Our native birds evolved without predators like rats, possums and stoats. While these animals have important roles in their original ecosystems, their introduction to Aotearoa threatens our native wildlife who are defenceless against them. Many people don’t realise how many pests there are in a typical Auckland backyard. Rats and possums are nocturnal, so you’re unlikely to see them during the day. Removing them from your backyard will help save tūī and other NZ birds.
This handy guide will take you through the steps of identifying and controlling pest animals in your backyard.
Backyard Trapping Tips with Ranger Glenn
Types of traps
There are different types of traps you can use in your backyard. We recommend traps that have passed the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) testing guidelines - find out more here.
Victor Professional traps are best for trapping rats. The wooden box helps guide the rat to the trap while keeping the trap out of reach of curious birds, cats, and children.
Trapinators are specially designed for controlling possums in Aotearoa/New Zealand and are safe and easy, to bait and set.
Auckland Council does not provide free traps directly to the public, instead we provide funding and support to community conservation organisations across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland who have the skills and resources to support you with your trapping needs.
To connect with your local conservation organisation check out the Auckland Conservation Directory on our website Tiaki Tāmaki Makaurau | Conservation Auckland. You can also visit our friends at Predator Free NZ for some other trap options, and for further guidance.