The Modified Victor was developed by Grant Morriss and Bruce Warburton of Landcare Research NZ Ltd. They developed it to provide the pest control industry with a more cost-effective and lightweight alternative to the DOC 150 and 200 traps set in a wooden box which costs approximately $65 and weights around 4.5kg. The modified Victor with the tunnel weighs 0.35kg, which is less than 1 tenth the weight and it costs 1 third the price.
Grant and Bruce undertook extensive tests on the trap to determine whether it passed international standards for humaness of kill traps. They found that the modified Victor trap passed these standards (see the following links for the research results).https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/57064/Grant_Morriss_low_cost_trap.pdf
After these trials Grant and Bruce sought a commercial partner to take the trap to a commercial stage where it could be manufactured and marketed on a commercial scale. Pest Control Research LP undertook this task and designed plastic injection moulded parts that would fit onto the Victor to achieve the same results that the prototype trap achieved in the Landcare trials. We designed a trigger that holds a slice of the Muselid and Cat bait (also available on this site.
Grant has made a video on how to use the Modified Victor and tunnel. This can be viewed in the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzTrQMfRDps
- A more cost-effective and lightweight alternative to the DOC 150 and 200 in a wooden box.
- Passes International standards for humaness.
- Suitable for humanely killing stoats and rats.