Place traps

Last Updated : 14 Mar 2022
Victor Professional Rat Trap In Box

Our native birds, lizards, and insects once lived 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 that 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 not as likely to see them during the day. Removing pests 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.

Types of traps

There are different 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, pet 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.

Victor Rat Trap

Victor Rat Trap



Handy tips

  • Always wear gloves when placing and baiting and clearing traps
  • Make sure your trap is in a tunnel to prevent curious birds, cats or children from reaching it
  • Start by baiting your unset trap for a week or two. Once your bait is being taken regularly, bait and set your trap
  • Check your trap and change your bait regularly to ensure a constant supply of bait, and a set trap
  • 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 – rats and possums have large home ranges so the more traps in your neighbourhood, the more likely you are to catch them
  • 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 can also be poisonous if eaten by other animals.

Find out more on how to control pest animals here.

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