Feral cats and possums
What can I do about them?
Disposal after trapping
What types of trap can I use?
No leg hold or gin traps
Reporting leg hold or gin traps in prohibited areas
Live catch cage traps (like the ones we hire out) are most suitable where there is a higher risk of catching pets. For best results set traps near possum-damaged plants or beside possum runs as follows:
- Place the trap on firm ground and check that the door closes properly when triggered.
- Make sure the trap faces the direction possums are most likely to approach from.
- Ensure the trap is placed so that a possum can't climb down on top of it, triggering the door to close too early.
- Attach bait to the trigger arm of the trap. Use apple, kiwifruit, orange or carrot.
- Set the trap by lifting the door and holding it open with the trip pin. Insert the trip pin only far enough to prevent a light wind from releasing the door.
Timms traps for possums
- keep fingers clear of the front opening at all times
- set traps in the evening and bait with a piece of fruit, such as quarter of a fresh apple or orange, or pieces of carrot. Don't use meat or fish as bait as it will attract cats to the trap
- keep family pets indoors while the trap is set and inform neighbours where traps are set so they can do the same
- release the set trap early morning - regular checking is essential to minimise distress to the trapped animal
- do not leave set traps in areas where inquisitive children and pets can access to them
- replace bait every two days.
Rat and mice traps
Page reviewed: 17 Aug 2016 9:57am