JOIN THE PREDATOR PULSE

The Kaipatiki Community undertakes predator pulsing in February, April, August and November each year.

A pulse is when predator control is undertaken at special intervals. These dates are selected because they are timed around food scarcity, rodent breeding cycles or native bird breeding cycles and helps maintain volunteer energy.

On this page you will learn how to set a trap or bait station, understand important health & safety relating to predator control and learn about the different types of predators that are lurking in your backyard.

Set a rat trap
Set a bait station
Health & Safety

Before beginning predator control activity, please read our Health & Safety Hazard Sheet. This will ensure that you, your family, pets and environment stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions contact us.

Predators in your backyard!

Every year volunteers undertake predator chew card studies in reserves and backyards, and these results show where predators are more frequent in Kaipatiki.

 

These are the predators we know are around your neighbourhood:

Rat Control

In suburban areas like Kaipātiki, a huge threat to our native birds and insects are the Ship rat and Norway rat.

A number of areas in Kaipātiki are already running rat control programmes -  both in the reserve and in properties around the reserve (halo projects). If you back onto a bush reserve, contact us and we can help connect you with a pest control programme happening in your area.

Photo: Rats in a thrush nest / credit: Nga Manu images

 

Read our rat control guide:

Pest Free Kaipātiki Predator Control Training Guide - Rodents 101

 

Traps on loan 

Traps can be borrowed from the Tool Shed if you live in an ecological halo

Possums

One possum can eat around 65kg of native bush each night. They dine on the new growth of trees - the shoots, buds and leaves.  They also love to eat native bird's eggs and chicks out of the nest. Most female possums can breed from one year old and can produce two young a season, if food supplies are adequate. 

Possum trap

 

Timms traps are available on loan from the Pest Free Kaipatiki Tool Shed.

Read our possum control guide:

Pest Free Kaipātiki Predator Control Training Guide - Possums 101

Photo: Possum / credit: Nga Manu Images

Stoats

Stoats are few and far between in urban areas, but when present are a serious threat to native birds, bird nests and eggs. Stoats are normally targeted with a DOC200 trap.

If you see a stoat in Kaipātiki, please contact us immediately to report it so we can deploy a DOC200 trap in this area.

Photo: Stoat stealing egg / credit: Jo Garbutt Flickr (CC)

Read our Hedgehog and Mustelid control guide:

Pest Free Kaipātiki Hedgehog and Mustelid Control Guidelines

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are special and endangered where they came from in Great Britain, but are strangers and key predators to New Zealand's wildlife. They eat eggs, ground nesting birds, chicks, lizards and invertebrates every night. Hedgehog are normally targeted with a DOC200 trap.

If you see or hear hedgehog in Kaipātiki, please contact us to report it so we can deploy a DOC200 trap in this area.

Photo: Hedgehog stealing egg / credit: forest&bird

Read our Hedgehog and Mustelid control guide:

Pest Free Kaipātiki Hedgehog and Mustelid Control Guidelines

Wasps

New Zealand has thousands of native bees and wasps, but both are threatened by the invasive German, Common or paper wasp. 

Read our Wasp control guide:

Photo: Paper Wasp nest / credit: Mislav Marohnic Flickr (CC)

Plague skinks and other pest animals

See details on the next page 

Photo: Rainbow or Plague skink / credit: Daniel Hoops

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