Success Guide

 

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.
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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.

YOUR TRAPPING SYSTEM — A24
THE AUTOMATIC LURE PUMP
TRAPPING NETWORK
FIND THE BEST TRAPPING LOCATIONS
IDENTIFYING BITE MARKS
SETTING YOUR TRAPS
COMPLEX TRAPPING SITES
MAINTAINING YOUR TRAPS’ SUCCESS
SHIFTING YOUR TRAPS
WARNINGS & WARRANTY

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A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse trap

SNIFF SNIFF

Targeted long life lure attracts rats into the trap.


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KAPOW!

Rats move the trigger to get to the lure, firing the trap.


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AUTO-RESET

The trap clears and resets immediately after an A-Class humane kill.


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SNIFF SNIFF…

Automatic Lure Pump continues to attract rats for constant control.


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SCAVENGED

Different species scavenge the dead carcasses from below the trap.



YOUR TRAPPING SYSTEM — A24

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GOODNATURE 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 behavioral 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 eff ort. In fact with our Automatic Lure Pump, you only need to maintain your A24 Rat Trap twice a year. The ALP ensures there’s always fresh lure for constant attraction. This Success Guide is developed so you get the best information to analyze 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 &mdash contact form.

Happy trapping!

 

THE AUTOMATIC LURE PUMP


ALP

FRESH LURE FOR 6 MONTHS


The ALP is a paradigm shift in pest control through automating lure delivery. The ALP means your Goodnature A24 rat control networks need only 2 visits per year to achieve the same constant suppression of rats. Simply set your A24s, screw in the CO2 canisters, install the ALPs and then walk away knowing your traps are now constantly attractive and ready to strike invasive pests. It’s up to you what you do with all that spare time. If your trapping is for conservation you can expand your

 

ALP

 
 
 
 
project or spend more time bird watching, controlling weeds, planting trees and educating the next generation. If your eff orts are in the domestic realm, you can sleep easy knowing rodents aren’t gnawing wiring, breeding in your midst or destroying your assets. Either way, sit back and relax knowing the latest technological leap in pest control is constantly working away.

ALP install
ALP 3 months
ALP 6 months

 

TRAPPING NETWORK

NETWORKS OF TRAPS


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Whether you’re doing rat control for conservation or to protect domestic sites, the best results are achieved when you have a network of devices in place. It’s the best way to prevent reinvasion because you’ve increased the chances of every rodent encountering a trap. The principles are similar wherever you’re trapping.

 

CONSERVATION NETWORKS


Effective conservation projects are about steady and organized management of a network. Here are some general guides for groups and persons wanting to set up a conservation network:

TRAP DENSITY

Rat networks should consist of trapping lines 100m apart with A24s spaced at 50m along those trapping lines. Population density of rats is determined by food availability. Rat home-ranges in forests tend to be about 50-100m in radius, depending on the forest type. 1 trap per acre is the best practice for rat control.

WORK WITH THE CONTOUR

While adhering as best you can to the prescribed network density, you should use the contour and any existing track infrastructure to make your layout easy. It will also help when it comes time to do your 6 monthly maintenance rounds.

MARKING AND PLOTTING

Use flagging tape to mark your trapping lines so it’s easy in the future for you and your team to find their way through the bush during the 6 monthly maintenance rounds. If you have a GPS device, then plot the location of each of your traps as well.

MONITORING SUCCESS

It can take a couple of breeding seasons to start seeing the fruits of your labor. A very easy way to see your impact is to observe what’s on the forest floor — the presence of seeds, seedlings and fungus are all great indicators. You can use Goodnature Counters to gather data, but be aware that Counters only show trap activity — they are not a measure of rat abundance. Department of Conservation science has repeatedly demonstrated that Goodnature trap networks are highly effective and efficient in recovering native species populations because they provide constant control.

 

DOMESTIC NETWORKS


Don’t have a one-trap mind! While you may not be protecting hundreds of hectares of native forest, having networks at home, on the farm or at work will enhance your success. Bear in mind that food distribution varies greatly in these settings and, because of this, rat home ranges will vary as well. Therefore, it’s essential you use Goodnature Rodent Detector Cards before establishing your domestic A24 network as they enable you to find the best places to install your traps. See the opposite page.

 

FIND THE BEST TRAPPING LOCATIONS

USE DETECTOR CARDS BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR TRAPS


Rodent Detector Card
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 next 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 eff ectiveness of your current
    trapping program; or
  • Find a new location to shift an existing trap to.

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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.


 

rodent detector card


DETECT FOR 3 NIGHTS


Leave your DETECTOR CARDS in place for three nights before analyzing.

If you have rodents that are interacting with the DETECTOR CARD you will see teeth marks on the DETECTION SURFACE.

See the opposite page (‘IDENTIFYING BITE MARKS’) to analyze 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.

You’ve now found the best sites to set your traps.


rodent detector card
 
rodent detector card

 

IDENTIFYING BITE MARKS

NETWORKS OF TRAPS

PEST BITE MARKS 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 diff erence 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.

rodent dectector cards

 

SETTING YOUR TRAPS

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.

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2. ATTACH THE TREE MOUNT


You will need a screwdriver. With the TREE MOUNT base 12cm above the ground, screw the mount to the trunk or post so the screws are vertically aligned. Do not overtighten.

Choose a straight tree with clear footing.

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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.

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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 pressurize after the seal is broken. Hand tighten only.

WARNING: Using non-Goodnature CO2 canisters voids your warranty.

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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. Rotate the Counter anticlockwise as you ease it up the canister. The canister’s curved base should nest in the Counter’s rear groove. The Counter display must face directly away from the tree.

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6. ZERO THE COUNTER


Zero the Counter by pressing the button and holding it down until the display shows ‘00’. The Counter goes to sleep a few seconds after the button is released.

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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.

Warning: Always keep your hands clear of the SHROUD ENTRANCE and treat the trap as live.

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8. ACTIVATE THE ALP


Remove the 10c coin from the top just before you put it into the Shroud Cap. This activates the Automatic Lure Pump (ALP) technology which will last for 6 months. Pocket your coin for a 10c discount on your next Goodnature purchase. Do not remove the Lure Cap from the ALP yet. Important! It is vital you remove the coin or the ALP will not activate.

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9. NEST INTO SHROUD CAP


With the ALP activated, use your thumbs and forefingers to shape the ALP into the SHROUD CAP’s form. It will be a tight fit.

NOTE: Be careful not to push it in too far. Align the ALP so that the skirting sits about 3mm proud of the SHROUD CAP rim so it can screw into the LURE CRADLE thread.

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10. REMOVE LID


Now remove the LURE CAP. A small amount of lure may be forced out. That’s fine &mdash& there’s still enough lure for 6 months. Use the excess lure as pre-feed by wiping it below the trap to immediately attract any hungry rodents.

A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse trap

11. SCREW ALP INTO LURE CRADLE


Lightly place the SHROUD CAP with the ALP into the LURE CRADLE and screw it two full clockwise rotations. This ensures the ALP is screwed into the lure cradle firmly.

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12. SECURE SHROUD CAP


Once the ALP is screwed into the LURE CRADLE, apply light downward force on the SHROUD CAP until it engages with the thread and screw until tight. The ALP is now set and active!

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13. RECORD INSTALLATION DATE


Your ALP will need replacing in 6 months time. Make a note of the installation date so you remember when to replace it (along with the gas canister). There’s no need to handle the ALP until it needs replacing.


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14. 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.

See WARNINGS & WARRANTY.

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15. EVERY SIX MONTHS — REPLACE THE ALP & GAS


Remember, Goodnature traps are about constant control. Make sure you stick to the 6 monthly maintenance regime of replacing your gas and lure (ALP). 6 months will pass soon enough, so make sure you have gas and lure on-hand for ongoing success.

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COMPLEX TRAPPING SITES

UNDERSTAND WHY


When it comes to domestic situations, some trapping sites are more complex than others and require you to do some further analysis to ensure you get success with your traps. This section covers off understanding rats, how to analyze your site and steps toward success.

 

RODENT BEHAVIOR


SENSE OF SMELL

Rats have an excellent sense of smell. They can analyze the nutritional content of food determining fat, protein and carbohydrate composition.

LEARNING ABOUT NEW FOOD SOURCES

Rats can take time to “cotton-on” to a new food source. When they encounter a new food source they taste a small amount and then go away to see if it makes them feel sick. They repeat this process until they’ve decided the new food source can be trusted.

FOOD PREFERENCE

It follows that once rats have a trusted food source, it takes some eff ort to get them to try something new. It’s a bit like when you want fish ‘n’ chips on a Friday night… you’re going to go past the burger bar and the pizza restaurant.

SOCIAL NATURE

Another thing about rats is that they’re social. When they meet, they touch noses and in doing so they use that excellent smell sense to see what their companion has been eating lately.

All of these traits make rats very successful at establishing themselves.

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STEPS TO TAKE


Ask yourself the following and take aff irmative action

  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 and store your new compost in it elsewhere for 3 weeks. They 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 begin to look for something else. Because, you have Goodnature A24s in place they’re constantly available to act.

 

RODENT DETECTORS


Remember, a rat lives in a dangerous world and will only investigate a new food source when they feel safe to do so. It’s an absolute must to use your Goodnature Rodent Detector Cards to detect the best place to put your trap — not (as some people think) to detect whether or not you have rats! Refer to page 7 for more information.

 

BROAD PRE-FEEDING OF YOUR SITE


Use Goodnature’s 250g Chocolate Formula for rats to pre-feed the site. Put up to a dozen pea-sized dabs of lure at ground level within a 20m radius of your trapping site. This helps to sign post the new food source. The knowledge of the new food source causes the rats to search for it…and that’s when they’ll find it in your Goodnature A24s.

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MAINTAINING YOUR TRAPS’ SUCCESS

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 counted. If your counter displays 24 strikes within 6 months you will have to change the canister earlier. To do this properly, follow steps 1-3 on ‘SHIFTING YOUR TRAP’

DE-COUPLE THE COUNTER AND THE CO2 CANISTER

‘DE-COUPLE’ (click here)

REMOVE OLD CANISTER

‘DE-GAS’ (click here)

DE-PRESSURIZE THE TRAP UNIT

‘DE-PRESSURIZE’ (click here)

NEW GAS CANISTER

‘POWER/PRESSURISE THE TRAP’ (click here)

TEST FIRE

‘TEST-FIRE YOUR TRAP’ (click here)

INSTALL NEW ALP

‘PREPARE THE LURE’ (click here)


 

 

 

 

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KEEP AN INSTALLATION RECORD


Use this table, put a note in your calender, set an alarm on your phone…just don’t forget!

A24 Automatic Trap Installation Record

SHIFTING YOUR TRAPS



CONSTANT CONTROL

Rather than shift your traps, it is better to add to the trapping network and increase your pest free area — a Goodnature constant control network. 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.

WARNING:

Ensure the trap is DE-PRESSURIZED before any new
CO2 CANISTER is installed. See steps below.

Although the CO2 CANISTER has been removed the trap may still be live (pressurized) with one charge remaining in its chamber. To DE-PRESSURIZE 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-pressurized 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-pressurized 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 ‘FIND THE BEST TRAPPING LOCATION


 

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A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse Trap

A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse Trap

A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse Trap

A24 Automatic Rat and Mouse Trap

WARNINGS & WARRANTY

WARNINGS:


WARRANTY:


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 defects in material and workmanship.

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 Automatic Trap Company Inc.

Only the original owner is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and must have purchased the product from Automatic Trap Company Inc.

 

OUTSIDE 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:

Support@AutomaticTrap.com

 

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