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Timms Possum Kill Trap

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The Timms traps has been available for at least 30 years as a possum kill trap and has become a household name in New Zealand.

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Product overview

Product overview

The Timms traps has been available for at least 30 years as a possum kill trap and has become a household name in New Zealand.

The trap is a yellow plastic box with a hole in the front that the possum puts its head into to access the bait. Inside the box is a spring loaded bar that strikes the possum under the chin when it sets off the trap. This cuts off the possums wind-pipe so that the possum becomes unconcious and then dies from lack of oxygen.

Setting the trap is easily achieved by pulling a string located at the back of the trap. The trap can be baited with a slice of apple or our Pestoff Possum Bait

• Suitable for orchard and lifestyle blocks
• Robust, simple and highly visible yellow plastic design
• Easily set by simply pulling cord at rear of trap
• Bait with a slice of apple
• Can be placed on ground, trees, roofs or almost anywhere (but be careful with domestic pets!)

Size: W 16cm x D 18cm x H 26cm
Weight: 1kg

View possum trap guidelines

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Customer questions

Questions and answers

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q: Will these kill stoats and ferrets?
a: It is a bit big, there a better traps for these species.
By Trade Tested on August 10, 2020
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q: Really ??? feral cats. Got three possums last nite with just apple. My husband passed away recently and he shot the feral cats and the rabbits so were reasonably controlled Now here I am 75 female all the rifles gone to the grandson whom is 300km away. Would i bait the trap some steak? Now Rabbits I bought some poison stations every night 6 cups of rabbit bait it cost more for that then for me to eat.
a: That sounds frustrating! Yes they can be used - Effective baits include: 1. fresh or salted rabbit, hare, or possum 2. fresh/frozen/salted fish 3. dehydrated meat baits
By Trade Tested on January 13, 2020
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q: If the trap is a bit stiff to go off, is their a way to Tweek them. Have caught 22possums in a row then two nights of bait gone and trap not gone off?
a: Not generally unless there is a specific issue - perhaps the possums are getting smarter!? You could try securing the bait using a rubber band?
By Trade Tested on March 16, 2020
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q: Are these safe with a dog on the property?
a: Basically there is always a risk to inquisitive pets with a trap like this, here are some basic guidelines to follow to minimise risk - taken from PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING KILL TRAPS • Keep fingers clear of the front or “kill zone” when interacting with traps at all times • For single kill traps set the trap late afternoon/early evening. • When trapping around domestic animals it is a good idea to release all set traps early morning. • Ensure family pets are restrained indoors while the trap is set if practical. Young cats and some breeds are naturally inquisitive. • Use bait types that don’t attract cats etc. • Raising traps off the ground can reduce non-target interference but also potentially reduce kill rates if the technique is poorly applied.
By Trade Tested on February 27, 2020
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q: How safe are these in the proximity of domestic cats?
a: You'll need to take some precautions - check out the link below the description for some helpful guidelines.
By Trade Tested on February 27, 2020
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q: Is it humane? How long does it take for the possum to die?
a: It's instantaneous, so yes.
By Trade Tested on December 17, 2019
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q: How are these traps for feral cats. If suitable any helpful hints?
a: Yes they can be used for this, you would need to use a different type of bait.
By Trade Tested on September 19, 2019
Customer reviews

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Erica Auckland

Possum trap

20 days ago


Great product

Steve Waikato

An excellent possum trap

2 months ago


I've had 8 humane kills in the three weeks I've had the trap, so am very pleased with its performance. It's simple, easy to operate, and easily relocated to the base of a different tree. Use blaze (flour, icing sugar, milk powder & cinnamon) to lead the possums to the trap, bait it with a smallish piece of apple, and if there are possums in the area, you'll get them. Recommended.

Peter Wainuiomata

Yes it works!

2 months ago


Trap 4, possums nil.

Nana Waikato

Just the trick

3 months ago


Bloody marvelous.

Gazza Glen Massey

Tim's trap

3 months ago


Works well and rural delivery was no problem. Recommend it to a friend in Wanganui and they got 5 possums in first five days.

Toby Auckland

Timms Possum Trap

3 months ago


Best bait for possums is sliced apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it.

Louall Canterbury

Timms Trap

4 months ago


Excellent Product easy to operate. Works got possum next night.

Lindsay Palmerston North

Timms Possum Kill Trap

7 months ago


Great trap. Easy to set and use. Humane system helps the environment.

Jill McMillan Marlborough


7 months ago


Purchased this kill trap & the first night it was set it caught a Possum, so it really does work & we are very very pleased with our purchase. It’s a very sturdy design with an extremely strong spring loaded mechanism & I imagine it will be good to go for years

Turbo Canterbury

Trap info

8 months ago


I purchased two traps, work ok , have trouble with the birds stealing bait during the day though and not a real fast kill on bigger possums

Nana Choko Hamilton City

Recognised name throughout New Zealand

8 months ago


All ready to go. As yet haven't had a possum testing the trap but all set to go. A neighbour has been using hers for over 20 years very successfully.

Possum Auckland

Possum mayhem

10 months ago


We have not caught anything with our new Timms but our other old Timms has caught 11 possums in last 3 weeks, the new one is in a different orchard and fruit not ripe yet. Living in semi rural area there is still plenty to catch and we plant them under the trees they damage as slow release fertiliser - giving or playing it forward !! This is an excellent design and is quick and humane.

Popeynz Waikato

These are the best if you have a possum problem

10 months ago


Excellent - Four possums and a fat in first five nights! No more running on our roof and a few more caught over next two weeks. These traps are brilliant - just some Apple & cinnamon sprinkled around. Paid in kind! Highly recommended.

Devon Nelson

Two Timms at work

11 months ago


Recently purchased two Timms traps and set them up on our small lifestyle block amongst trees complete with apple, flour and cinnamon. Caught two large possums on the third night. Very happy with their performance.

Doiley Auckland

Timms Possum Trap

12 months ago


This is a very effective product, I would recommend this as a humane way of killing Possums.

Colin New Plymouth

Possum Kill Trap

about 1 year ago


Easy to use and had caught a large rat with in two days and a possum the next night.

Marty Chrsitchurch

Possum killer!

about 1 year ago


Awesome tool, already get 2 dead ones nice clean kill

Scott Hamilton

Awesome Trap

about 1 year ago


Works really well, and caught 11 possums in 2 weeks with it

Vonney Kerikeri

G8est Possum Trapper ever.

about 1 year ago


Excellent, I have now caught 5 of the big mothers

Cully Manawatu

Timms possom traps

about 1 year ago


Recently bought two to join with what I have here. Firstly they are safe with the animals (cats and chickens) I have here. They are so easy to use and can be seen from far off so saving time. I will be buying more as the seasons evolve too, and lastly they are very hardy and hard wearing. An excellent product which I recommend.

Will Waikato

Great product

about 1 year ago


Works well, already two down. Fast delivery

Mike Omapere

Possum Trap

over 2 years ago


These work OK but are a bit hit and miss with the bait able to be "slipped" off the spike by the possums without setting off the trap, have tried to "fix" the piece of apple but often the bait is gone and the trap has not sprung. When it works it's great but I'm still trying to get a better "hit" rate.

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