Cute as they may appear scampering around your yard, wild rabbits can do a considerable amount of damage to flower beds, vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs. They love to feed on grasses, garden crops, lettuce, peas, cabbage, broadleaf weeds and young tree buds alike. Before you grab your gun, know that many species of rabbit are protected by law in various states and oft times a permit or license is required to kill animals. Neither are there any registered pesticides or poisons for use on rabbits. The suggested method for rabbit control is trap and release. Live rabbit traps are the most humane method for trapping rabbits. The problem is that many homeowners have no idea about how to catch a rabbit. Read on below the products to learn how to catch a wild rabbit.
See also: animal traps, rabbit repellent
1. Buy or order a rabbit trap locally or online.
Havahart is one well-known company that has long been trusted for understanding how to make a rabbit trap that gets the job done. One-door cage traps can sometimes also be found locally at feed stores.
2. Test the trap.
The directions included in the trap packaging should tell you how to test the trap to make sure it is working properly before you activate it for the first time. This might include springing the trap a few times by touching the trip plate from each end. If the doors seem to drop too slowly, you can place a few small rocks on top of the door when you set the trap, causing it to drop more quickly.
3. Place the trap in a strategic location.
Rabbits will often follow the same path through your yard or garden repeatedly. If you have been watching the rabbit for some time you might already have pretty good idea of its path. Try to place the rabbit trap along the rabbit’s regular route. If you have a fence and know where the rabbit typically enters, you can place the trap in this location.
4. Use a small plate to place the rabbit trap bait inside the live trap.
Ideal baits for rabbits include brussel sprouts, carrots, lettuce, cabbage or apples. Rabbits are also attracted to apple cider when sprayed around the inside of rabbit box cage.
5. Camouflage the trap.
Animals are naturally cautious and apprehensive when they encounter a new object in their environment. Camouflaging the rabbit trap with greenery, flowers, twigs and leaves can help the rabbit feel more comfortable about approaching the food inside.
6. Activate and monitor the trap.
After activating the trap per the directions, you will need to monitor it daily to check for rabbits so that if you do catch one, you can release it as soon as possible. This is especially important in the winter. You do not want the animal to freeze to death. For instructions on how and where to release wild rabbits, call your local humane society, game commission or extension office.
7. If you are dealing with more than one rabbit, repeat steps 1 through 6 until you meet the end of your rabbit problems.
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