Rabbit Trap Types

Which is Best for You?

With such a verity of rabbit trap types, which do you choose? Rabbit pest control is a fickle thing and it all depends on the situation. But choosing the correct type of traps, cages or pits can really aid rabbit control, on a big or small scale. Below is a range of different rabbit trap types split into categories:

Spring Based Traps

An open rabbit Trap

Triggered by weight, the traps spring will shorten and case the door to shut. The trapped animal will be safety enclosed in a cage or box ready to be dispatched. The advantage of this kind of trap is that it will be very easy to set (and reset) and has a high success rate. The downside is of course the price, as making a spring trap by hand is very difficult you will have to spend anywhere from £5 to £60 on a single trap.

I would suggest this trap to someone who is unwilling to put a lot of time into managing traps. A small amount of rabbit pest control is achieved with these spring traps unless used in mass, but they are great when used with other control methods.

Manually Triggered Traps

Also know as “old fashioned” rabbit traps, manually triggered traps are closed by the rabbit’s movements. This could mean anything from pulling on a string that cases the door to shut or forcing a sea-saw plank over its head, closing the way out. These traps are normally homemade and can be extremely cheap to make. The down side is that your chances of catching whatever walks in are entirely dependant on the quality of the trap, not forgetting the time it takes to make them.

This is an ideal method for gardeners with a DIY hobby, but not so great for farmers with little time to spare.

Pit Traps

First of all, I would like you to clear the image of a hole covered in twigs from your mind. Pit traps are considered very advanced rabbit traps and they can really result in a lot of trapped pests.

Most pits have a ‘tunnel’ which leads the prey onto a spring loaded trap. Once a certain weight stands on top of the spring panel it will drop the rabbit into an enclosure. The joy of this trap is that its reset its self. The main downfall of using pits is that it needs to be buried in the ground and in the correct place (normally under a fence to look like an easy path in and out).

With the possibility to catch a massive amount of rabbits with very little need to check more then once a day, pits can be a massive aid to farmers or large land owners. Just make sure you do your research and are willing to pay!


Many traps are illegal. Traps that cause harm such as the gin trap have been restricted and should no longer be used, ever. A general rule of thumb, if it causes blood, do not use it!

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