NZ Autotrap's mission is to assist the people caring for New Zealand’s Flora and Fauna to reduce the predator population by providing innovative and efficient predator trapping systems.

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NZ Autotraps are currently trialing two trap designs. These are –

  • AT200 for rats, stoats and ferrets
  • AT220 for possums and rats

These two traps are fundamentally the same, operating the same way. The trap itself is a spring kill trap, which once triggered is reset automatically by a gear drive reset mechanism which is driven by a small electric motor. The motor is powered by a rechargeable battery pack. Features of then traps include –

  • 100 cycles and 12 month battery life without servicing.
  • Non-contact trigger (IR eye) which has the ability to detect and kill the smaller pests that steal bait.
  • Both the AT200 and AT220 will kill rats and mice.
  • Auto rebaiting after each kill and each evening – this ensures bait is always fresh and the trap baited.
  • Data Logging – each cycle is counted and recorded, as well as the status of each trap.
  • Communications – each trap stores its own operating information. This information is communicated by RF so that the performance of the whole trap line can be monitored at any point in the line.
  • Humane Compliance – The AT220 complies with NAWAC requirements and the AT200 will be submitted for certification mid 2018.
  • NZAT has the ability to fit our proprietary resetting system to other existing traps.
  • Both the AT200 and AT220 are covered by “New Zealand Patent Application No. 731472, PCT Application No. 2017/050050”.

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How it began...

NZAT started with Kevin Bain recognizing the need for a self-resetting predator trap. There were many reasons for this but the main reasons were identified as:

• Improved trap performance compared with single set traps

  • Can only capture one pest
  • Are often seen false triggered or empty
  • Are often pest specific

• Increase the controlled area without the need for increased labour

  • Existing trap technologies require frequent re-setting and re-baiting so are labour intensive
  • Using Auto re-setting traps should increase the controllable area without the need for increased resources

• Reduce the reliance on toxins

• The need for reliable information on trap performance

After 12 months Kevin had developed his ideas to the point he was confident to show his prototypes at The National Agriculture Fieldays in June 2016. The interest was huge and the Pest Trap Reset Mechanism won both the Locus Research Innovation and the Tru-test Prototype Grassroots Awards.

NZ Autotraps in the media...

Waikato Business News May / June 2017

TRAPPINGS OF SUCCESS  How one inventor turned an idea into a business...

Fieldays Focus June 2017

PESTS NO MATCH FOR INNOVATIVE TRAP  The next exciting step for a ground-breaking machine that won not one, but two innovation awards at National Fieldays 2016 is to begin manufacture.

What's next for NZ Autotraps...

The next step is to do extensive field tests of the traps which have been redeveloped. This will be done with a range of Trusts and Landowners. Alongside these trials the traps will be evaluated to ensure they meet the NAWAC animal welfare regulations. This will be completed and results presented online by the end of February 2018.  Commercial manufacture will be set up and underway by May 2018.

 

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George Campbell   |   Business Manager NZ Autotraps

phone: 021951646

 

Kevin Bain   |   Technical Manager NZ Autotraps

phone: 021301029