Havahart Cage Trap - Model 1078

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Havahart Cage Trap - Model 1078
Havahart Cage Trap - Model 1078

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Product Overview

The Havahart #1078 cage trap measures 24" x 7" x 7" and is suitable for trapping skunks, squirrels and rabbits. Easy to bait, set and release, this high tensile wire mesh trap is steel reinforced for long life and maximum resistance to damage. The smooth inside edges are for the protection of the animal, while the gravity-action door has sensitive triggers to ensure a quick, secure catch. Click on the "product label" link under the picture to the left for use instructions.

Features and Specs

Target pests Squirrels, Skunks, Mink and Rabbits
For use in The live trap may be placed where ever nuisance animals are present
Dimensions 24 in. L x 7 in. W x 7 in. H
Color Grey
Material / Construction Galvanized wire mesh
Special Features Suitable for trapping squirrels, skunks, mink, rabbits and similar sized animals
Constructed of galvanized wire mesh for maximum resistance to rust and corrosion
Internal edges to protect and prevent injuries to animals
Trigger rod is located outside of the trap so animal cannot damage it while in the trap
Each cage comes fully assembled and ready for use with one spring loaded door
Made in the U.S.A
Shipping Weight 6.02 lbs
Manufacturer Havahart (Mfg. Number: 1078)
UPC 036348010784


General Trapping Tips

2 Door Trap The following tips should be used when preparing to live catch your nuisance animal.

Havahart recommends that you contact the Humane Society, or the local or state game commission before setting a trap to determine the lawful method of releasing a captured wild or nuisance animal. Many species are protected by law in various states.

Following the instructions contained in the carton, you may want to test the trap and spring it a few times to make sure that it works properly. For example, spring it by touching the trip plate from each end, This should be done also after the trap has been set and camouflaged to make sure it works freely. If you feel the doors do not work fast enough, place small stones or other weights on top of the door. This will cause doors to drop faster.

When you receive the trap it will be bright and new. Therefore do not be discouraged in case you do not catch what you anticipated the first night or day. The effectiveness of Havahart traps usually improve with age. Some animals do not mind a new trap while others do. So instead of setting the trap to catch the first animal to come along, bait the trap, or simply place it where you intend to set it and fasten the doors open by means of a stick or wire.

After a couple of days, when you notice the bait has been disturbed or taken, it is time to set the trap. Camouflaging the trap is an effective means to entice the animal. Place twigs and leaves all over the trap to remove a lot of the glare from the trap. You can even spray it with water and throw dirt on it to give it a conditioned look. Animals will not be discouraged from entering the trap by the smell of your handling the trap or from supposed machine/oil odors in the manufacturing process.

Top Trapping Tips

  • Be aware of weather conditions. Trapped animals should not be left out in the elements as they can die from prolonged exposure to heat and cold.
  • Check traps FREQUENTLY. Wild animals stress easily and may seriously injure themselves as they attempt to escape.
  • Other animals besides the target animal may get caught in the trap. If this happens, advice on releasing it safely can be obtained from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your state.
  • Depending on the time of year, you may trap a nursing mother and if you relocate only her, her babies will not survive. To see if you've trapped a nursing female, stand the trap on one end to observe the belly.
  • Traps should be washed, disinfected with a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts of water and let it remain on for 20 minutes), and thoroughly rinsed after each capture to stop the spread of any potential disease. Animals frequently defecate and urinate when captured and it is unhealthy to put bait down unless trap is cleaned thoroughly.

The following are good bait suggestions for squirrels:

  • Cereal
  • Grains
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Anise oil (a drop or two on bread)
  • Shelled corn
  • Apples
  • Mixed peanut butter and oatmeal or peanut butter and molasses, popcorn
  • One trapper swears by almond extract on bread as bait to tempt the nearest squirrel

The following are good bait suggestions for skunks:

  • Chicken entrails
  • Cracknels
  • Fish, canned (sardines)
  • Fresh-insect larvae such as may beetles
  • Crisp bacon
  • Cat food
  • Bread crust coated with peanut butter
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  • 4 of 5 Stars

    Good trap

    By Roger on 07/04/2008

    This is a good trap. The only problem I have is getting a new door loop, the old one got weak and fell off. Can't find just the door loop.

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    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    havahart Cage Trap Model 1078

    By Laura on 09/20/2014

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    Within 5 days of using this trap, I have captured 2 squirrels and one large skunk. These critters have been giving me a lot of grief for the past two years. I am very pleased to have found something that works since I have not been able to get them to move out by any other means.

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    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 1 of 5 Stars

    Report on cage trap

    By Rodolfo on 06/05/2020

    It is not working the rabbit won't tak me the bait.

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    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    mine works great!

    By Ed on 10/07/2020

    I bought a Havahart trap over 3 years ago. I'll bet I've caught at least 100 grey squirrels, a few possums, and a dozen rats in it. I relocate everything to a park about 5 miles from my house. Fact is, for every squirrel I catch, 2 or 3 more come to take their place. Can't catch 'em all. Right now, it's in the attic waiting for a couple if squirrels that have chewed their way in there. Peanuts, oily sunflower seeds, and a dab of peanut butter seem to do the trick. Occasionally oil the parts that rub together for best results. (I kept the possums here.. they eat bugs and cause no damage.) Good product.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars

    A squirrel??

    By Jimmy on 12/17/2021

    Set the trap to catch a squirrel that had been quite a pest for a while and take him back to the forest. Well, it worked like a charm but instead of a squirrel is was a skunk! Luckily my husband was able to take him to the forest with no odor problems!

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What should I do with a skunk or animal that I caught in a Havahart trap?

I have a skunk in the Havahart trap! Now what? How do I get it out of the trap without having to bathe in tomato juice?

Once you discover a skunk, you will need another cloth, large enough to completely cover the Havahart trap, and a brick or object that is tall and wide enough to keep the trap door open at least 5 inches but one that won’t block the skunk’s escape. With this equipment in hand, quietly approach the trap from the cloth side (so the skunk can’t see you), holding the large cloth in front of you. Gently drape the cloth completely over the cage. Get the object that you will use to keep the door open. (Some spring-loaded traps actually have a device to do this.) When you are ready, take a quick peek to make sure the skunk is at the opposite end of the trap. Chances are he will be facing you as the noise will peak his interest. Quickly open the door and prop it open. As you walk away, take the large blanket with you. Keep the blanket open between you and the trap as you quietly and methodically back away. While it is possible for the skunk to bolt out of the cage, it rarely happens. Usually, the skunk remains in the covered portion of the trap until he feels safe enough to walk out. Don’t be surprised if he remains in the trap until nightfall. Be sure to check with your local authorities to see where or if the animal can be released.

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Can I prop the door open on the Havahart Cage Trap Model 1078?

I need to trap my semi-feral cat to move her to my new home. How do I prop it open without setting the trap?


You can lift the door of the Havahart Cage Trap Model 1078 and hold it in place with a stick to allow animals to exit on their own. For trapping, however, we would suggest following the manufacturer's instructions and setting the one-way door with food inside to intice the animal. Trapping will be most effective when you know the animal is hungry.

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Best baits for rabbits?
Rabbits are strict herbivores that feed mainly on grasses, leafy greens, root vegetables and some fruits. If you have a garden, identify what types of foods your rabbit is stealing and use those as bait to lure rabbits inside your trap. Some of the best baits for rabbits are apples, brussel sprouts, carrots and lettuce.

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Do you have a video on how to set the Havahart age Trap - Model 1078?

The lock does not lock the cat gets out each time.


We do not have a video for how to set the Havahart Cage Trap – Model 1078, however there are instructions with pictures that you can view here. If you are still having trouble, then you can also contact Havahart directly at 1-855-5-HAVAHART.

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I was just wondering if the Havahart Cage Trap - Model 1078 would be shipped UPS or USPS?
Typically, with free shipping we weigh the item and input the shipping address and get a cost estimate from both USPS and UPS, and whichever is most economical for us is the way the product will ship. Larger items will usually ship UPS, but there is no guarantee on shipping methods unless you select and pay for the shipping.

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