How to Trap A Rabbit? Best Bait and Rabbit Trapping Tips

How to Trap A Rabbit

Rabbits are super cute and cuddly lagomorphs that freely hop around, and enjoy their solitude, or the company of other rabbits. But they can also cause several significant problems to your home and garden.

The way to trap a rabbit in your yard is to:

  • Decide on your trap style
  • Designate a trap location
  • Bait your trap well
  • Completely setup your trap
  • Once the rabbit is caught, either relocate it, (check your state laws to see if it’s legal) or call Animal Control for pick up and transportation from your property.

Whether it’s on a personal level, or a nationwide agriculture cause, knowing how to trap a rabbit is vital to producing quality crops and land for both rabbits and humans to thrive.

How to Trap a Rabbit (Step-by-Step Guide)

Pick Your Yrap

The purpose of the trap is to immobilize the rabbit from hopping into unwarranted areas of your home. There are three types of traps to choose from.

  • Snare: a wired or plastic wire that wraps around the rabbits neck or body
  • Body Grip: a flat cage that snaps close when the trigger is stepped on. As the name suggests, it grips the body until it crushes its targets.
  • Live Traps: cages with simple trigger that only closes the door of the cage, encasing the animal. It can be either one-door or two-door styled.

Pick Your Trap Locations

Rabbits travel along perimeters or transitional areas where there is plenty of shrubs and bushes to cover themselves. Best places are:

  • Hedges
  • Bushes
  • Tree lines
  • Shrubs
  • Wood piles
  • Natural debris piles
  • Tall grass

Select and Position the Bait

The type of bait, and placement of it, is extremely important for successfully luring the rabbit into the cage.

  • Choose your bait (either fruits, vegetables or plants)
  • Place the bait near the trap trigger; position the bait to where the rabbit will be fully enclosed by the time it reaches it.

Set the Trap

  • Follow the specific cage instructions for the trap you chose
  • Remember to set the trap along covered areas of your yard, or a couple of feet away from their warren (rabbit hole)
  • Camouflage the cage with leaves and sticks

Check the Trap Often

  • Check about every couple of hours for successful rabbit capture.

Relocate the Rabbit

  • If your law permits, place the rabbit at least five miles away from your home
  • Best place is a woodland area with plenty of food and protective coverage
  • After release, disinfect the cage to reduce bacteria and viruses, as well as various scents

Pit Trap

Bonus! You can easily create a “pit trap.” A simple and natural way of capture a rabbit!

  1. Locate the areas of rabbit activity (i.e. half-eaten food, droppings, or dens)
  2. Dig a narrow hole a couple of feet away from the entrance of their den. Make the hole about four feet deep so that the rabbit cannot jump out.
  3. Cover the top of the trap with foliage (plant leaves) and sticks to camouflage it into the natural environment.
  4. Place bait in the center of the pit trap. Fruits and vegetables will serve you well.
  5. Great! You’ve caught the rabbit! Now scoop it out and place it in a cage to easily transport it.
  6. Refill the pit hole with dirt.

A pit trap is my favorite option because it’s cost-effective and easy to understand and execute!

Best Bait for Trapping Rabbits

Fruits

  • Apples: An old standby. Slice them up and skewer the chunks on a stick above your trap.
  • Bananas: Rabbits go bananas for this fruit. The smell really appeals to them.
  • Grapes: Whole or cut in half, grapes are a sugary treat rabbits love.
  • Berries: Rabbits enjoy all types of berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Melons: Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are sweet treats for rabbits.

Vegetables

Like fruits, rabbits are programmed to seek out vegetable matter. Some excellent veggie baits include:

  • Carrots: An absolute classic. Every bunny loves carrots.
  • Lettuce/Spinach: Leafy greens contain nutrition rabbits crave.
  • Broccoli Florets: The small bite-sized florets work perfectly in traps.
  • Corn: Kernels or pieces of corn on the cob attract nearby rabbits.
  • Sweet Potatoes: A favorite of wild and domesticated rabbits alike.

Grains

Seeds and grains are another top bait category as rabbits naturally forage for these foods. Try these:

  • Oats: Add some rolled or whole oats into your trap.
  • Wheat Berries: These crunchy wheat kernels appeal to rabbits.
  • Barley: An easily obtainable grain that rabbits find tasty.
  • Milo: This is a commercial seed mix combining grains like millet and sorghum.
  • Bird Seed: An seed and grain blend that rabbits love to munch on.

Rabbit Trapping Tips

Tapping a rabbit is fairly simple because of their natural nature to be nice and avoidant. When attempting to cage or capture a rabbit, it is best to take this advice into consideration:

  • The metal from the cage can create a glare, which could deter the rabbit from it, so cover it up with leaves, sticks, and other natural debris. Be sure that it doesn’t block the mechanism button or the cage door.
  • Place the trap on a leveled surface for stability. Place something heavy like a brick or tree log on top of the cage to prevent it from being tipped over by the elements, or another animal.
  • Wear heavy-duty cloves to reduce the transfer of scents and bodily fluids like saliva or blood, that could transfer diseases.
  • Do not keep the trapped rabbit as a pet (no matter how cute it looks!) Since it is a wild animal, it could carry a disease or two.
  • Both the snare and body grip traps are lethal; meaning that they are meant to kill the rabbit. If you want to keep the rabbit alive, then a live trap is your best choice.
  • Approach the trap peacefully to keep the animal calm, and for a smooth riddance of your rabbit problem.

Can You Get Diseases From Rabbits?

Yes, you can diseases from rabbits. Most household pets are recommended to receive vaccinations, and have less of a chance of spreading a disease than a wild rabbit. But free-range rabbits may transfer a disease if it pierces your skin with its sharp bite.

Despite their attractive looks, you can receive numerous diseases from rabbits. The most prevalent rabbit diseases that are spread from rabbit to people include:

  • Pasteurella multocida: a bacterium that causes localized inflammation and abscess, that can lead to infection.
  • Ringworm: a fungal infection transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected animal.
  • Cheyletiella parasitovorax: tiny “skin mites” that hop from the rabbit to your skin through the direct handling of the infected animal, and causes dermatitis (skin inflammation)
  • Cryptosporidiosis: an intestinal infection that is acquired by handling or ingesting the fecal matter the rabbit. Fittingly, it causes diarrhea in the rabbit, as well as the handler.
  • Tularemia: also called “rabbit fever;” it spreads via direct contact with the rabbit, or a skin-piercing bite from the animal. This disease is highly contagious, and possibly fatal if not taken care of as soon as possible.
  • Myxomatosis: transferred by a bite that comes into contact with blood and cause potentially fatal inflammation.

Thankfully, most of these bactriums and diseases can be cured with a range of antibiotics. So if you are bitten by a rabbit while catching it, after it’s safely relocated off of your property, seek immediate medical care.

How Do You Keep Rabbits Away Naturally?

I found several organic deterrents for rabbits that you can feel good about using to keep them away. Natural rabbit repellents include plants or fragrances that are super smelly, or super spicy, or placing a fence around what you want protected.

These options are safe for the rabbit, but more importantly, it’s safe for your garden, pets, and yourself! Let’s see what we have here.

Plants

These plants carry a pungent scent that is too strong for the rabbit to handle, or are considered poisonous to them; either way, they’re all natural! Here are some plants and vegetation that rabbits hate:

  • Herbs: basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, oregano
  • Vegetables: leeks, asparagus, rhubarb, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, onions
  • Flowers: vincas, cleomes, wax begonias, geraniums

Try planting these delicious repellents next to your garden, and day-by-day, you should see less rabbit activity in those areas.

Fencing

General consensus shows that fencing is the most effective choice for keeping rabbits out of your yard or garden. Because of the physical challenges that come with trying to outsmart a fence, the rabbit will soon give up, and aim for an easier target.

Try this:

  • Set up the fence to completely surround your designated area(s)
  • Use metal posts to anchor into the ground
  • Use metal wire to wrap around the post
    1. Hardware cloth measured at ½ inch is the prime metal to use
    2. Wire mesh (chicken wire) is too thin, and can be chewed through
  • Wrap the wire around the post, and use metal clips to make sure it’s secure

The fence should stand two-to-three feet high, depending on the type of rabbit you have and how high it can jump.

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