FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the best traps for mice and/or rats?
This depends on where and what the rodents are living, what they are eating etc. Look at the Rodents page to see the different traps and glue products(making sure you are legally able to use glue traps in your state) If you need any help in deciding which product to use, send me an email at [email protected] or call on 0421630945
What is the best trap for possums/cats/rabbits and similar sized animals?
We have numerous cage traps for cats, possums, rabbits etc as well as soft catch foothold traps for larger rural areas. Feral cats can get larger then domestic cats but we still catch them, as do many other trappers, in the Cage Trap Folding - Medium trap, as do many research, landcare groups Australia wide. If doing trapping professionally I would recommend a non collapsible trap, which we can make to your specifications. Rabbits can be caught is traps such as the Victor number 1 soft catch trap. Be sure to check your state laws before using foothold traps.
What is the best cage for Scrub Turkeys?
The Scur turkey Trap TRTU01-Y is the best trap for scrub turkeys, as it is made specially for brush turkeys., not for any other animal. It has provision for a mirror to be placed at the back of the trap. If the male has built a mound (nest) place trap, with mirror in place, on mound so the male brush turkey can see himself when investigating what is on his nest. He will see himself and thinking it is another male trying to take over his nest, he will charge in setting the trap off. If it is a young male, he may get scared when he sees his reflection in the mirror and run away, but he will be back. It may be a couple of hours or a day or two, but he will be back. Then he will have enough nerve to challenge his reflection (the other male)
Females can be caught in the trap by using bird seed, watermelon etc as lure.
What is the best Trap and lures for foxes?
For suburban yards I use and recommend our Australian made Fox Cage Trap which measures 1100 long by 500 wide and 600 high. We have made these traps for over 10 years and have never had a report of a fox getting out of the trap once caught!!
The best bait to use is KFC! It is best to pre feed to get the fox used to the cage, and slowly move the food further into the cage each day till the fox is feeding down the rear of the cage, then you can set the cage trap.
But in saying that, the main picture of the fox in the cage was taken on a 2000 acre property were the owner placed a dead rabbit in the back of the cage on the first night and had the fox caught by morning!! The other picture is by Michael Dickenson, a trapper on the Gold Coast, of a fox caught in a back yard.
There are foothold traps available for foxes such as the Victor 1 1/2 soft catch. But check your state and local laws on where they can be used.
Best lures for foxes is fox urine, dog urine, prawn shells,( eat the prawns yourself!) and manufactured lures such as Pest Lures, Ted Mitchells lures,
What is the best trap for wild dogs?
Once again it depends on where they are living, for example if it is a family pet which is hiding out in the local park, we can have in the past hired out the dog cage trap which is 1500 long by 800 high and 600 wide with a drop down front door. This trap is made by us and has never had a dog escape once caught! Used by various councils, landcare, and conservation groups throughout Australia.
For wild dogs in rural areas, there are quite a few foothold traps in soft jaw and laminated jawed. One of the best made traps is the Jake trap. It is a solidly made trap used by a lot of professionals.
K9 X-Treme Laminated Trap. Rubber jawed will also be available
There is another good solid trap hitting the shores very soon, the K9 extreme, which will be a good value trap.
Once again check your state laws before using foothold traps.
What is the best lure for wild dogs?
There are numerous lures on the market which work very well, such as K9 a Plenty. LDC, Ted Mitchells and Pest Lures an Australian company who only uses Australian ingredients. All of their products are developed and tested by Aussie trappers for Aussie conditions. All Pest Lures, lures are proudly Australian made and can be posted anywhere throughout Australia. No imported animal products are used in the manufacturing of Pest Lure products.
I personally find the best to be dog urine, but you can not just use one lure as that is a sure way to train the dogs you are targeting about traps as is not bedding traps solidly, that is no movement of the trap once bedded.
Get into the habit of USING GLOVES WHEN HANDLING ANY WILD ANIMAL OR LURE/URINE (Gloves do help with stopping foreign smells getting onto your traps as well, but use different gloves than the ones used for handling lures/urine!) . Australia does have hydatid, neosproum caninum, disease and others so we do not need any more!. Please do not import any lures, animal parts, urines etc into Australia unless you get it treated ( contact customs for more information), we do not need viruses such as foot and mouth, rabies etc brought into this country!
How and where to set wild dog traps?
After all that, what is the best trap for your situation and these answers did not help, or you need pest control in the Brisbane area, a wild dog trapper any where in Australia, help with what to do with feral animals on your land, or land you manage. Call me on 0421630945, email on [email protected] and I will help the best I can and if I can not help, I will try my hardest to find the answer, I have extensive contacts with trappers, pest control technicians and consultants Australia wide.
Relevant state and territory animal welfare and related legislation relevant to the use of traps
New South Wales
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited. Trapping with padded-jaw traps, cage traps and treadle snares is permitted.
Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 Steel-jaw traps are not prohibited traps. Australian Capital Territory Animal Welfare Act 1992 Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited. Trapping with padded-jaw traps, cage traps and treadle snares is permitted.
Northern Territory Animal Welfare Act 2000 Use of steel-jaw traps is prohibited. Trapping with padded-jaw traps is permitted.
Tasmania Animal Welfare Act 1993 Leg-hold traps and snares are prohibited.
South Australia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1985 Small steel-jaw traps are prohibited. Large steel-jaw traps are prohibited in most areas except for wild dog control along the dingo fence and for research purposes. The large steel-jaw traps are required to be bound with cloth soaked strychnine or modified.
Victoria Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 Mandatory features of traps, conditions of use, inspection periods and where traps may be set are specified for all trap types. All steel-jaw traps are prohibited. Padded traps are permitted for wild dogs, foxes and rabbits. Confinement traps, net traps and rodent kill traps are permitted. Lethal snares are illegal. Non-kill snares and kill traps require Ministerial approval.
Animal Welfare Act 2002
Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (Traps) Regulations 1982
Steel-jaw traps are permitted for wild dog control. The jaws must be bound with a cloth soaked in strychnine.
Only padded steel-jawed traps are permitted for fox control and use in research programs. Permits are required
to set traps in metropolitan areas. Neck snares are illegal.