How to Bait a Rabbit Trap

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Items you will need

  • Apple

  • Apple cider

  • Tomato

  • Lettuce, cabbage, or other green vegetables

  • Peanut butter

  • Rabbit food

Rabbits seem like cute and harmless furballs until they begin destroying your lawns and gardens. A single rabbit can ruin a small garden if it is allowed to feed unimpeded, so it is wise to remove the problem before it gets worse (rabbits reproduce at a rapid pace). The best and most humane way to get rid of one rabbit is by using a box trap with bait it can't resist. Once you've trapped the rabbit, take it to a place far from your property and release it.

    Peel the large outer leaves off a head of lettuce or cabbage and use it as a plate for the other bait.

    Chop an apple and tomato into quarters and put it on top of the lettuce and cabbage leaves. Apples and tomatoes have strong scents capable of luring rabbits.

    Add a spoonful of peanut butter and rabbit food from a pet store to the top of the mix. This is an added treat a rabbit won't be able to refuse.

    Put the bait in the back of the rabbit trap to ensure the rabbit enters and trips the switch that causes the door to close behind it.

    Pour apple cider around the immediate area of the trap to draw the rabbit toward the bait.

    Check the trap often and replace the bait when it begins to rot or give off a bad scent, as it may attract raccoons or opossums, which are more difficult to get rid of than rabbits because they can attack when they're released from the trap.

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