Predator Free NZ with the world's smartest trap
From Cape Reinga to Bluff
Since the first prototype in 2016, over 10,000 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.
NZ's only automatic, self resetting trap that kills both possums & rats.
With auto baiting, daylight/evening programmes and an open trap design, the AT220 is the most efficient way to keep your property predator free.
Designed to target NZ's invasive possums and rats, this trap is changing the way we control pests in New Zealand.
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!
With reports of up to 12 possums in one night, How does the AT220 achieve these amazing results...
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!
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.
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.
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.
We get constant reports of stoat kills but stop short of calling this a stoat trap. Research on specific lures is ongoing and exciting!
We are relieved to say that with 3 years and 12,000 traps throughout the country in urban and rural environments we have caught –0– domestic cats!
However we do get consistent reports of feral cats, We attribute this to a lack of interest in our lure and the AT220's day time deactivation feature.
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
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.
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.
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.
To help make Predator Free 2050 a reality.
There are plenty of reasons Predator Free 2050 needs to happen. And they all come down to protecting the environment. We take our role in looking after the land seriously. NZ AutoTraps provide a non-toxic, low-waste, and humane solution to the pest eradication that NZ is trying to achieve.
We are easy on the environment, but tough on predators.
Our people are as reliable and hard working as our traps.
From humble beginnings, learn more about the story of NZ AutoTraps and our team.
Contact: Haydn 0272115395
Contact: Kevin 021301029
Unit 5, 143 Commerce St, Whakatane, 3120
Empowering all New Zealanders with a smart, hard-working tool that effectively and safely catches our invasive predators.