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General

General

Why are there no dead pests underneath my Goodnature trap?

Scavenging is a frequent occurrence so it is unlikely you will see everything that is killed. Rats, stoats, 
cats, birds including weka, pigs and dogs scavenge dead critters 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.

What is a Goodnature Digital Strike Counter?

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.

How do I know how much CO2 is left in the canister?

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.

Can I shift the trap when it is live?

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.

Can I purchase extra tree mount brackets?

Yes but best practice is to instead purchase extra traps 
and increase your area of control allowing your existing traps to manage reinvasion.

How do I refresh the lure?

While our lures are long life, they will eventually
 tire and diminish in their scent when exposed to air. At least once a month, remove the shroud cap and take the long life lure bottle out, tap it against the tree trunk so the tired lure is dabbed out 
as a pre-feed to attract pests. Wipe all excess lure away from the bite block, or mouth of the lure bottle, and return to the trap. See the Success Guides for more information.

I suspect my trap is faulty

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!

I caught a pest! What should I do?

In the field: You don't need to do anything. The dead animal will either be taken by another animal 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.

When can I stop trapping?

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.

Do you ship to the United States or Canada?

The A24 automatic humane trap for rats is available in this region from Automatic Trap Company www.automatictrap.com

A24 Related

A24 Related

I already know I have rats. Why should I use the detector cards?

Rodent Detector Cards will show you the best place to put your A24 trap, i.e. places where rats feel safe to eat. Watch our great Rodent Detector Video online about how to use these cards to maximise the effectiveness of your trap.

I set my A24 by a compost bin or food source but I'm still seeing rats.

Food-rich areas are complex rat trapping sites and may require extra effort to achieve success. Locations where you see rats or signs of rats are not necessarily spots where they will trigger the trap. Use Rodent Detectors to determine the best place to set a trap. You may have to disrupt the rats' routine by moving or reducing access to the food-rich source, if possible, forcing them to look elsewhere for food.

How do I use the A24 trap to target stoats?

Simply replace your Goodnature rat lure with a bottle of Goodnature stoat lure. Set the trap near the edge of a stream/ waterway, on a ridge, track, or on a pasture margin/bush line. Ensure the trap is set away from houses and other food sources such as chicken coops that can act as a competing food source for the lure. If stoats have been scavenging rats from your A24 trap then now is a good time to target them.

Is the A24 a danger to native birds?

When installed at the recommended 12cm off the ground the A24 is difficult for a bird to enter. The exception
 is where weka are present. In this case, install the trap 75cm off the ground or attach a Goodnature Weka Excluder to the A24 trap.

Is the A24 trap a danger to pet cats?

Goodnature's long life rodent lure is not attractive to cats. The shroud entrance is also too narrow for a cat to fit its head into, and the trap is installed 12cm off
 the ground to further prevent a cat interrogating
 the trap. It is extremely unlikely that a cat will trigger
 an A24 rat trap. Neighbourhood cats, however, are likely to remove dead rats and mice from below the trap.

How many A24 rat traps should I get for my land area?

The general rule of thumb is two per hectare (spaced
 50m apart). If you have a large area for conservation or a complex site such as an orchard, then call us.

A12 Related

A12 Related

Is the A12 trap a danger to cats?

It is extremely unlikely that a cat will trigger an A12 possum trap because the trap can only be fired through deliberate action. A combination of the lure formula and trigger design make the trap unattractive to cats and require the Bite Block to be deliberately bitten and pulled down with 700g of force for the trap to fire.

Is the A12 a danger to native birds?

The lure for the A12 is designed to be unattractive to birds. Always set A12 traps on a trunk that's vertical and at 70cm above ground to ensure no non-target species are put at risk.

My pre-feed is disappearing but I'm not seeing dead possums. Is the trap not working?

The pre-feed may be taken by other animals such as rats and mice. Be patient and re-apply a small amount of pre-feed to the bite block and the tree below the trap. Ensure the trap is set on a tree trunk that's vertical with a diameter between 15-30cm. Set the trap so that its base is 70cm above the ground. Remember, scavenging is a frequent occurrence so it is unlikely you will see everything that is killed.

How many A12 traps should I get for my land area?

The general rule of thumb in conservation is one per hectare (spaced 100m apart). This changes in sites modified and made complex by humans. If you have a large area for conservation or a complex site such as an orchard, then call us.

Oops - I can't separate the tree mount.

If you’ve accidentally snapped the TREE MOUNT and TRAP BODY together before installation, take a flat-nosed screwdriver and ease it between the top of the TREE MOUNT and the TRAP BODY. Gently lever the screwdriver nose down on the tip of the rounded white pressure point. The MOUNT will ease away from the BODY.

 

 

Digital Strike Counter Related

My Counter shows a number, but I haven't seen anything dead. 

We get this question a lot. Scavenging is really common – even if you don’t expect it. Pigs, dogs and cats commonly scavenge dead possums. 

How long does the battery last?

The battery should last for up to 5 years. The device spends most of its time sleeping as it only uses power when the trap strikes or when you check the tally.

What to do when the battery dies?

When your Counter’s battery dies, send it into Goodnature to be refurbished. NOTE: opening the Counter casing voids the Goodnature warranty. 

My Counter still shows '00', why is that?

There could be a number of reasons for this. You could be accidentally zeroing the Counter when you check the tally because you’re holding the button down too long (see ‘CHECKING THE COUNTER’ on Page 9 of a Success Guide).

Other reasons could be that you haven’t followed our tree selection and setup instructions (see Pages 5 and 7) or if you have done, perhaps you haven’t observed our maintenance instructions for keeping the lure refreshed and/or replacing the gas every 6 months (see ‘SHIFTING YOUR TRAPS’ on Page 11 of a Success Guide).

Can a rat or possum set the Counter off any other way?

This is unlikely, as the Counter is calibrated to tick over when there’s a strong jolt such as the trap firing. 

How do I put the Counter onto the trap? 

See Step 5 of ‘SETTING YOUR TRAPS’ on Page 8 in a Success Guide

What happens when the Counter gets to 99? 

Firstly, you celebrate the success of constant control with your family and friends and then you zero the Counter because it stops counting once it gets to 99.

How many pests can I expect to kill?

Every location will be different. Possum movements and populations vary throughout the year. Provided the trap is properly maintained (see Page 10 of a Success Guide) and located, it will always be ready and waiting as a constant control. You can relocate the trap periodically (see Page 11 of a Success Guide) or grow your trap network to control a greater area.

Why is my Counter showing kills on it when I've got it out of the box? 

The Counter is set off by jolts and jolts are something that happen while your Goodnature Counter is making its way from us to you. See Page 8 of a Success Guide on how to zero your Counter.

Will the target pests interact with the Counter? 

Yes, sometimes they might. Rats on occasion can gnaw the plastic of the Counter (and the trap) and sometimes possums might work the Counter off the canister while climbing over the trap trying to find how to get to the delicious lure. 

How do I get the Counter off the canister? 

See the ‘DE-COUPLING’ section on ‘SHIFTING YOUR TRAPS’ on Page 11 in a Success Guide

Tips

General

General

Ensure you install the traps as instructed

For best results, and to ensure a humane kill the traps must be set as instructed. See our Success Guides for details.

Refresh the lure monthly

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 or possum paste. This should be done at least once a month. See our Success Guides for details.

Replace CO2 every 6 months

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.

Add to your trapping network

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 50m apart, and A12 possum traps 100m apart.

How many traps to use

In a conservation network best practise is to install:

1 x A12 trap per hectare when targeting possums

2 x A24 traps per hectare when targeting rats

Around the farm, orchard or other food rich site a greater density of traps may be required.

Trap trials

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 and possums.

Purchase a Goodnature Digital Strike Counter

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!

We can provide you with a quote

If you require a quote for a funding application, or for a large project please contact us directly: hello@goodnature.co.nz

Zero waste

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.

A24 Related

A12 Related

Use rodent detector cards

To get the best results from your A24 rat traps ensure you use Goodnature Rodent Detector Cards to find suitable sites for the traps. Not every trap site is equal, and the detector cards will quickly reveal the better sites.

Set traps away from food competition

Rather than setting your trap near an existing food source for pests, install the traps away from food competition for better results.

If your trap is already installed near a compost site or other excellent food source you may have to remove the food source or restrict the pests' access to that site. If pests are in the habit of accessing a regular source of food you may have to break that pattern to get them interested in the lure within the trap.

If you need extra assistance give Goodnature a call!

The traps did not kill anything on the first night

We usually establish a landscape/grid operation where it is not critical that all animals are affected immediately, only that they are attracted to the trap by the lure; and it is 'armed' when they interact with it. This may happen on the first night, or after many nights; when they are in this area of their home range. Timing is not critical since control is achieved over a period of months, and then maintained over longer periods.

How to trap stoats

Use target specific Goodnature stoat lure in the A24 Rat & Stoat Trap. Set the trap near the edge of a stream/waterway, on a ridge, track, or on a pasture margin/bush line. Ensure the trap is set away from houses and other food sources such as chicken coops that can act as a competing food source for the lure.

Your A24 trap can kill hedgehogs

Be aware your A24 may kill hedgehogs - another serious pest in New Zealand. See our Pests page for more details about the destruction caused by hedgehogs. A well-placed A24 will keep hedgehog populations to low numbers, however if you wish to avoid trapping hedgehogs in your A24s, set the traps 30cm above the ground to make it more difficult for them to gain access.

Read our frequently asked questions

For more information about how to get the best from your Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap please refer to the FAQ section on our website, and read the A24 Success Guide, found in the Manuals section.

Watch demonstrations

Robbie demonstrates how to install the traps and refresh the lure. Watch these, and other great clips on our Videos page.

A12 Related

A12 Related

Choose the right tree

Set the trap where you find signs of possum activity such as droppings, scratching's on tree trunks, or worn bark on trees that are frequently climbed. The right trapping tree has a straight trunk, which is clear of branches below the trap (plus no shrubs at
 the base); its diameter should be between 15-30cm (between a bread plate and a large dinner plate across). Set the trap so that its base is 70cm above the ground.

Install trap at the recommended height

To ensure that each kill is humane the A12 trap for possums needs to be set 70cm above the ground. At this height a possum will have all four paws wrapped around the tree trunk, and can only investigate the lure filled trigger mechanism with it's mouth, lining itself up for a humane kill.

If the trap is set lower a possum could stand on the ground and put its head in the trap in an unorthodox way. If it were to trigger the trap in this fashion the possum would be injured but not killed, and would not return to the trap.

Setting the trap higher than 70cm will likely reduce its effectiveness as possums will have to work harder to get to the trap.

Set away from competing food sources

Rather than setting an A12 trap for possums on your lemon tree or near your vegetable garden for example, install the trap away from such existing food sources to minimise competition for the lure. Aim to attract possums to the trap before they reach your fruit trees and roses.

Prefeed the trap with possum lure

Use Goodnature possum lure, cinnamon formula to prefeed the trap site. Put dabs of the lure on trees in a 10m radius of the trap to encourage possums to seek out more lure and interact with the A12 trap.

Find a good site for your A12 trap

One way to find a good site for your A12 possum trap is to use Goodnature Rodent Detector Cards. Designed for rats, these cards can also detect possum interaction, pinpointing a suitable site for your A12 trap. Possums have two large front incisors in their upper and lower jaws. With aggressive behaviour they scratch large areas of the card's detection surface and even bend the detector cards. Read our Rodent Detector Kit Guide in the Manuals section of this website for more information.

Increase possum activity at the trap site

Particularly tricky-to-catch possums can be drawn to the trap if it stands out in the dark. Blaze the tree by using a handful of flour or icing sugar and rubbing this down the trunk below your possum trap then apply pre feed paste as usual. The brightness of the flour/sugar in the dark can attract curious possums to the site.

Read our frequently asked questions

For more information about how to get the best from your Goodnature A12 self-resetting possum trap please refer to the FAQ section on our website, and read the A12 Success Guide, found in the Manuals section.

Watch demonstrations

Robbie demonstrates how to install the traps and refresh the lure. Watch these, and other great clips on our Videos page.

Case Studies

A24 RATS - USER STORY - RACHEL HAD A RAT PROBLEM

Food competition can be the biggest barrier to trapping success. Things like compost bins, dog biscuit bags, food stores and chicken feed all provide excellent food sources for rats. Once rats have a trusted food source, it can take some effort to get them to try something new. 

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A24 RATS - URBAN - KARORI

John lives on a 516 square metre property in Karori with an overgrown section to the rear and a neglected bush reserve across the road. After relocating his A24 to find the right spot to trap, John has tallied 21 dead in 29 days.

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A24 RATS - RURAL - MORRINSVILLE

Laurence Giles is a farmer operating north of the Waikato town of Morrinsville. His property sits in the hills west of the Hauraki Plains, backing onto bush. This case study looks at how Laurence invested wisely to get success through Goodnature technology.

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A24 RATS - REGIONAL COUNCIL - SOUTHLAND

Following long-term cost analysis of rat control options, Environment Southland chose to deploy A24s to enhance biodiversity in the Stirling bush block. The project has since recorded consecutive 0% rat monitors, while rat numbers continue to grow in neighbouring blocks.

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A24 RATS - COMMUNITY GROUP - MIRAMAR

Backed by the Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and a committed core group of volunteers, Places for Penguins’ project team has stepped up its conservation efforts by increasing the density of Goodnature A24 traps around kororā nesting boxes.

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A12 POSSUMS - COMMUNITY GROUP - OMORI/KURATAU

Russel Shaw from Omori/Kuratau Pest Management Group shares their successful results from establishing an A12 network and killing 50 possums in the first month.

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A24 STOATS - COMMUNITY GROUP - TONGARIRO

Goodnature A24 traps have been used to protect whio/blue duck on the upper Tongariro River for nearly three years, in an area where no other pest control occurs.

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Doc Reliability Report 1 - A24

DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.

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Doc Reliability Report 2 - A24

DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the second 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.

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Doc Reliability Report 3 - A24

DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the third 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.

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Doc Report - Native Island

DOC's Native Island rat eradication project was successful in removing the rat population from Native Island using Goodnature A24 traps. This report outlines the process and results.

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Doc Report - Rats 100 x 100m

DOC, using Goodnature A24 traps at half best practice density, successfully knocked down and controlled elevated rat populations to undetectable levels.

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Doc Report - Rats 100 x 50m

The Harts Hill project established by DOC and Fiordland Conservation Trust successfully knocked down and controlled elevated rat populations in beech forest to undetectable levels using Goodnature A24 traps.

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Manuals

A24 Success Guide

The combination of Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap technology, long-life lures, and you, the trapper, are the key to protection against introduced pests. This success guide gives you the tools to get great results.

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A12 Success Guide

The combination of Goodnature A12 self-resetting trap technology, long-life lures, and you, the trapper, are the key to protection against introduced possums. This success guide gives you the tools to get great results.

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ALP INSTRUCTIONS

The Auto Lure Pump (ALP) is the latest advancement in Goodnature’s world-leading conservation technology. These instructions explain how to first activate and then install the ALP into your A24 so your trap stays constantly attractive with fresh lure for 6 months without any need for maintenance visits.

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Rodent Detector Kit Guide

Rodent Detector Cards allow you to assess, not guess, the best places to put your A24 rat traps. Analyse the distinct bite marks left by target pests using this instruction manual. Set your traps where rodents have marked the cards.

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Strike Counter Instructions

Your Digital Strike Counter collects the number of strikes your trap has delivered in the intervals between trap checks. Please take the time to read these instructions to get the optimum performance from your device.

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Ensure success with your A24

Ensure your traps are constantly available and attractive to pests by following our best practice rebaiting guidelines. Refresh the lure in your traps every month. Every 6 months replace the CO2 canister and lure bottle.

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How to shift your A24

Rather than shift your traps, it is better to add to the trapping network and increase your pest free area. If however, you need to move your trap or have found a better location for it, it is very important you follow these instructions.

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Choosing a site for your A12

Setting your A12 trap in a suitable location, and at the recommended height are critical factors that will maximise your trapping success. Take advantage of these guidelines to ensure success.

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Ensure success with your A12

Ensure your traps are constantly available and attractive to pests by following our best practice rebaiting guidelines. Refresh the lure in your traps every month. Every 6 months replace the CO2 canister and lure bottle.

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How to shift your A12

Rather than shift your traps, it is better to add to the trapping network and increase your pest free area. If however, you need to move your trap or have found a better location for it, it is very important you follow these instructions.

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Targeting Stoats with an A24

As with all stoat control tools, the Goodnature A24 Rat and Stoat trap is ideally set in a network of traps when targeting stoats. The location of the trap is a key factor for success, as is the Goodnature long life lure used to attract the pest.

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Weka Excluder Instructions

The Weka Excluder has been developed to protect inquisitive species such as Weka from entering the kill area of the trap. Please take the time to read these instructions to ensure optimum performance from your device.

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Technical Documents

A24 Humane Evaluation -       Rats

In independent field evaluations undertaken to assess the welfare performance of the A24 trap for rats, it achieved the A Class NAWAC guidelines for a humane kill trap, killing the target species quickly and effectively.

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A12 Humane Evaluation - Possums

In independent field evaluations undertaken to assess the welfare performance of the A12 trap for possums, it achieved the A Class NAWAC guidelines for a humane kill trap, killing the target pest quickly and effectively.

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A24 Humane Evaluation - Stoats

In independent field evaluations which assessed the welfare performance of the A24 trap for stoats it rendered the target species irreversibly unconscious quickly and effectively, meeting the NAWAC kill trap testing guidelines.

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A24 Technical Drawing

The Goodnature A24 trap combines superb design engineering principles and behavioural science with the highest manufacturing standards to deliver a trap that will kill up to 24 times per CO2 canister.

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A12 Technical Drawing

The Goodnature A12 trap combines superb design engineering principles and behavioural science with the highest manufacturing standards to deliver a trap that will kill up to 12 times per CO2 canister.

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Warnings and Warranties

Please be responsible with your automatic traps and use only as recommended in Goodnature Success Guides. See our Warnings and Warranty Information for more details.

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DOC RECOMMENDATION UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016 

Goodnature, supported by the Department of Conservation, has developed reliable and effective self-resetting traps and long-life lures. DOC formal recommendation update: This statement includes updated advice on the A24 traps as an effective tool for stoat control based on kiwi survival rates in DOC trials.  

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GOODNATURE – CONSTANT CONTROL APP – PRIVACY POLICY 

Goodnature operates the Goodnature - Constant Control App, which provides the SERVICE. This page is used to inform app visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information if anyone decided to use our Service.

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