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Pest Monitoring & Control

Gotcha Traps are the inventors and distributors of Black Trakka, a system that allows pest and protected native species detection and monitoring.

The Black Trakka™ was developed in NZ by Warren Agnew and is now used in many countries. Our pest monitoring tunnels are specially designed for species identification and can even identify individual mammals by the size of their feet. Approved as the standard operating procedure by the New Zealand Department of Conservation and used by research scientists internationally, Black Trakka™ is equally suitable for backyard home monitoring.

Why Monitor For Pests?

Consider these quotes from the New Zealand Department of Conservation… (source)

“How will you know if your pest control is working?
Monitoring is an essential tool for your PF2050 group.”

“Predator Free 2050 is all about outcomes, and outcomes are all about monitoring
– so let’s get monitoring.”

“It can be essential to have monitoring results when
applying for funding and promoting your group.”

New Zealand has the most threatened species in the world!

  • 81% of birds
  • 88% of reptiles
  • 72% of freshwater fish endangered
  • 25 million birds die per year through predation

With the aid of the Black Trakka weather-proof tunnel and inked card system, you can help monitor pests and create a predator-free New Zealand.

Black Trakka

  • Helps protect native New Zealand wildlife, particularly the birds
  • Encourages the growth and regeneration of native plants by providing data for pest elimination
  • Increases the survival chances for endangered species
  • Provides accurate data and information on detecting and identifying the special creatures and common pests living in & around your own section

Protecting native species from predatory invaders can only be achieved if we know how many are still out there to catch, not just how many we have caught.

We partner with...

  • Sanctuaries of NZ
  • Predator Free NZ
  • Maungatautari Mountain Sanctuary
  • Rotokare Scenic Reserve
  • Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
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