GoodNature Traps Deployment Guide
Deploying the Goodnature Traps in the UK
Site Identification & Preparation
Key: To understand the ground that the traps will be deployed to.
Unlike other traps, Goodnature Traps require rats to engage positively with the trap. They cannot scurry over or through a Goodnature Trap; unlike gripping traps there is no risk of maiming and the Goodnature traps are poison free.
How to critique the trapping ground:
The key to the Goodnature Trap is to know where the rats feel safe, comfortable and where they will breed. The rats will travel to the food and water. The traps need to be deployed where the rats live, NOT where they feed. See the guide to Rat Behaviour
Finding the different places rat live and eat:
Through looking for rat burrows where they live and indicators of where they feed.
Once these site has been located, the Goodnature indicator cards should be placed as close to the place of harbour and safety for the rats as reasonably possible.
Importantly, the indicators should NOT be placed near the rat runs, but rather where the rats feel safe.
The GoodNature indicator cards should be left for a few days to see if they are eaten and engaged with by the rats. If so then it confirms the rats are happy with the lure, where it is and what it tastes like.
If the indicator cards have not had any satisfactory level of engagement by the rats it is time to think again for a better location.
A24 Goodnature Trap Deployment
Once the detector cards have shown you the locations to place your trap you can then look to deploy the Goodnature Trap. The fixings provided will allow you to place the trap on a tree, wooden post or in and around a building. We have been experimenting with the trap position and have found that on occasion placing the trap at a 45-degree angle encourages the rodent to interact more confidently.
Care should be taken while handling the Goodnature trap, not only with regards to the bolt, as human scent will be a deterrent to the rats. If possible, use a glove or tissue to handle the trap. Any advantage you can gain on the rat population is worth it.
If you are using the Goodnature trap around the outside of buildings, we suggest placing a board up against the trap, creating a more secure feeding area for the rodent. The more shelter you can afford a rat whilst feeding, the more securely and confidently it will feed. Thus, increasing catch rates. If you have more than one trap, it is a good idea to place one in the immediate vicinity of the rats’ living area (Burrows, Hedge Rows).
Monitoring of your Goodnature trapping Network
A simple monthly check is all that is required to maintain the integrity of your trapping regime. Refresh the lure by wiping the old lure at the base of the trap, then squeeze fresh lure out and replace.
Giving the Rats a free lunch!
It is most effective to start with the rodent detector cards; regular free baiting will allow the rats to feed safely, creating a new food source that they will actively seek out. More can be found at the Rat Behaviour guide.
Overcome Neophobia in Rodents
Has any effort been made to reduce the availability of the other food sources in the area? If not, they need to make an effort to keep other food sources unavailable in the area.
Ensure the traps are placed in sheltered areas, preferably corners or covered areas. The darker the better.
(For a more detailed look into neophobia in rats see the Neophobia guide here)
Place them in areas which have low traffic and low foot fall; quiet safe areas will be far more productive.
Do not move the trap every couple of days. Wait!
Otherwise this just presents the rats with a new object that they will fail to gain confidence in. A trap may not catch straight away, however the longer you leave it, the more confident the rats will become with it.
Eventually leading to them making their final mistake.
Dont forget to check the traps every week or so. This will make the sure has not dried out .
Specifically you can add lure around the trap to keep it smelling as attractive as possible.
Here is a short video on checking the trap: