Haved recently suffered the lose of my much beloved rooster and hens that lived here at the shop – mostly likely to a fox. There is a certain irony that I’ve recently written an editorial about Fox traps and ways to get rid of foxes. So I thought it was worth sharing it here, given that recently fox traps have been just about more popular than rat traps.
“Ways to get rid of foxes
Due to the large number of rabbits that have been around in recent years, the fox population is higher than usual this year. Government agencies recently released the Korean strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5. This seems to have caused a severe reduction in rabbit numbers in many places. So now we’ve a larger number of foxes, and without the rabbits, they are looking for alternative food sources.
We offer a number of fox trapping options and deterrents. Cage traps of various sizes with either paddle and hook style mechanisms. These start with our standard ‘metro’ fox trap and increase in size to the 1.2 meter long dog trap.
Another trap option is the rubber jaw leg hold traps – some of the local Landcare centres are running courses in their use. A different way is to deter the fox with a device such as the Foxlight, which is designed to keep foxes and other night predators away from stock by emitting random bursts of bright light with a spot light type result.
These items, along with many others can be found at our Baldivis shop or the web site, where you will find traps for many sorts of pests, rodents and vermin. As well as a huge variety of poultry equipment.
Phone 08 – 9524 1251 in WA or 1300 881 170 within Australia. or call in to the store at 1170, Baldivis Road, Baldivis, WA.
Heading into the ANZAC day long weekend and the surprising best seller for the last week or so has been the big cage dog traps we sell. The biggest of the traps here in the shop are the 120 and 180cm Dog traps and I got a lesson in just how big they are when we made up a bunch of them for a local order. Mostly they get sent out flat packed – heaps cheaper for freight – so you never truly get to see just how huge they really are. As this photo below shows – 2 of the 120cm traps packed up ready to box doesn’t really look that big 🙂
But get a few of them made up and you end up with a proper idea of their real size. The stack of traps on the right are the same 120cm dog traps, but made up.
Jeff in the process of making up the 180cm dog trap…
In order to test this huge 180cm long trap, the easiest way was to get Mr nearly 7 to get inside the trap and set it off. It worked perfectly but he wasn’t particularly happy about being ‘caged’.(Yes we let him out!)
It was terrier day (Molly and Thomas love visiting) at the shop and the stack of traps was still here. As the photos show, our dogs are dwarfed by these traps… but 5 or 6 kg terrier isn’t really the intended target! I’m told by the station guys up north that the dogs caught in these traps are getting so large that they aren’t only attacking baby calves but they are also taking on small steers.
To find these traps on the website: https://wapoultryequipment.net.au/product-category/traps-and-trapping-equipment/large-animal-traps/
One of the more memorable days I’ve had working here was made by a lovely 11 or 12 yr old girl who came in looking for a friendly mouse trap. She had googled live catch mouse traps and after finding us, gotten her mother to drive her nearly 100km to come and get her one so that they could take the mouse out of her room but not kill it. I believe the plan was to catch the mouse and release it in the park nearby. While this particular memory is unique the sentiments expressed by the girl are not. We have many customers who for many different reasons prefer a live catch trap for rodents. Some live in rural areas and wish to check for native rodents (and remove them) before disposing of the vermin, others don’t wish to kill any thing they have caught. For those of you wondering how to tell the natives from the vermin here is a very interesting article on how to tell which rodent is which – from The Australian Museum… http://australianmuseum.net.au/Which-is-a-Black-Rat/
So if you are after a live catch trap (for any reason!) what choices do you have??
Well if you definitely do not want to injury the critter in anyway your best bets are craypot trap – made in both rat and mouse sizes or the mouse tip trap. Since these traps don’t have any moving parts there is much less risk in any injury occurring.
Craypot Mouse trap:
Other choices include the ‘see-saw’ multi-catch mouse traps with either one or two entrances. See my post on these traps:
Mouse traps – the ‘see-saw’ style live catch trap…
Had a question this morning about the inside workings of our ‘Elliot Style’ folding trap for small marsupials and since I took some photos of the trap thought I’d share them. Most of these traps are sold to environmentalists or universities doing fauna surveys. We do have people asking about them as a rat trap, but we don’t recommend them as a rat trap, as the rats can chew the mechanism if left in the trap too long.
Being interested in the uses and history I did some quick ‘googling’ and found that the ‘Elliot Style’ trap is based on a Sherman trap invented in the 1920’s – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_trap. Most documents about the trap are related to scientific trapping practices.
To find these traps on our website see: http://www.wapoultryequipment.net.au/products/alumium_folding_trap
Even with the event of wet weather, it appears that WA still has a big mouse problem – rodent traps are very popular. One of the advantages of a multi catch, live catch trap is that the caught rodent makes a noises and their ‘friends’ come to join the party. I watched this work at my parents farm over Easter – at breakfast time we had one mouse squeaking in the trap, by morning tea there were 3 of them, I left at 11:30am when 4 were eating the peanut butter and when Dad emptied it mid -afternoon the trap held 7 mice.
The ‘see-saw’ style mouse traps, are sturdy and it is easy to see what you have caught (esp if you are looking for marsupial rodents before disposing of the vermin.) They can also be used as a ‘bait station’ – by putting the poison inside the trap, you don’t have the problem of the rodent running off to die in the most awkward corner of the roof, or in the wall. Nor do you run the risk of secondary poisoning as the deceased mouse is contained where other animals can not get to it.
We sell two sorts of these – one with a single entrance and a double ended ‘repeater’ version. Both are for sale on the website:
25th July 2018: All the mouse and rat traps can be found here: https://wapoultryequipment.net.au/product-category/traps-and-trapping-equipment/mouse-and-rat-traps/