Oh rats! There are so many reasons to control the little beasties, from the benefits of protecting our native birds, lizards, insects, and trees, to preventing vehicle and property damage (including ovens, electrical wiring, and pipes).
Rats are both predators, and competitors for food, so it’s a double win when populations are reduced or eradicated. And with all the incredible conservation work going on around the region in our mainland ‘islands’ and reserves, it’s important to not allow your property to become a supply point for new rats. So here’re a few tips to make the job easier and, well let’s face it, a little less icky!
Traps vs poison? Snap trap & box sets are a one-off purchase (cheap-as-chips for $11), they kill humanely, and can be used for many years. In remote areas, poisoning rodents may be the only option, but in urban areas this is mostly unnecessary. The active ingredient used in all rodent poison products is an anticoagulant called Brodifacoum which remains active in the food chain for 2-3 kills, so there is the risk that scavenging animals, including pets, may fall victim. For all of these reasons, snap traps in boxes are a great option for most households.
Warmer months mean ice cream, deck time and sunshine. Would you like some more money to play with too? Follow these tips to reduce your energy bills this summer.
Did you know that there has been a 24 per cent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions since 1990, and that road transport makes up a big part of that increase? It's time we talked about how you're getting from A to B.
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