If trapping can be fun, then possum trapping surely is it! There are lots of them, they are inquisitive, and you can build up good catch tally’s quickly if you live in a target rich environment. But, all is not milk and honey. Over time it will get harder to catch them partly because there are less of them, and partly because the ones left might be more trap shy.
There are currently 8 NAWAC approved possum traps on the market, and many more that are not approved, such as the industry workhorse, the Timms trap. All of the traps are “snap” traps, and all but one and single catch traps, the NZ Autotrap being the only automated multi-catch trap.
Most also are tree mounted, yet we know possums spend a great deal of time on the ground. None of these traps are perfect and none of them will catch ALL of your possums. But using a variety of traps and baits, maybe supplemented with shooting, dogs, or poison your chances of wiping out your local population is increased!
The Trapinator is a tree mounted trap that is highly effective targeting possums
It’s light, durable, portable, and easy to use.
NAWAC approved for possums
Lightweight, compact and durable
Very easy to set and clear
Stackable for easy carrying
Easy to clean
Like many traps of this nature, it requires the possum to pull down on the bite bar
Possibly less durable than a wooden trap long term
This is our “go to” possum trap! It’s easy to use, traps a good percentage of possums that interact with it, and it’s easy to clear and set.