Havahart Cage Trap Model 1079

4 out of 5 stars 17 Reviews | 2 Q&A

Havahart Cage Trap Model 1079
Havahart Cage Trap Model 1079

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4 out of 5 stars Rating: 4.2

17 Reviews | 2 Q&A

Product Overview

The Havahart #1079 cage trap measures 32" x 10" x 12" trap and is suitable for trapping armadillos, racoons and groundhogs (woodchucks). Easy to bait, set and release, this high tensil 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 Raccoons, Armadillos, Groundhogs (woodchucks), Opossums
For use in The live trap may be placed where ever nuisance animals are present
Dimensions 32 in. L x 10 in. W x 12 in. H
Color Grey
Material / Construction Galvanized wire mesh
Special Features Constructed of sturdy 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 10.04 lbs
Manufacturer Havahart (Mfg. Number: 1079)
UPC 036348561019


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 groundhogs:

  • Fresh string beans
  • Sweet corn
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Peaches
  • Vanilla extract

The following are good bait suggestions for raccoons:

  • Fish, fresh or canned
  • Honey or sugar covered vegetables
  • Smoked fish
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet corn
  • Cooked fatty meat
  • Crisp bacon
  • Marshmallow is a favorite
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  • 5 of 5 Stars

    The trap works GREAT!

    By Serg on 09/03/2010

    The trap arrived very soon, set it up with a trail of sliced apples that afternoon and the next morning I had my groundhog! The trap worked GREAT; I couldn’t believe how easy I trapped the groundhog that was causing a mess under my shed and in my garden. The only thing the instructions are tricky to read for the first time and the release of the animal is not as simple as the instructions say. I don't want my hands or my body near the cage when releasing a wild trapped animal.

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    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Coon Huntin'

    By Coon on 08/13/2011

    GREAT PRODUCT. Caught 3 coons in 3 nights. Use Marshmellows!

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    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars


    By Ron on 09/19/2011

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    As soon as I received the trap I set it up to catch feral cats. I caught 5 in 5 nights. The trap functioned just as I would have hoped. Good product. Well worth the money. I will continue to use.

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    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 2 of 5 Stars

    Did not work for Raccoon

    By Steve on 04/17/2013

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    Have Raccoon problem "poopin in my pool" I got the trap set it with marshmellows next day no bait no raccoon and poop in pool. Set it again tried cat food tied to cage and more marshmellows next day no bait no raccoon poop in pool. 3rd day tried again tested trap it worked baited next day trap closed no bait no raccoon poop in pool. WOW!!! smart raccoon!! Day 4 baited trap next day caught a squirrel. Day 5 came to the conclusion that trap is a piece of junk and does not do what it says it does. Don't waste you money on this trap. Bought coyote urine on line used and WOW first night in a month No raccoon poop in my pool!!!! Update 2 weeks later NO RACCOON!!! Gave 2 stars because it caught a squirrel..

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    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    A fine product

    By David on 05/11/2008

    Thanks for prompt delivery. Havahart cage trap is a fine product. Have already caught one pest!

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    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Is Havahart Cage Trap Model 1079 a one-door trap?

I would would like to know if this Model 1079 Havahart animal trap is a one-door model or two? How do you release the trap door to let the animal out, without getting your hands so near the trap? It seems like a hard release, unless it is a 2-door trap.

The Havahart Model 1079 is a one door trap. Below is a link to a gentlemen using the 1079 and catching and releasing animals. He does a great job of visually showing folks what to expect. Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAbMNccWR6M

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How do I get rid of racoons?

You can try using Havahart Cage Trap to treat for raccoons to eradicate them from the area. We also provided different size trap as well as repellents on our site for complete control. Please contact us for further information at 1-866-581-7378.

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