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Pest Control




The Little River Trap Library is open on the second Sunday of each month. It is operated on a voluntary basis and traps are free to loan. We are able to provide advice on best practice and get you started on keeping predator numbers down on your property. Traps are loaned for a period of 3 months, at which time you will be given the option of extending the loan period to 6 months. We have a range of traps and bait stations. All have been well tested and have ethical approval for use.  We do not advocate the use of leg hold traps and these are not available. If you are having trouble with rats, stoats, mice, or possums feel free to phone either Geoff Ettrick 3251 332 or Alison Evans 3251 336. We also have some cage traps if you want to catch animals such as feral cats alive and take them to the vet for euthanasia.

To listen to the Country Life Programme on 27/05/2017 on the Trap Library go here

A note from Alison – I am still coordinating the Akaroa Trap Library but …we have a new coordinator forAllison at the Trap Library the Little River ‘branch’! It is Rouke Bakker who lives in Okuti Valley. He can be contacted on

 Trap LibraryRouke  grew up in the Netherlands, spent 3 years working in Kenya,  3 years in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand in 1993 and to Diamond Harbour in 1999. He  loves the Peninsula so when the opportunity came he  moved further into it (from Diamond Harbour to Okuti Valley) on 17 November 2017 with Ellen and Frankie. They are  now the  guardians of a 20 ha piece of paradise that they would  like to see  regenerate to it’s original state.  Most of Rouke’s neighbours have the same expectations/intentions, which is encouraging.  Controlling pests such as possums, stoats and rats seems to be an inevitable contribution.
Rouke  still has a full time job but would like to give some of his  free time to the local community, and the trap library seemed an obvious opportunity.
Little River Trap Library Contact Rouke
Akaroa Trap Library-contact Alison on 3251-336

The Trap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance)  of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.

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