Traps help keep area pest free

Franklin County News - - PROPERTY FEATURE -

At a re­cent Pa­tuma­hoe School assem­bly stu­dents and par­ents got to see how the Good Na­ture A24 rat traps work, as part of the Whakaupoko Land­care group’s Preda­tor-Free Pa­tuma­hoe.

The Good Na­ture A24 traps are self-re­set­ting, re­quire lit­tle main­te­nance and have a small car­bon diox­ide can­is­ter that pro­vides power for up to 24 kills, to help with a preda­tor free en­vi­ron­ment.

The assem­bly pro­vided an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to stu­dents how the Good Na­ture Traps work and where not to put cu­ri­ous fin­gers, Whakaupoko Land­care’s An­drew Sin­clair said.

The lure is cho­co­late based and has a small ex­pand­ing ball in­side that keeps the lure fresh and at­trac­tive for up to six months.

There are also coun­ters on the traps so that peo­ple can see how many rats are killed.

The Kiwi Bank Preda­tor Free ini­tia­tive has seen many prop­erty own­ers take up the op­por­tu­nity of buy­ing sub­sidised Good Na­ture traps.

Sin­clair said it was ex­cit­ing times for the Franklin com­mu­nity, as more peo­ple take pride in their sur­round­ings.

‘‘Every­one is re­ally get­ting on board the preda­tor free ini­tia­tive and start­ing first with what they can do in their own back yard.’’

Some of the bush ar­eas close to Pa­tuma­hoe - which are not preda­tor free - have close to dou­ble the amount of Kereru as the Maun­gatau­tari Sanc­tu­ary which is com­pletely preda­tor free, and Tui numbers are sim­i­lar.

Com­bined with the Good Na­ture traps within the com­mu­nity, there are also a net­work of spring pow­ered traps that are con­tribut­ing to the elim­i­na­tion of pests.

There are also Good Na­ture traps suited to elim­i­nat­ing pos­sums.

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