Traps help keep area pest free
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.