For best results, and to ensure a humane kill the traps must be set as instructed. See our Success Guides for details.
We’ve designed our traps to be simple to use.All you need to do is follow the instructions in the A18 Quick Start Guide precisely to set up the trap.Then resist the urge to change the setup or location or lure until at least a fortnight has passed (more info on lure replacement below).Grey squirrels, like all animals, have complex behavior patterns. Constantly moving the trap or changing the lure is just as likely to be the reason you don’t have success as the reason you do.Although you may feel like you’re having a slow start, the more time you invest in getting the trap set up correct initially and trusting that the trap and lure works, the more success you’ll have.Why not let the trap do all the hard work?
The risk of injury to non-target animals and none humane interaction mayincrease if the trap is used in a manner that does not follow our best practice guide.See Protect Non-Target Animals (link) for more information.
No. You should not shift a live trap. You must de-gas and then de-pressurise the trap before shifting. See the Success Guides for more detail.
To direct pest activity to your trap site refresh the lure in your traps regularly and prefeed them with a little of the rodent lure. This should be done at least once a month. Every week is even better! See our Success Guides for details.
To ensure your traps remain charged, replace the CO2 every 6 months. A good way to remember this is to time it with the replacement of your smoke alarm batteries at daylight savings, every 6 months.
You can test-fire the trap to see if there is CO2 remaining. To ensure your traps remain charged change the CO2 canister every 6 months. See the Success Guides for more detail.
The principle in the field is to ensure that every pest is put at risk by a trap, and that the risk is greater than the rate of reproduction and immigration. Rather than shifting your traps, add to your trapping network. Goodnature A24 traps for rats can be set 40m apart.
In a conservation network best practise is to install:
2 x A24 traps per acre when targeting rats.
Around the farm, orchard or other food rich site a greater density of traps may be required.
To maintain the conservation gains you have achieved through initial trapping, your traps should be left in place for the long term to catch any re-invading pests. Remember to refresh the lure monthly, and replace the CO2 and lure every 6 months.
DOC have done the trialling for you! The New Zealand Department of Conservation stand behind Goodnature traps as a reliable and effective tool for controlling rats. The AIHT’s have done it, as have DEFRA, used correctly, you will have great success.
Want to know how many pests your traps have killed? Install a Goodnature Digital Strike Counter. A great monitoring tool, this gadget registers a count every time your trap fires. It is particularly useful for collecting data where scavenging is a regular occurrence – at trap sites everywhere!
If you require a quote for a funding application, or for a large project please contact us directly. We are happy to offer the services of Vance Paines, our technical guru for consultancy.
Goodnature CO2 canisters are not reusable however they can be recycled with your household recycling.
The lure bottle is HDPE and is recyclable as long as it has been cleaned first. The lure bottle cap is also recyclable.
The traps have been designed for longevity in the field, and in a manner that allows us to service them if required so they continue working. We can also receive and recycle any unused traps.
Scavenging is a frequent occurrence so it is unlikely you will see everything that is killed. Rats, stoats, cats, foxes, birds of preys and dogs scavenge dead pests from below Goodnature traps. You can monitor rat levels with Rodent Detector Kits or purchase a Digital Strike Counter to get a clearer picture of trap activity.
Just in case you were wondering how many times the trap had been triggered, Goodnature has made a digital strike counter. Packed into a tiny enclosure, the strike counter slides onto the CO2 canister and spends most of its day asleep.
It is sparked into action only when the trap is set off. Because it sleeps so much, you should get five years between battery changes, even if you check it weekly.
Test fire your trap as outlined in the Success Guides – your trap may need a new CO2 canister. If you have any concerns get in touch with us!
In the field: You don’t need to do anything. The rodent will either be taken by a predator such as a badger, buzzard, cat, fox or owl; or slowly decay into the environment.
Around the home: A dead animal will get smelly after a few days of warm weather. To avoid any unpleasant odours bury the carcass under a few centimetres of soil or compost.