Can I return my trap if I don’t catch anything?
Proper placement of the trap, pre-baiting, using the Goodnature Lure Tasters, eliminating food competition and other factors are necessary for successful trapping. We can’t guarantee the trap will work in your specific setting. However, if you want to return your trap, contact us to arrange a return within 30 days of the shipping date. An RMA (return merchandise authorization) number must be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org (.co not .com!) beforehand, and product must be received within 2 weeks. You are responsible for return shipping costs. Your account will be credited when the trap is received. Please note: We do not accept returns on consumables such as lure and CO2 canisters.Why are there no dead pests underneath my Goodnature trap?
Scavenging is a frequent occurrence so it is unlikely you will see everything that is killed. Rats, cats, birds, raccoons, and even dogs scavenge dead critters from below Goodnature traps. You can monitor rat levels with Goodnature Lure Tasters or purchase a Digital Strike Counter to get a clearer picture of trap activity.What is a Goodnature Digital Strike Counter?
Just in case you were wondering how many times the trap had been triggered, Goodnature has made a digital strike counter. Packed into a tiny enclosure, the strike counter slides onto the CO2 canister and spends most of its day asleep. It is sparked into action only when the trap is set off. Because it sleeps so much, you should get five years between battery changes, even if you check it weekly.Will the trap operate in cold temperatures?
The trap has been tested and operates from -20°C to 40°C.How do I know how much CO2 is left in the canister?
You can test-fire the trap to see if there is CO2remaining. To ensure your traps remain charged change the CO2 canister every 6 months.Why should you use only Goodnature Co2?
We ask customers to only use Goodnature Co2 16-gram canisters in their traps. This is for several reasons:
- Our CO2 canisters are capped with dry silicone which lubricates the regulator and seals to ensure long life of the trap.
- We source our canisters from Taiwan as they are guaranteed to have no petrochemical residues from the factory machinery which can cause the rubber seals of the trap to perish.
- The canisters have a gold passivate coating which prevents corrosion out in the field.
- We also quality check all of the threads when the canisters arrive to ensure they are fit for purpose.
- The warranty is void in non Goodnature Co2 canisters are used.
No. You should not shift a live trap. You must de-gas and then de-pressurise the trap before shifting.Can I purchase extra tree mount brackets?
Yes but best practice is to instead purchase extra traps and increase your area of control allowing your existing traps to manage reinvasion.How do I refresh the lure?
While our lures are long life, they will eventually tire and diminish in their scent when exposed to air. At least once a month, remove the shroud cap and take the long life lure bottle out, tap it against the tree trunk so the tired lure is dabbed out as a pre-feed to attract pests. Wipe all excess lure away from the bite block, or mouth of the lure bottle, and return to the trap.What is the shelf life of unopened lure?
All unopened lures have a shelf life of 18 months.I suspect my trap is faulty.
Test fire your trap as outlined in the Quick Set Up Guide – your trap may need a new CO2 canister. If you have any concerns get in touch with us!I caught a pest! What should I do?
In the field: You don’t need to do anything. The dead animal will either be taken by another animal or slowly decay into the environment.
Around the home: A dead animal will get smelly after a few days of warm weather. To avoid any unpleasant odors bury the carcass under a few centimeters of soil or compost.When can I stop trapping?
To maintain the conservation gains you have achieved through initial trapping, your traps should be left in place for the long term to catch any re-invading pests. Remember to refresh the lure monthly, and replace the CO2 and lure every 6 months.
I already know I have rats. Why should I use the Lure Taster cards?
Lure Tasters will show you the best place to put your A24 trap, i.e. places where rats feel safe to eat. Watch our great Lure Taster Video online about how to use these cards to maximise the effectiveness of your trap.I set my A24 by a compost bin or food source but 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 Lure Tasters to determine the best place to set a trap. You may have to disrupt the rats’ routine by moving or reducing access to the food-rich source, if possible, forcing them to look elsewhere for food.What happens if a child puts their hand into the trap?
In 10 years and tens of thousands of deployed traps it has never been reported; it would be very difficult to do. When installed, the A24 is only 5 inches above the ground. This would be a feat of contortion to get a hand into a trap. That said, if it did happen the hand would receive a blow greater than a mouse snap trap and less then a rat snap trap.Is the A24 a danger to native birds?
When installed at the recommended 12cm off the ground the A24 is difficult for a bird to enter. Nonetheless, installing the trap 75cm off the ground or attaching a Goodnature Blocker for A24 trap can reduce risk to native birds.Is the A24 trap 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. Neighborhood cats, however, are likely to remove dead rats and mice from below the trap.How many A24 rat traps should I get for my land area?
The general rule of thumb is two per hectare (spaced 50m apart). If you have a large area for conservation or a complex site such as an orchard, then call us.
Test fire an A24 Rat & Mouse Trap safely
To test fire an A24 trap, ensure that the trap is either on the tree mount or on a trap stand.For safety: Do not test fire the trap while holding a trap in your hand. When fired, the force of the traps striker is strong and is unsafe to hold.
- Remove the black cap from the trap by unscrewing it from the top.
- From above the trap, use a pen or stick to push the wire trigger to one side.
If there is gas in the trap the striker will be triggered. If nothing happens all gas has been flushed out and the trap is safe to move.Safe trapping
A question we get asked, is about the safety of our products around anything that’s not a specific pest our traps are designed to control.
We started Goodnature to protect endangered wildlife in New Zealand, and around the world, so it can flourish again. This means getting on top of pests - rats, stoats and possums for starters. We also want to go about it kindly.
We stand for solutions that are effective, humane and are easy and safe to use in living spaces through to wild places. All pest control methods come with some risk and each location they’re used in is different, so it’s important to consider your situation when installing your trap - like you would with any form of pest control.Here’s why we can say our traps are safe:
- Our lures are non-toxic, so safe for people to use and no risk to pets.
- Each lure is designed to appeal to a specific pest, not pets or other wildlife.
- When installed correctly, non-target species are not able to get into the trap.
To avoid injuring or killing protected wildlife or any other animal that’s good for nature, it’s important you follow the installation instructions to set up your trap correctly. Simply follow the steps in the Quick Start Guide to make sure each trap is set up to be both effective and safe.Trapping at home
If you have children, here are a few things to keep in mind when installing your trap.
Our traps require a deliberate action to trigger them, this can't be done accidentally. Children are naturally curious. We recommend treating all traps with care and taking the time to explain what the trap is, where it will be and that it isn't a toy.
As well as considering trap locations inaccessible to children, one way to help kids understand they shouldn’t play with traps is to demonstrate the firing action. The Quick Start Guide has steps for how to test fire your trap safely.
Safe trapping - the A24 trap and pets
If you have pets, here are a few things to keep in mind when installing your A24 rat & stoat trap.
When setting up your trap, the recommended height from ground level is 12cm (about a hand width). As this is low to the ground, it’s easy for rats and mice to get into the trap and much more difficult for other animals to - like cats, dogs and chickens.
Another safety measure built into the design is the size of the trap entrance - big enough for pests and too small for adult cats and dogs.
While we’ve never had any reports of any domestic animals being injured by our traps we can never say never, as animals can be inquisitive and have their own will.
If you are worried, or have very small pets (e.g. kittens) that will have access to the trap, here are a few tips to try before setting your trap live.
- Set the trap up with the lure, but no CO2 canister. You can then monitor your pet’s interaction with the trap before making it live.
- Set the trap in a location where pets can't interact with it. Our lures are non-toxic, so safe to use at home. The lure we use to attract rats and mice is chocolate, which isn’t an attractant to common pets like cats, dogs and chickens. They’re likely to be more interested in the pests left under the trap! Although, given most pets are well fed, you may not see this either.
If you’re part of a conservation estate project, or community trapping group, and have questions about larger scale trapping in your area, get in touch. We can help you understand any risks you might need to plan for.We’re here to help!
If you have any questions about setting up your trap, drop us an email at email@example.com (.co not .com) or give us a call at 1-877-992-8868.
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, cats, birds, raccoons, and even dogs are known to scavenge our traps.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 to 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.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.
Other reasons could be that you haven’t followed our tree selection and setup instructions 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.Can a rat or possum 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.What happens when the Counter gets to 99?
Firstly, you celebrate the success of constant control with your family and friends and then you zero the Counter because it stops counting once it gets to 99.How many pests can I expect to kill?
Every location will be different. Possum movements and populations vary throughout the year. Provided the trap is properly maintained and located, it will always be ready and waiting as a constant control. You can relocate the trap periodically or grow your trap network to control a greater area.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.Will the target pests interact with the Counter?
Yes, sometimes they might. Rats on occasion can gnaw the plastic of the Counter (and the trap) and sometimes possums might work the Counter off the canister while climbing over the trap trying to find how to get to the delicious lure.
- Shipping is available within the United States.
- All orders will be shipped 1-2 business days after the order is received (please allow time for weekends and statutory holidays)
- The majority of our orders are delivered within 7-10 business days.
- You will receive a tracking number
- Shipping costs are calculated based on the size and weight of your order
For orders more than 10 traps, or orders to remote locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (.co not .com!) for a delivery estimate.Payment Methods
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Paypal as payment methods.Billing Terms & Conditions
Your order is charged to your credit card or Paypal account at time of order. If your billing address is in California, state taxes will be charged.Return Merchandise Policies
All returned merchandise must be accompanied by a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Please call us to request a RMA number. RMA numbers must be obtained within 30 days from the date of delivery.Defective Merchandise
May be returned while under warranty for credit or exchange after obtaining a RMA number.
If you received incorrect or damaged merchandise, we will provide you with a label for return shipping.
May be returned within 30 days of the delivery date after obtaining an RMA number. Product returns must be received within 2 weeks in new and resalable condition in the original packaging. Items damaged or showing signs of use are not returnable. Items missing will be subject to additional charges.
Freight charges incurred due to returned merchandise are the responsibility of the customer. We recommend that you use FedEx or UPS with insurance for returns.
Call us at 1-877-992-8868 and request a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. We will need the following information:
Reason for return. If defective, describe specifically what is wrong.
Merchandise should be packaged in such a way as to protect the product and its packaging.
Clearly mark the RMA number on the outside of the shipping box.
Thank you for your purchase of the Goodnature A24 Trap. We pride ourselves in providing elite customer service and are sorry to hear that your experiences have not reflected those expectations.
Trapping isn't an exact science, rodents can be notoriously hard to catch. Before considering returning your trap, we suggest downloading our A24 Quick Set Up Guide for tips about finding the right combination of bait, trap placement, and eliminating other food sources.
Or contact our trapping team directly via email email@example.com
While we understand your frustration, we stand by behind our device as to say it will trigger in all conditions, is certified humane, toxin-free and can withstand -15° to 45° C temperatures.
No-Hassle Return Process
We can’t guarantee your trap will be successful. Nonetheless, we do have a no-hassle, money back return policy within 30-Days of the reception date of your trap.
Please note that all returns must have been purchased from an authorized Goodnature retailer and must be verified. We will not accept returns from an unauthorized third-party seller. Similarly, this also applies for any manufacturer warranty replacements or parts and pieces for your trap. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional questions.
To get your return, an RMA (return merchandise authorization) number must be obtained from email@example.com beforehand and the product must be returned to Goodnature within 2-Weeks of your request for return.
Your account will be credited when the trap is received. Please note: We do not accept returns on consumables such as lure and CO2 canisters.
Please be informed that we cannot cancel an order once it has already shipped. If you would like to cancel an order after it has shipped, contact our customer service team for further instruction.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Receive your RMA (return merchandise authorization)
- Complete any further instructions provided by the return team
If 30-Days have gone by since you received your trap, we cannot offer you a refund or exchange.
Additionally, you are responsible for covering the return shipping costs. Your account will be credited when the trap is received. Some types of goods are exempt from being returned. Consumable goods such as opened lures and CO2 canisters cannot be returned.
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.
Late or Missing Refunds
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. Contact your bank if there is a long processing time before a refund is posted.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at email@example.com
Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you.
If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
A24 Quick Start 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 quick start guide gives you the tools to get great results.
Automatic Lure Pump Instructions
The Automatic Lure Pump (ALP) is the latest advancement in Goodnature’s world-leading conservation technology. These instructions explain how to first activate and then install the ALP into your A24 so your trap stays constantly attractive with fresh lure for 6 months without any need for maintenance visits.
Goodnature Lure Taster Instructions
Goodnature Lure Tasters allow you to assess, not guess, the best places to put your A24 rat traps. Analyse the distinct bite marks left by target pests using this instruction manual. Set your traps where rodents have marked the cards.
Blocker for A24 Installation Guide
While our Blocker for A24 isn’t a necessity, it’s an extra step you can take for peace of mind.
Complex Trapping Sites
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.
Effective conservation projects are about steady and organised management of a network. Here are some general guides for groups and persons wanting to set up a conservation network.
Identifying Bite Mark
Goodnature’s Lure Tasters allow you to assess, not guess, the best places to put your A24 rat traps. Analyse the distinct bite marks left by target pests and set your traps where rodents have marked the cards.
Rachel had a Rat Problem
Food competition can be the biggest barrier to trapping success. Things like compost bins, dog biscuit bags, food stores and chicken feed all provide excellent food sources for rats. Once rats have a trusted food source, it can take some effort to get them to try something new.
2 Years of Rat Control
John lives on a 516 square metre property in Karori with an overgrown section to the rear and a neglected bush reserve across the road. After relocating his A24 to find the right spot to trap, John has tallied 21 dead in 29 days.
Network on Laurence's Farm
Laurence Giles is a farmer operating north of the Waikato town of Morrinsville. His property sits in the hills west of the Hauraki Plains, backing onto bush. This case study looks at how Laurence invested wisely to get success through Goodnature technology.
Southland Rat Control
Following long-term cost analysis of rat control options, Environment Southland chose to deploy A24s to enhance biodiversity in the Stirling bush block. The project has since recorded consecutive 0% rat monitors, while rat numbers continue to grow in neighbouring blocks.
Volunteers Protect Penguin
Backed by the Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and a committed core group of volunteers, Places for Penguins’ project team has stepped up its conservation efforts by increasing the density of Goodnature A24 traps around kororā nesting boxes.
A24 Traps Protect Whio Population
Goodnature A24 traps have been used to protect whio/blue duck on the upper Tongariro River for nearly three years, in an area where no other pest–control occurs.
Humane Evaluation – Rats
In independent field evaluations undertaken to assess the welfare performance of the A24 trap for rats, it achieved the A Class NAWAC guidelines for a humane kill trap, killing the target species quickly and effectively.
Goodnature, supported by the Department of Conservation, has developed reliable and effective self-resetting traps and long-life lures. DOC formal recommendation update: This statement includes updated advice on the A24 traps as an effective tool for stoat control based on kiwi survival rates in DOC trials.
Mechanical Reliability Report
DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the second 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.
Mechanical Reliability Report 2
DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the second 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.
Mechanical Reliability Report 3
DOC measured the A24 traps to be mechanically reliable during operational use. All traps had CO2 remaining at the third 6 month gas replacement period. This report outlines the process and results.
Native Island Rat Eradication Project
DOC's Native Island rat eradication project was successful in removing the rat population from Native Island using Goodnature A24 traps. This report outlines the process and results.
DOC Report – Rats 100 x 100 m
DOC, using Goodnature A24 traps at half best practice density, successfully knocked down and controlled elevated rat populations to undetectable levels.
DOC Report – Rats 100 x 50 m
The Harts Hill project established by DOC and Fiordland Conservation Trust successfully knocked down and controlled elevated rat populations in beech forest to undetectable levels using Goodnature A24 traps.