Competing food sources

When it comes to domestic situations, some trapping sites are just more complex than others. These locations require you to do a bit more thinking and planning to ensure you get success with your traps.

Food competition is the biggest barrier to success. Things like compost bins, dog biscuit bags, food stores and poultry feeders all provide excellent food sources for rats.

Ask yourself the following:

1. Do I have a constantly available food source? 

2. Can I better secure or eliminate the food source? 

3. Can I shift that food source to another location? 

4. Can I temporarily stop the food source? In the case of compost bins, get a large bucket with a lid and store your new compost in it elsewhere for three weeks. The rats and mice will then search for new foods. 

5. Is the food source seasonal? In this case then it’s just a matter of time before the food source ceases and the rats/mice begin to look for something else. If you have Goodnature A24 Traps in place you’ll have peace of mind they’re ready for action when the food source runs out. 

Once you’ve addressed any competing food sources that can be managed, use a Goodnature Rat and Mouse Lure Pouch to pre-feed the site.

The best way to do this is by squeezing around ten ‘pea sized’ dollops of lure from our Rat Lure Pouch to the area around your A24 trap(s). Pre-feeding encourages rats and mice toward your trap and away from any competing food sources. Repeat this process for five days to build their preference for the lure. After the five days, stop using the rat lure pouch. Now the only way the rodents  can access the lure is by entering the trap!

Having a few Goodnature A24 Traps at home, on the farm or at work will enhance your success. And if you’ve got a large property, with a major rodent problem you may even want to consider a network. If this sounds like you, contact us at and we’ll help you figure out a plan.

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