Taranaki Regional Council can support you with a range of traps and devices, depending on your circumstances.
In urban areas we’re offering subsidised box-tunnel rat traps that are safe around pets and children for $10.
You can pick one up from:
In addition, many schools in the region sell the trap sets as a fundraiser. Get in touch with your local school to check if they have any on site.
If you’re unsure about using a trap, we will also provide assistance and discuss options you’re comfortable with. You may also find the following video helpful:
Already got your trap?
When you get your trap, be sure to register on the Trap.NZ website or app. Recording your trap location, catches and trap checks helps us monitor the success of the project and identify any predator hot spots.
It also provides invaluable data not only for this project, but for others around New Zealand wanting to do something similar. It’s simple and free, with apps for both Apple and Android.
If you’re trapping at home, register with the online database Trap.NZ, via its website or app. Then record all your catches and also your trap checks (even when nothing has been caught). This makes Trap.NZ a source of valuable data tracking the region’s efforts and identifying gaps.