Live traps are an effective way to capture small animals like squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. If you’re looking to humanely capture a wild animal, a live trap is the way to go. Here’s how to make one.
First, you’ll need to gather the materials. You’ll need a wire mesh, some type of bait, a trigger, and something to use as a weight. For the wire mesh, you can use chicken wire, hardware cloth, or even a wire laundry basket with the sides cut off. Bait can be anything that would be attractive to the animal you’re trying to capture, such as bird seed, peanut butter, or even a piece of fruit. The trigger can be a bent piece of wire or a stick. And finally, the weight can be something like a rock or a small bag of sand.
Once you’ve got all the materials, it’s time to build the trap. Start by cutting the wire mesh into a long rectangle. Then, form the rectangle into a cylinder shape and secure the edges with wire or zip ties. Next, make a circular opening for the animals to enter. This opening should be a few inches smaller than the animal you’re trying to catch. Then, attach the trigger to the inside of the opening. The trigger should be secured so that it’s just barely touching the inside of the opening.
Next, attach the bait to the trigger. Make sure the bait is firmly attached so that when the animal pushes on the bait, the trigger will be released. Then, attach the weight to the opposite side of the trigger. This will ensure that the trap will close when the trigger is released. Finally, place the trap in a location where the animal you’re trying to catch is likely to be. Make sure to check the trap regularly to ensure that no animals have been trapped for too long.
Making a live trap is a simple and effective way to humanely capture small animals. All you need are a few materials and some basic knowledge and you’ll be able to make a trap in no time. Just remember to check the trap regularly and to only use bait that is appropriate for the animal you’re trying to catch.
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