Make your backyard pest free

The journey to restore our beautiful natural environment can start in your own backyard.


1. Join Pest Free Kaipātiki 

Complete our registration form to be kept informed.

2. Identify & Record your backyard Pest Plants

Find your pest plant using the pest plant guide

Otherwise try using the iNaturalis App

Once you have them identified, register them on the EcoTrack App. You can

read our PFK EcoTrack user guide here to get started.

3. Visit the ToolShed

Visit the Tool Shed every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month to borrow a:

  • rat trap or bait station

  • backyard weed bags

  • garden tools, and

  • get great advice.

The Tool Shed is located under the Senior Citizens Hall, 251 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead (down the driveway on the opposite side of the road to the library). 

4. Set your rat trap

Set your rat trap in the quarterly predator pulse every February, April, August and November.

Record your findings on the EcoTrack App. You can read our PFK EcoTrack user guide here to get started.

Learn more by attending a predator training course.

5. Weed over Spring - Autumn

Use the pest plant guide to learn how to treat your pest plants.

Learn more by attending a pest plant training course.

6. Plant in the winter

If you are looking to replant with natives, find out about ecosource seeds by visiting the DOC website.

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