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How Rodent Control on Your Property Impacts Native Birds

Posted in Predator Free 2050 on March 13, 2023

The road to a Predator Free 2050 starts at home

We all have a part to play in a Predator Free 2050. Rodents are not native to our ecosystems and threaten our nation’s natural native - taonga. In fact, introduced pests and predators threaten our native bird song and have resulted in New Zealand having the highest rate of threatened indigenous species in the world. Fortunately, it’s not too late for us to reverse these statistics, and protecting our native species starts in our own backyards.

It’s an approach that we fiercely believe in at Kiwicare, and we're on a mission to make New Zealand Predator Free by 2050. That way we can all enjoy our beautiful backyard for generations to come. And we're grateful to you for coming on this journey with us and showing an interest in how you can help keep New Zealand’s birdsong going strong.

Why eliminating rodents in your home and garden helps

Every single predator has an impact. The Predator Free Trust, Department of Conservation, Forest and Bird and many other organisations are doing their best to tackle conservation and predator control in the bush, but they can only do so much. If rats and mice are prolifically breeding in suburban areas and on farms, the cycle will continue as they reintegrate back into native bush. So, we all need to play our part in tackling rodents and eliminating them from New Zealand.

Quickfire facts on the impact predators are having in NZ:

  • Every night in New Zealand approximately 68,000 native birds are killed by introduced predators.
  • Many native bird species are defenceless against rats and other introduced predators.
  • In New Zealand 4,000 native species are threatened or at risk of extinction.
  • Possums are an all-round threat to our native birds. They love to feast on chicks and eggs damaging the habitat and putting food resources under pressure.
  • Did you know, one hedgehog was found with 283 wētā legs in its stomach?

What benefits do you gain from getting rid of rodents on your property?

Eliminating rats and mice from your home and garden has a number of benefits aside from just saving our native birds. Rodents are known to spread disease, damage the structural integrity of properties by gnawing on water pipes, as well as increasing the risk of fire by chewing on electrical wires. So, it’s a win-win situation. You get rid of rodents and save the birds as well as better protect your home.

How to get rid or rodents and start your Predator Free journey

If you’ve ever had to deal with infestations of rats and mice before you’ll know it can feel a bit frustrating, especially if you don’t really know what you’re doing. What do you do when the rodents are blatantly ignoring your baits or traps? What happens if inquisitive kids or pets get their hands on things? How do you choose the right product for your needs when there are so many products to choose from? How do you deal with rodents humanly, you want to get rid of them, but don’t want them to suffer? The list of questions can go on and on.

Fortunately, at Kiwicare we specialise in rodent control and have spent years researching and creating products that work, as well as developing an easy to implement 1-2-3 step plan that can help you get rid of rats and mice quickly and effectively.

Kiwicare has also developed a Predator-Free Kit that contains everything you need to eliminate rats and mice from your home and garden in a single kit. Better yet 10% of profits from the sale of these kits will be donated to the Predator Free Trust to support the incredible work they’re doing to protect New Zealand’s native birds.

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