Automatic Trap Company (ATC), are the sole distributor of A24 traps in the US and are assisting conservation projects in Hawaii to remove invasive species like the black rat and Norway rat which have endangered Hawaii’s diverse wildlife and mesic forests. Major trap layouts are currently taking place with the U.S. Army’s Oʻahu Natural Resources Program on O’ahu and with Pūlama Lāna‘i on Lāna‘i, an island 98 per cent owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison.
ATC president Blair Calder says networks of A24 traps are revolutionising conservation efforts and Hawaii is leading the way in the US. “There are a lot of species here in the United States which are important to our biodiversity, but sadly their numbers are declining due to predation by introduced pests like rats and mice. Because of the A24s self-resetting nature and long-life, non-toxic lure, it is an effective tool for wiping out rodents humanely on a large scale so natural wildlife can flourish,” he says.
Over the next few months, the U.S. Army’s Oʻahu Natural Resources Program will finish installing nearly 1,000 Goodnature A24 self-resetting traps as part of ongoing efforts to protect threatened and endangered plant and animal species on Oʻahu. The effort supports military training and environmental requirements, and complements the 500 A24s already installed in the Waianae Mountains. Staff will deploy 910 A24 self-resetting traps to reduce rats in the Waiʻanae and Koʻolau mountain ranges. The traps, along with Goodnature’s Automatic Lure Pump (ALP), will be spread over four sites to replace single-use snap traps. The trapping network will help protect the endangered Oʻahu ʻelepaio, the endangered tree snail Achatinella mustelina, and nine species of endangered plants.
Hawaii News Now featured the Goodnature A24 trap deployment plans as their top story yesterday