This year is a Mast Year which is triggered by a cool summer followed by a warm summer which in turn triggers large crops of fruit and seeds on trees which is food for rodents.
Now is a great time to start baiting and trapping rats and mice around your home and property as you can expect to see an increase in rodents this year, especially if you live near orchards or native forest areas.
“Results from extensive seed sampling across the country in February and March point to the biggest beech mast for more than 40 years with exceptionally heavy seed loads in South Island forests. Rimu forests and tussock grasslands in the South Island are also seeding heavily.
Forest seeding provides a bonanza of food for native species but also fuels rodent and stoat plagues that will pose a serious threat to native birds and other wildlife as predator populations build up next spring and summer.” Read more on the DOC website…