Effective Pest Management for Possums & Rats

The only Automatic Possum Trapping Solution

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NZ's Only Automatic Possum & Rat Trap

Built and proven right here in New Zealand

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Built for the NZ Environment

Our proven automatic trapping solution

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From Cape Reinga to the Bluff

Changing the way we control predators across New Zealand

Since the first prototype in 2016, over 15,000 traps have been deployed successfully across New Zealand and the Pacific!

Iwi, farms and environmental organisations have used them in projects ranging from urban back yard to extensive back country. The AT220 is in the Predator Free NZ tool box.

Don't just take our word for it...

"For years, while setting manual traps, we dreamed of a trap that re-baited itself. That's why when we heard about the AT220 we were so excited.

It was even better than we hoped, not only did the trap keep re-baiting itself, and resetting itself, it also dealt to both possums and rats!

Using only the AT220 we bought rats to ZERO over 263 hectares and bought possums down to just 5%."

Click here to read the report

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the AT220 easy to use?

The AT220 has combined a lot of technology into one trap, and it can be a little intimidating! However, using the trap is as simple as:

1. Screwing it to a tree

2. Pouring in the lure

3. Screwing in the battery

4. And pressing a button!

link to set up video.

Why is the AT220 more effective than other traps?

With reports of up to 12 possums in one night, How does the AT220 achieve these amazing results...

  • Fresh bait...Liquid lure is dispenced every night so it's always fresh and always present.
  • Free samples. The lure will spill from the trap and down the tree creating a scent trail and giving rats and possums a no-risk sample and confidence to engage with the trap.
  • Open design. The trap has been designed as open as possible to encourage animals to enter. We have managed to keep the trap open yet maintain a very low by-catch of nontarget species by deactivating the trap during daylight hours.
  • No touch trigger. the trigger for the trap is an eye beam sensor trapping even the most cautious rat
  • It's always set! This may seem a bit obvious but a resetting trap will keep trapping pests, whereas conventional single-set traps can often be out of action. Also.. a dead animal in the forest creates a strong scent trail and therefore a lot of interest from other animals. The resetting multi-species AT220 can capitalize on this interest and this is why our users are constantly observing the "The more you catch the more you catch" phenomena associated with the AT220.

What happens to the dead pests?

After the pest has been killed the trap will release it and it will drop to the ground where it will often be taken away by other animals or simply biodegrade. Surprisingly this will not deter any of our target species in fact in many cases it seems to attract more animals!

How long do the batteries last before needing replacing?

Our rechargeable batteries are designed to last up to 6 months or 100 kills.

A USB charger supplied with the trap will recharge the battery overnight.

Spare batteries can be purchased and the trap comes supplied with a USB-compatible charger.

What are the ingredients in the lure?

The non-toxic lure is a high-tech mayonnaise designed to keep its consistency through hot and cold weather for months in the field. Pests love it! 

Like our batteries, the majority of AT220s in the field will still be functioning after 6 months of operation, 3 monthly checks are advised in areas where pest control is critical.

What about by-catch?

Our native bird by-catch is extremly low due to 3 factors:

Tree mounted eliminating risk to flightless birds.

Daytime deactivation dramatically reducing risk to all diurnal (day active) species this includes almost all flying species of bird.

Mayo Lure Birds and domestic cats are not attracted to our lure.

Does the trap catch Stoats and Mustelids?

We get constant reports of stoat kills but stop short of calling this a stoat trap. Research on specific lures is ongoing and exciting!

What about pets eg. Cats?

Our Lure is a mayonnaise based product which in our studies has been unappealing to a well feed domestic micro chipped cat. This combined with the daytime deactivation feature (we recommend domestic cats to be inside at night) minimizes the chances of an interaction with a domestic cats with microchips.

However we do get consistent reports of feral cats, often being attracted to scent left behind.

How far apart do you place the AT220?

This question depends on whether you are protecting your bach from rats and mice or trying to eradicate all invasive pests from a landscape. Here is a report of one such successful project that show rats can be eradicated with roughly one AT220 per hectare (100x100 metres)

link coming soon

What's the rope/cord hanging off the trap?

This is the “Rat ladder”. You don't need to tie it to anything. It's designed to hang down to help/encourage rats to climb into the trap. Ideally it will become covered in liquid lure and just reach the top of the ramp.

What's the ramp for?

The ramp is simply a short length of timber or sturdy stick, fixed below the trap on a steep angle and has two functions.

1. To encourage access to pests

2. To provide a good perch for an optimal possum kill, which is standing on hind legs reaching its head into the trap with arms holding the tree.

Do the traps have a warranty?

Our traps have a one year warranty and we are committed to providing the lowest possible repairs for another year after that. Our traps are built to last with high grade stainless steel and interchangeable components and we think they will be servicable for many years to come.

How do I make the trap safe around Weka?

If weka are present in the area you are trapping, the height of the trap should be increased to 1.3 m. If you are using a ramp leading up to the trap, it should be set at an angle of 55 degrees.

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