Introduced predators like rats and possums are our native birds' worst enemies. Their eggs and babies are defenceless against them.
Many people don't realise how many pests there are in a typical Auckland backyard. Rats, possums are nocturnal, so you're unlikely to see them.
However, if you use chew cards or lay a good trap or two, you'll soon find out how busy your backyard is while you're blissfully sleeping.
Types of traps
Always wear gloves when baiting and placing traps
Rats find it hard to resist a nice lump of fresh peanut butter. Chocolate/nut spreads work well too.
Encourage your neighbours to place traps by telling them about your trapping successes
Make sure your rubbish and compost bins are rodent-proof. Find out more here
If you choose to use poison bait (available at hardware stores), make sure the bait is well positioned so that children, household pets or other animals can't get to it. Take care to dispose of any dead rats as they are also poisonous if eaten by other animals.
Different predators need different traps and bait. Predator Free NZ has a range of effective traps, but make sure you always follow the directions for use.
Find out more on how to control pest animals here.Back to News