A24 SUCCESS GUIDE
The combination of Goodnature A24 self-resetting trap technology, long-life lures, and you, the trapper, are the key to protection against introduced pests. This success guide gives you the tools to get great results.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
While our traps are truly awesome, you – the trapper – are still the most important part of the system. It’s important that you understand the following steps because they are all key to your trapping success.
If you’re not a read-the-manual type, then go to www.goodnature.co.nz and see our great range of videos.
Targeted long life lure attracts rats into the trap.
Rats move the trigger to get to the lure, firing the trap.
The trap clears and resets immediately after an A-Class humane kill.
The long life lure continues to attract rats for constant control.
Different species scavenge the dead carcasses from below the trap.
HOW YOUR TRAP WORKS
CONSTANT CONTROL SYSTEM
CONGRATULATIONS! You are now the owner of the world’s most advanced pest control technology. Goodnature’s self-resetting trapping system is designed so that your trap waits for the pest to activate it, instead of waiting for you to clear and lure it after each strike. We call this a CONSTANT CONTROL SYSTEM — one that knocks down the existing rat population and is always available to manage the inevitable reinvasion. Using compressed CO2 gas for power, Goodnature technology combines superb design engineering principles and behavioural science with the highest manufacturing standards to deliver a trap that will kill up to 24 times per canister — the A24 Rat Trap. Our lures are scientifically developed to be long life, ensuring optimal field performance for minimal
maintenance effort. Because they are toxin-free there is no risk of secondary poisoning to nontarget species such as wildlife, pets, livestock and working animals. This toxin-free feature in conjunction with the strike mechanism gives the Goodnature A24 its certified A-Class humane status. This guidebook is developed so you get the best information to analyse your site and then get the best results. We hope you enjoy it and furthermore we appreciate any feedback you’d like to give us via our website — www.goodnature.co.nz Happy trapping!
SHARE THE VISION
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Plug into the growing network of Goodnature users who share the vision that New Zealand will one day be pest-free.
BUILD YOUR NETWORK
In the quest to make New Zealand pest-free, what’s better than one Goodnature trap? Two Goodnature traps. What’s better than your two Goodnature traps? Yours plus your neighbour’s Goodnature traps. If you think about it, there’s a lot that can be achieved by banding together and creating a network to give native species a foothold. Speak with us and your neighbours to see what can be done to make New Zealand pest-free.
ASSESS – DON’T GUESS
ASSESS TRAPPING LOCATIONS
Goodnature’s RODENT DETECTORS pinpoint the best place to put your A24 traps. Place them around a site, and where rodents have gnawed on them, they’ve shown you a place where they will interact with the lure and can therefore be trapped. See the installation instructions on the opposite page.
WHY GOODNATURE DETECTORS WORK
Although you may see signs of rodents such as droppings, diggings and worn runs through foliage, or even sight them scuttling regularly in places; these are not necessarily locations where a rodent can be trapped. Rodents will only investigate food – and therefore a trap – in places where they feel safe. Goodnature’s RODENT DETECTORS contain toxin-free LONG LIFE LURE, which also helps to pre-feed your sites.
USE DETECTOR CARDS IN THE FUTURE TO
- Monitor and assess the effectiveness of your current
trapping programme; or
- Find a new location to shift an existing trap to
SET THE DETECTOR CARD
Fold a DETECTOR CARD in half with the orange triangular DETECTION SURFACE facing out. You should see the Goodnature Rodent Lure squeeze out below the orange triangular DETECTION SURFACE. The DETECTOR CARD is now primed and ready to set. Position the DETECTOR CARD so the bottom edge is fist height (roughly 8 cm) off the ground. The orange triangle DETECTION SURFACE should be facing out. Drive the supplied SCREW through both holes in the card and into the tree, post or wall behind it. The SCREW should be in firmly but take care not to force the card flat against the tree. If necessary pull the bottom edge of the DETECTOR CARD a few millimetres away from the tree or post. This allows rodents to get their mouths around the card and leave bite marks on the DETECTION SURFACE.
DETECT FOR 3 NIGHTS
Leave your DETECTOR CARDS in place for three nights before analysing. If you have rodents that are interacting with the DETECTOR CARD you will see teeth marks on the DETECTION SURFACE. See the back cover (“LET THE PESTS SHOW YOU WHERE”) to analyse who’s been interacting with your DETECTOR CARDS. Set your Goodnature multi-kill traps at the exact same sites where rodent interaction has been positively detected.
1. SEPARATE THE TREE MOUNT FROM THE TRAP BODY
Separate the orange TREE MOUNT from the TRAP BODY by using the forefinger and thumb to press the BLACK TABS inwards and easing the MOUNT along and off the BODY. Remove the two TREE MOUNT SCREWS from the TRAP BODY and the CO2 CANISTER from the TREE MOUNT.
2. ATTACH THE TRAP BODY TO THE TREE MOUNT
You will need a Robertson #2 Square Drive screwdriver. With the TREE MOUNT base 12cm above the ground, screw the mount to the trunk so the screws are vertically aligned. Do not overtighten.
- Choose a straight tree with clear footing
- If Weka are present, set trap 100cm from the ground or purchase our WEKA EXCLUDER
3. ATTACH THE TRAP BODY TO THE TREE MOUNT
Tilt the TRAP BODY backwards slightly and lower it onto the TOP LOCKING TAB of the TREE MOUNT. As you press downwards the TRAP BODY will be guided in toward the MOUNT and lock in with a click. The TRAP BODY and TREE MOUNT should then be firmly in place and not wobble on the tree.
4. POWER/PRESSURISE THE TRAP
Take the CO2 CANISTER, remove the black cap and be careful to keep the screw thread clean and free of debris. Screw the canister in quickly until firm. As it screws in you may hear the trap quietly pressurise after the seal is broken. Finger tighten only (do not use tools to tighten).
5. ATTACH THE DIGITAL STRIKE COUNTER
IF you purchased a Counter with your A24
Wet the inside of the Counter’s RUBBER STRAP for lubrication. Face the Counter toward the tree and rotate it anticlockwise 180° as you ease it up the canister. The canister’s curved bottom should be nested in the groove of the Counter’s rear.
6. ZERO THE COUNTER
7. TEST-FIRE YOUR TRAP
To test fire your trap reach a pen (or twig) down through the LURE BOTTLE CRADLE and push the LEAF TRIGGER (i.e. the steel wand) sideways. The STRIKER will discharge with a bang and then slowly retract.
8. PREPARE THE LURE
With the bottle cap still on, take the LURE BOTTLE and tap it against your palm to bring the LONG LIFE LURE to the bottle’s mouth. For the trap to be effective it must have lure at the mouth of the LURE BOTTLE.
9. PRE-FEED THE TREE
Squeeze out a small amount of LONG LIFE LURE and wipe it beneath the trap as pre-feed. This greatly enhances trapping success through attraction.
10. LURE THE TRAP AND REPLACE THE SHROUD CAP
After you have pre-fed the tree ensure that lure is at the bottle mouth. Invert the LURE BOTTLE and screw it into the LURE BOTTLE CRADLE. Screw the SHROUD CAP back on to protect the LURE BOTTLE.
11. CHECKING THE COUNTER
To check the tally on the Counter, quickly press and release the button. The display will show the number killed. NOTE: Pressing and holding the button down zeroes the Counter.
Click Here for WARNINGS & WARRANTY.
12. EVERY MONTH — REFRESH THE LURE
Remove the SHROUD CAP and take the LURE BOTTLE out, tap it against the tree trunk so the tired lure is dabbed out as a pre-feed to attract rats. Fresh lure is now at the bottle mouth for maximum attraction. Make sure the lure is flush with the bottle mouth before reinserting into the LURE BOTTLE CRADLE.
MAINTAINING YOUR TRAPS
EVERY MONTH – REFRESH THE LURE
SQUEEZE THROUGH FRESH LURE ONCE A MONTH
While our lures are long life, they will eventually crust over or diminish in their scent when exposed to air. To refresh the lure on your traps see step 12 in the “SETTING YOUR TRAPS” section and it will then smell fresh and tasty again.
REMEMBER: LURE IS THE KEY!
Any quality, humane pest control device is only as effective as the quality of the lure used to attract the pest. It is the lure that motivates the target
EVERY SIX MONTHS – KEEP YOUR TRAPS CHARGED
REPLACE THE GAS AND LURE BOTTLE EVERY 6 MONTHS
You must change the gas canister every 6 months regardless of how many kills you’ve sighted or if your counter displays 24 strikes within 6 months. To do this properly, follow steps 1-3 on “SHIFTING YOUR TRAP” followed by steps 4-10 in ‘SETTING YOUR TRAPS’.
DE-COUPLE THE COUNTER AND THE CO2 CANISTER
‘DE-COUPLE’ (click here)
REMOVE OLD CANISTER
‘DE-GAS’ (click here)
DE-PRESSURISE THE TRAP UNIT
‘DE-PRESSURISE’ (click here)
NEW GAS CANISTER
‘POWER/PRESSURISE THE TRAP’ (click here)
TEST FIRE ‘TEST-FIRE YOUR TRAP’ (click here)
NEW LURE BOTTLE ‘PREPARE THE LURE’ (click here)
KEEP AN INSTALLATION RECORD
Use this table, put a note in your calender, set an alarm on your phone…just don’t forget!
Rather than shift your traps, it is better to add to the trapping network and increase your pest free area. If however, you need to move your trap or have found a better location for it, then it is very important that you follow the instructions below.
HOW TO DO IT SAFELY
To shift the trap, first DE-COUPLE the Counter and then unscrew the current CO2 CANISTER from the trap (i.e. DE-GAS). You may experience the noise of any remaining gas in the canister escaping, which may cause the canister to chill.
Ensure the trap is DE-PRESSURISED before any new CO2 CANISTER is installed. See steps below.
Although the CO2 CANISTER has been removed the trap may still be live (pressurised) with one charge remaining in its chamber. To DE-PRESSURISE the trap, firstly remove the SHROUD CAP, unscrew
the LURE BOTTLE, and fire the remaining charge in the trap by reaching a stick down through the LURE BOTTLE CRADLE and pushing the LEAF TRIGGER (i.e. the steel wand) sideways. The striker
will discharge with a bang. Always treat the trap as live until you have de-gassed and de-pressurised it. Always keep fingers clear of the SHROUD ENTRANCE.
If the trap doesn’t fire then it has run out of gas at some earlier point. With the trap de-pressurised place your palm beneath the trap’s entrance. Using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze
the BLACK TABS of the TRAP BODY inward beneath the orange TREE MOUNT. With upward pressure ease the TRAP BODY up and off the orange TREE MOUNT.
Use Goodnature’s RODENT DETECTOR CARDS to determine the best place to move your trap to. See the section named “ASSESS – DON’T GUESS” (here).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – GENERAL
I ALREADY KNOW I HAVE RATS. WHY SHOULD I USE THE DETECTOR CARDS?
Where you see rats is not always the best place to trap them. RODENT DETECTOR CARDS will show you the best place to put your
A24 traps, i.e. places where rats feel safe to eat. Watch our great video online about how to use these cards to maximise the effectiveness of your trap.
WHY AM I NOT SEEING ANYTHING DEAD UNDERNEATH MY A24 TRAPS?
The killed pests are often scavenged and this is often the most likely reason. Other factors might be not closely following the site selection and/or setup and
maintenance instructions advised in this booklet; or you are trapping in a complex site (as covered below). If you haven’t already, you can purchase a Goodnature Digital Strike Counter to get a clearer picture of trap activity.
I HAVE A TRICKY FOOD RICH SITE AND I’M STILL SEEING RATS.
Food-rich areas are complex rat trapping sites and may require extra effort to achieve success.
Locations where you see rats or signs of rats are not necessarily spots where they will trigger the trap. Use RODENT DETECTORS to determine the best place to set a trap. You may have to disrupt the rats’ routine by moving the food-rich source, forcing them to look elsewhere for food.
ARE MY A24 TRAPS A DANGER TO PET CATS?
Goodnature’s long life rodent lure is not attractive
to cats. The shroud entrance is also too narrow for a cat to fit its head into, and the trap is installed 12cm off the ground to further prevent a cat interrogating the trap. It is extremely unlikely that a cat will trigger an A24 rat trap. Neighbourhood cats, however, are likely to remove dead rats and mice from below the trap!.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH CO2 IS LEFT IN THE CANISTER?
You can’t tell how much remains. You must change the gas canister every 6 months regardless of how many kills you’ve sighted or counted on your Counter. Think of it like the battery in your smoke alarm — you just want it to be charged when you need it most, hence why you change it regularly.
IS THE A24 A DANGER TO NATIVE BIRDS?
To prevent any birds entering the trap, install at the recommended 12cm off the ground. This makes it difficult for a bird to enter. The only exception is where weka are present. In this case, install the trap 100cm off the ground or purchase a Goodnature Weka Excluder.
CAN I SHIFT THE TRAPS WHEN THEY ARE LIVE?
You must de-gas and then de-pressurise the trap before shifting. See the opposite page for instructions.
WHY DO I HAVE TO REFRESH THE LURE EVERY MONTH?
The portion of lure exposed to air will decrease in potency and rats will not be as attracted to the trap site. For best results squeeze out and wipe the crusted lure beneath the trap, it still provides a tasty pre-feed to attract rodents, and your lure will remain fresh.
HOW DO I USE MY A24 TRAPS TO TARGET STOATS?
Simply replace your Goodnature rat lure with Goodnature stoat lure. If stoats have been scavenging rats from your A24 trap then now is a good time to
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – STRIKE COUNTER
Trapping rats can be tricky at certain sites and situations. Go to our website to learn more about getting success.
MY COUNTER SHOWS A NUMBER, BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING DEAD.
We get this question a lot. Scavenging is really common — even if you don’t expect it. Rats, stoats, cats, birds, pigs and dogs scavenge dead critters from below Goodnature traps. We had a customer like this who filmed and counted 20 kills before he saw his first dead animal.
HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?
The battery should last for up to 5 years. The device spends most of its time sleeping as it only uses power when the trap strikes or when you check the tally.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE BATTERY DIES?
When your Counter’s battery dies, send it into Goodnature to be refurbished. NOTE: opening the Counter casing voids the Goodnature warranty.
WHY IS MY COUNTER SHOWING KILLS ON IT WHEN I’VE GOT IT OUT OF THE BOX?
The Counter is set off by jolts and jolts are something that happen while your Goodnature Counter is making its way from us to you. See section ‘ZERO THE COUNTER’ on Page 8 to learn how zero your Counter.
CAN RATS OR POSSUMS SET THE COUNTER OFF ANY OTHER WAY?
This is unlikely, as the Counter is calibrated to tick over when there’s a strong jolt such as the trap firing.
HOW MANY PESTS CAN I EXPECT TO KILL?
Every location will be different. Rat movements and populations vary throughout the year. Provided the trap is properly maintained (here) and located, it will always be ready and waiting as a constant control. Use Goodnature RODENT DETECTORS to locate other places to shift the trap to or grow your trap network to control a greater area.
MY COUNTER STILL SHOWS “00”, WHY IS THAT?
There could be a number of reasons for this. You could be accidentally zeroing the Counter when you check the tally (because you’re holding the button down too long). See ‘CHECKING THE COUNTER’ (here).
Other reasons could be that you haven’t used RODENT DETECTOR CARDS to find the best place to put the trap (see ‘ASSESS – DON’T GUESS’ here) or if you have done, perhaps you haven’t observed our maintenance instructions for keeping the lure refreshed and/or replacing the gas every 6 months. (here).
HOW DO I PUT THE COUNTER ONTO THE TRAP?
See Step 5 of ‘SETTING YOUR TRAPS’ (here)
WARNINGS & WARRANTY
- Please be responsible with your automatic traps and use only as recommended in this success guide.
- Always treat your traps as LIVE and only install the CO2 CANISTER when the trap is set correctly and ready to activate. Never assume the trap is empty or not live.
- Once the CO2 CANISTER is removed from it, the trap may still contain enough pressurised gas to fire if triggered. Release this remaining shot by test firing the trap once before removing it from the TREE MOUNT.
- Only test fire the trap while the trap is set correctly. To test fire the trap see the section named ‘TEST-FIRE YOUR TRAP’ (here). Always wear appropriate safety gear when setting and test firing a trap.
- Set traps at the height recommended in this success guide and be considerate of others when choosing the trap location.
- Never put hands or objects in the entrance of the trap (SHROUD ENTRANCE). This can fire the trap and can damage the working components or cause injury.
- Never deliberately fire and re-fire the trap in quick succession as this can damage the internal seals.
- Use only Goodnature CO2 CANISTERS in Goodnature traps. Goodnature 16 gram CO2 CANISTERS are manufactured to the highest standard and have silicone added to lubricate the regulator and seals to increase the life of the trap. Using non-Goodnature CO2 CANISTERS voids the product warranty.
- NEVER use a petroleum-based lubricant in your trap.
- Never engage in “horseplay” with the trap.
- Store CO2 CANISTERS below 49°C
- Never shift the trap when it is live.
The below warranty applies to purchases of the products in New Zealand. For purchases made outside of New Zealand please refer to our international warranty which can be found on our website under “Technical Documents” – www.goodnature.co.nz
We are dedicated to delivering a quality product to all our customers. All of our products are warranted for two years from date of purchase against manufacturing defects.
If we determine that the product has a manufacturing fault, we will repair or replace it free of charge to you. The decision to repair or replace is solely at the discretion of Goodnature.
The product must have been purchased from an authorised Goodnature dealer and must not have been
tampered with in any way.
Our manufacturing warranty does not cover claims resulting from misuse, abnormal use, installation
contrary to instructions, transportation damage (including airline or freight damage), dropped goods, negligence, product that has been dismantled (and/ or re-assembled), second hand product or modified product (including use of CO2 canisters not supplied by Goodnature). Our warranty also does not cover corrosion to fasteners as a result of atmospheric or environmental conditions.
Where the product is acquired for the purpose of the purchasers’ business the exclusions for business within the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 shall apply.
OUTSIDE OF WARRANTY TERMS?
If your product is outside the two year warranty period or if the fault is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, we will happily repair your product where possible for a reasonable charge. If your product is less than two years old and subject to a warranty claim please contact: email@example.com
LET THE PESTS SHOW YOU WHERE
PEST BITEMARKS WILL PINPOINT THE PERFECT TRAPPING SITES
Goodnature RODENT DETECTOR CARDS identify pests by their unique bite marks.
RATS and MICE are meticulous nibblers. They will often focus on one area, occasionally removing some plastic. A longer jaw length allows rats to mark further into the DETECTION SURFACE from the edge than mice.
HEAVY INTERACTION — The key difference between rat and mouse bite marks is that mice have small teeth and jaws that leave very fine marks with a neat finish. Conversely, rats leave a rougher finish and you may see confetti-like litter beneath the card on the ground. Rats can also completely destroy the card with their gnawing.
OTHER BITE MARKS YOU MIGHT SEE
HEDGEHOGS (which are also a predatory pest) have sharp canines and will leave pointed, clumsy bite marks on the DETECTION SURFACE. The A24 is effective for trapping hedgehogs.
POSSUMS have two large front incisors in their upper and lower jaws. With aggressive behaviour they scratch large areas of the DETECTION SURFACE and even bend the DETECTOR CARDS.
If you detect possums you need the Goodnature A12 multi-kill possum trap.
NO RODENT INTERACTION – Either rodents are not present at this site or it is located where they will not interact with the lure and device. Try waiting a few more days or moving to a different location.