Keeping pets safe around traps is important and something we consider at all times.

Rat and stoat traps are kept inside a wooden box or tunnel. These have a small entrance that allow predators to get in but keep pets out. They also have a wire mesh barrier to stop cats reaching bait with their paws.

Possum traps are installed at a height where they can’t be reached by pets. We use lures (like peanut butter or aniseed) that are less likely to attract pets and never use a meat or fish bait.

Trap aversion training for pets can also help. This involves bringing a dog or cat near the trap, putting the lure on its nose, and setting off the trap so it gets a fright and associates both the lure and trap with a negative experience.

For people who are still concerned about pet safety, we suggest setting the trap overnight and keeping pets indoors.