|It was found that rats frequented bait stations |
that were placed in trees more than those directly
on the ground. We paint them green so they are
less likely to be seen by the public and
We are now converting some of the trap covers to bait stations.
14th June 2011
The trap itself is just the standard wooden rat trap. The covers that hold the trap has been designed to minimised or eliminate the catch of un-targeted species. We have six at present in the gully. This is giving us an indication of whether the design works (and it does) and what the rat population is likely to be.
15th May 2011
Our Group has designed and built six rat prototype trap covers. Carpet Court went to some trouble to source a length of plastic pipe that carpet used to be rolled on for us so that we can make another 10 trap covers (we now have enough pipe for 20).
- Rat numbers usually spike in Nov each year.
- Survey the area into a maximum size of a 75metre square grid. One bait / trap station per grid.
- DOC can supply a spread sheet to record a track monitoring system.
- Recommended “mini-philproof” bate stations. http://www.philproof.co.nz/gen_showproduct.php?cat=3
- This would cover possum & rat poisoning from the same station
- Recommended to use the second general coagulant poison brodifacoum.
- brodifacoum is marketed under several names, one is Pestoff , http://www.pestoff.co.nz/products.htm
- Poison baits available at rural retailers. Wrightson or RD1
Photo from http://www.doc.govt.nz/ Ship rat in a fantail nest