Rat Traps are the order of the day

Well to start us off on our tour of the shop and it’s many many items.  I downloaded the stock listing when I started and discovered we have about 1500 different items in the computers.  Given about 500 of those are parts, that still leaves 1000 different things to talk about 🙂

This week, as indeed the last few weeks, we have had a lot of Rat Trap questions.  It has been a long rodent season this year.  Mouse and rat traps been very popular sellers.  I’m not sure if it’s been the weather conditions or what, but many areas of Western Australia seem to have plague numbers of rodents.  We often get asked if there is a trap for both mice and rats and the short answer is No.  Anything a rat can get into a mouse can get out of and to keep a mouse caught means having a trap that is too small for a rat to get into!

Rat photo


There are many ways to catch a rat and we have at least 5 styles of traps for doing so, this post will just deal with the tunnel rat trap.  The first question I will usually ask, is do you want to catch it alive or not.  We have many people who wish to check the trap before disposing of the vermin, to ensure there are no native marsupials in the trap. Live catch traps also allow you to release the rats to another location if you desire.

A trick for people who don’t want to deal with live rats is to use a live catch trap as a ‘baiting cage’ to put poison in.  This way the rat dies in the trap, not in the wall or back corner of the ceiling.  The poison is also out of the way and can’t be got at by larger animals.

The Tunnel rat trap is one of the most popular rat traps we sell.  They can hold up to 10 rats, depending on their size and like all live catch traps, have the advantage that once a rat has been caught, the noise it makes tends to attract further rats to the trap.   The rat simply walks though the hole onto the trap door – which is counter weighted – and finds its self caught in the back ‘holding’ area of the trap – where you put the bait (see suggestions below).  The trap door bounces back up once the rat has fallen into the back of the trap and there is no way out!

 Rat Trap: Tunnel


Baiting suggestions:

The first bait suggestion for catching mice or rats is good old peanut butter – it’s the oil in it that gets them in.  However if you have more gourmet rats, some bacon rind or chicken skin also has that delicious oily aroma.  But we have customers who swear by chocolate or nuts as great bait.  It’s a matter of finding what your vermin will go into a trap for.

As a final tip, no matter what style of trap you chose to use, always after use wash the trap in warm soapy water.  All rodents when caught release pheromones that scent the trap and if it isn’t washed between uses you will probably find the rats avoid the trap.


Lets Start at the very beginning

Well it has finally happened… I’ve been asking about setting up a blog section for the website for sometime. After all not everyone uses Facebook 🙂 though you can find us there – https://www.facebook.com/pages/WA-Poultry-Equipment/177138582305953 For those of you who haven’t been to the shop at meet us, I’m Helen – the one who talks alot and is more than slightly animal mad. My husband Jeff and I took over the business nearly 3 years ago now and while Jeff grew up with the poultry industry (and the shop since his father started the business) – I had a steep learning curve. I’m a farmers daughter, but we had sheep & cows and my Mothers chooks tended to free range and mostly take care of themselves. Hopefully I will be able to share some of the many interesting things I have learnt about the shop, poultry, poultry equipment, traps and probably life in general in the last few years.

WA Poultry Equipment as a business grew from Jeff’s family’s involvement in breeding quail and pheasant. As with many hobbies and especially birds (as those of you who breed them know) it is one of those things that has a habit of growing and consuming more time and resources. The Martins moved here to Baldivis in 1979 and eventually the equipment side of the business took over from the livestock. Today the poultry is limited to Chris & Rosemary’s dozen or so Isa brown hens, which lay eggs that the grandchildren love to collect, and our small mixed pet chook flock here at the shop – who will probably ended up featuring quite often in my writings. Bruce, the big ‘Plymouth Rock X’ rooster, who was named by the kids at school (and currently crowing loudly in the background) and two smaller ‘Plymouth Rock X’ hens I call Speckles and Dark Specks. I’ll add their story soon. They share the large chook pen space with two old Australorp hens. The rest of our pet family consists of my beloved 15yr old white cat ‘Princess Sophia’, 5 zebra fish and our ‘pound’ dog, Molly the toy fox terrier cross who is often at the shop with us.

So welcome to our shop. I currently plan on adding posts a few times a week- as time permits. Hopefully this blog will end up as a kind of virtual walk through of the shop and the items it contains, along with stories of what is happening in my world. I’m sure I will make mistakes (I’ve never blogged before.. ) and writing a blog is quite different to reading them.
Thanks for reading,… till next time, Helen & Molly (who is keeping my chair warm behind me)

Helen & Molly at work
Helen and Molly