Animal Traps: 13 choices

A bear trap for colorblind huge bears


The many brands of traps available will boggle your mind. But the basic traps fall into these categories.

Some traps are for specific animal and some traps can be used for many different animals.

A squirrel caught in a live trap


Kill Traps: Some traps are designed to kill the animal fast, others do it slowly and are considered by some to be inhumane.

Live Traps or Humane Traps: Other traps are humane and are called live traps because they allow you to relocate the pest or take the live animal to the animal control officer to do with it as they wish...out of your sight.

  1. Leg Hold Trap: A live trap that restrains the animal.
  2. Body Grip Trap: A kill trap that crushes the neck of the animal.
  3. Closed Box Trap: A live trap. Same options as open box traps but with solid sides.
 4. Open Box Trap: A live trap. Wire mesh. Single Door or Double Door or Door on Top; You can get dividers and covers for transport. Small, Medium and Large and Huge sizes. Also special designs for birds.
  5. Snare Trap: A live trap that restrains the animal.
  6. Spear/Scissor Trap: A kill trap for moles.

A Moletrap like this always kills the mole


  7. Barrel Trap: A live trap. Small for skunks to large for bear. Solid sides.
  8. Suit Case Trap: A kill trap. Used for water animals.
  9. Net Trap: A live trap. Many different kinds.
10. Snap Trap: A kill trap. Small for mice and large for rats.
11. Bucket Trap: A kill trap. Fill container with oil or water 1/2 full, the animal jumps in and drowns.

12. Dead Fall Trap: A kill trap. A tree or rock is set up to fall on the animal.

13. Sticky Traps: A live trap. Glue traps or sticky traps detain the animal for you so you can solve your problem.



Insect Traps: 7 kinds

Sticky or glue insect trap in greenhouse


Insect traps come in many different styles.
Most of us are familiar with the ZAP...ZAP...Zap sound that electrified insect traps make as they kill mosquitoes and any other insect that flies into it. Yes that trap your next door neighbor leaves on all night and keeps you awake.

We have listed the choices you have for trapping insects.

1. STICKY TRAPS: These are those usually yellow traps that have a pheromone (sex smell) in them that attracts the insect and it gets stuck. But there are also fly traps that are sticky. You see them hanging from the ceiling in a shed at about 1 inch wide or in a barn where they are 6 inches wide. And of course there is the proverbial "fly paper" that you see in the cartoons and does the same thing in our real world. For the DIY crowd, you can buy the sticky stuff as a liquid and make your own trap...just as big as you want to catch whatever you want.

2. ELECTRIC TRAPS: Bug zappers. Attracted by ultraviolet lights usually they just kill whatever fly's into it.

Glass bottle wasp and Japanese Beetle catchers in garden


3. BOTTLE OR CONTAINER TRAPS: These traps are similar to the traps you buy for Japanese Beetles or for wasps.

4. NET TRAPS: Very efficient when placed in a insect flyway. In fact, scientists use net traps to catch their specimens for study as is shown in this picture. They are also used to catch birds.

Flying insect trap used by researchers to catch samples


5. BARRIER TAPE TRAPS: Tape, sticky or not, is placed around or along something to stop the advance of an insect such as used to stop Gypsy Moths from climbing back up into the trees to feed.

6. CONTAINER TRAPS: Any container filled with a fluid such as a saucer with beer at ground level to attract slugs.

7. VACUUM TRAPS: Your vacuum cleaner is a trap for insects...a very good one in fact.

FREE Traps for Pests


Free traps date back in time...way way back. Out is the wild man needed to trap animals to survive each day and used trapping as one of his ways of securing food.

So it follows that if you don't have any money but need to catch and get rid of a pest, some of these natural constructed traps are right for you.

Basic Snatch Traps Catch Them

More Basic Free Traps

Lever trap gets pests quick

Noose Trap Placed In Burrow




Duct Tape Pest Control

Duck Tape or Duct Tape or Gray Sticky Tape are all the same thing. DuctTape

Everyone knows what it is.

You can buy duct tape in Walmart in pretty colors, or duck tape in hunters camouflage, or duct tape in aluminum for planes, or duck tape in large widths to repair crashed NASCAR race car bodies.

There are duct tape contests after duck tape contests where college students try to invent the newest best creative use of duck tape.

So how does one use duct tape during pest control?

  • To hold the sign is one example.PestControlSign
  • If you catch a gator...tape his mouth shut with duck tape so he can't eat you for lunch.
  • If you live trap any animal with legs, wrap the legs in duct tape so he can not run away or thrash you to pieces with his hoofs or feet.
  • If you have a dead animal you can wrap it in duck tape, make a carrying handle, and carry it away long as it isn't too big a pest.
  • If you double duct tape over and place it down so the sticky side is up, birds...especially those pesky pigeons, will avoid that landing place for sure.
  • For the tiny crawling pest, like little snakes or bugs, or caterpillars, the pest can get stuck and then he expires...but it can't be cheap duct must be the military grade duct tape with aircraft type adhesive qualities.
  • And there are many more, probably an infinite number of covering a live trap cage with duck tape so the skunk can't see you and spray you. Or you could line the bottom of a live trap cage so that the urine and other stuff that is scared out of your trapped prey...doesn't soil the floor of you car as you drive to the place to set the pesky one free.

The fun is to think about the different uses of duct tape.

To dream up more uses of duct tape
with spiders to coyotes,
just CLICK on NEXT
and figure out another use for duct tape.