THE PHILPROOF TRAP COVER
- VERSATILITY -Philproof
trap covers are designed to accommodate both Mk4 and Mk6
Fenn traps but I would recommend the Mk6
for most purposes. The covers can also be used for
covering rat traps to protect non target species or be
used for housing poison baits, again protecting non
target species. They can be made blind at one end or the
hole size can be varied to exclude some larger non target
species. Available in black or natural coloured U.V.
- Durability and portability
- The covers are designed to be strong enough to
withstand many years of wear and tear, yet are light
enough to be carried in stacks of up to 20.
- Catchability. -The narrow
entrance tunnel at either end guides the mustelid over
the centre of the trap while the roof becomes lower
immediately after the trap, making it more difficult for
a stoat or weasel to jump over the trap.
- Safety of non targets -
The single trap cover in particular has enough length of
tunnel prior to the trap to stop small children from
gaining access to the trap. Similarly the tightness of
the tunnel should prevent weka and kiwi from being
accidentally trapped . The size of the entrance hole can
be varied to restrict access.
SHOULD I CHOOSE A SINGLE OR
DOUBLE TRAP COVER, AND HOW MANY? If you can afford to buy the
second trap to go with the double cover then I would
recommend this option, as trials to date indicate that a
double set catches more stoats. There doesn't appear to be
any significant difference in catch rate of ferrets when
comparing single and double sets. The single trap cover has
the advantage of a longer, narrower entrance tunnel at each
end which better restricts non target (including small
children) access to the trap. If you have a problem at a
single site (e.g chicken house) one trap set should catch the
offender, but having 2 or 3 strategically located will
increase the chances of a early demise. If protecting a large
bush area or similar, one trap set every 100-150m in a grid
pattern should have a significant effect on the population.
See the TRAPS page, for instructions.
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