The Top 5 Best Animal Traps for Effective Pest Control

No matter where you reside, urban or rural, wild animals may invade your property. Regrettably, some of these creatures, such as raccoons, feral cats, and opossums, can turn into pests by rummaging through trash cans or ruining your lawn. If you wish to eliminate these uninvited guests, an animal trap is necessary. The advantage of many of these traps is that they are user-friendly, harmless to humans, and compassionate towards animals.

Havahart 1089 Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage


– Can trap adult raccoons due to its long size

– Spring-loaded door prevents bait from being stolen

– Small wire gauge protects hands and fingers

– Can be collapsed for easy storage

– Can withstand various weather conditions


– May be challenging to bait for inexperienced users

– Larger raccoons may cause damage to the cage

The Havahart 1089 Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage is a sturdy trap that can capture full-sized raccoons and other wildlife. Its 32-inch length and galvanized steel gauge ensure that the animal’s paws are kept inside the cage. Additionally, the handle provides extra protection for users. The cage is reinforced to prevent injury to trapped animals and has a sensitive trigger and spring-loaded door for easy use. The single entrance and bait placement increase the likelihood of catching the raccoon. However, inexperienced users may find it difficult to bait the cage, and larger raccoons may damage it during capture.

Duke Traps Heavy Duty X-Large Cage Trap: The Best Heavy Duty Raccoon Trap

Product Description:

Material: Made of durable alloy steel

Size: X-Large

Item Weight: ‎0.05 Pounds

Item Dimensions LxWxH: 36 x 14 x 15 inches

Target Species: Raccoons, Foxes, and Cats

The X-Large trap is a heavy-duty option that tops my personal list for raccoon trapping. It’s not just a snare but a complete “prison cell” that any mischievous critter won’t be able to escape from. The trap’s narrow mesh is made from stainless steel, making it less likely to bend or break than aluminum wire traps. This makes it ideal for catching wild, adult raccoons that can weigh up to 35-40 lbs.

While the X-Large trap may be more expensive than other options, its reliable construction and ability to detain large animals make it worth the investment. However, the trigger mechanism may not react to smaller animals, so there is an 85% chance that the trap may fail if a baby raccoon is exploring your property.

Overall, I am satisfied with the X-Large trap’s reliability and size, which ensures that animals cannot escape. However, be sure to double-check that the small bait door on top of the cage is securely locked before beginning your raccoon trapping operation.


– Reliable construction

– Cannot be escaped from

– Heavy-duty alloy

– Additional bait door

– Fits large animals


– Trigger doesn’t react to smaller critters.

Big Live Cage-Type Raccoon Traps 12”-15”

The top two live animal traps on the market are the OxGord Live Animal Trap 12″ and the Havahart 1081 Live Animal 15″. These traps are bestsellers and are ideal for catching raccoons, small dogs, foxes, and other similarly-sized animals.

Both traps have cells that are small enough to prevent animals from escaping or stealing bait. They are also made of durable stainless steel, with the Havahart 1081 being manufactured from galvanized steel for added longevity.

The traps feature top handles that are protected by metal plates, and they can be secured to the ground with metal straps to prevent animals from rolling them over. The door springs and sensitive triggers ensure that the door shuts quickly, but the smooth interior of the cells ensures that animals are not harmed.

The OxGord trap has inward-bent and welded rods on its floor to prevent trapped animals from attacking the bars and trying to escape. However, the Havahart 1081 is slightly larger and more expensive, and features a rod outside of the cell to prevent animals from bending it.

One downside of the OxGord trap is its solid metal door, which some animals may be hesitant to enter. Additionally, it may not be effective for larger animals like raccoons, foxes, or dogs, as they may be able to squeeze the door open and escape with an injury.

It is important to note that both traps are supplied disassembled, which may be inconvenient for some buyers. It is up to the individual to decide whether they prefer to assemble and transport the trap themselves or purchase a ready-to-use one.

Mice Cube Reusable Humane Mouse Trap

The Mice Cube Reusable Humane Mouse Trap comes in packs of four and is designed to be safe, clean, silent, and reusable. Equipped with a one-way swinging door, it securely holds mice until they can be released. Made of molded plastic, the doors swing freely in one direction and have small holes to allow the scent of the bait to attract mice. Once inside, the lightweight door prevents escape. To use the trap, spread peanut butter on a cracker and place it at the far end of the trap. You can also spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the swing door to enhance the scent. Place the trap along a wall or in areas with mouse droppings and check it daily. Release the mouse within 24 hours to ensure its survival. A reviewer tested the traps in a cold environment and was able to capture four out of five mice. He provided a warm place for them to sleep, clean water, and unlimited food to keep them safe and alive. The traps worked as advertised, and he plans to use them regularly.

Neocraft 40050 2 Piece Animal Trap

The patented design of this option makes trapping pests a breeze with its simple one-handed operation. Its unique design ensures the safety of both the animal and trapper, with a protective handle that guards against scratches and bites during transportation of the raccoon. The front handle of the trap allows for easy release of the animal with just one hand. The 2 pack value set includes two traps, one measuring 24” and the other 32”, making it versatile for catching small to medium-sized animals. Additionally, Neocraft has equipped both models with a rugged steel body that is covered with a grey hammertone powder-coat finish for durability and rust prevention.


The manufacturer offers a 5-year guarantee, ensuring the quality and reliability of the product.

The value set includes 2 traps for small and medium-sized animals, making it versatile for all pest types.

The top handle is secured and covered for added safety during transportation.

The patented design and one-handed operation make it easy to use.


Some reviews mention that the locking mechanism may not be foolproof, as smart raccoons can figure out how to escape.


Size of Trap

Choosing the right size trap is crucial to catching your target animal. Just like with shoes, the wrong size will render the trap useless. If the trap is too small, the animal won’t attempt to enter it, regardless of the bait. If it’s too big, the animal may be able to escape before the door closes. It’s important to research the average size of the animal in your area before purchasing a trap.

Exceptions for Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are unique in that they prefer enclosed spaces. Their poor eyesight makes them comfortable in tight spaces where their whiskers can touch the walls. However, their ability to fit through small openings means the mesh of the trap should be too small for their head to fit through.

Hand Protection

Trapped animals can be unpredictable and dangerous, so it’s important to have solid metal plate guards around the carrying handle and door latches to prevent bites and scratches. Be prepared for animals to be fearful or aggressive when approached.

Closure Speed

Rust and metal burrs can affect how quickly the trap closes. Examine the door mechanism and remove any burrs or protrusions that could hinder the door’s movement. Lightly apply sewing machine oil to the moving parts, but avoid using vegetable oil as it may attract animals to lick the door.


The location of the trap is key to catching the animal. For rats and mice, place the trap flush against a wall where they are likely to run. For raccoons, place the trap near trash cans. For other animals, place the trap in areas where they have been foraging, but not out in the open.


Q: What is irresistible to raccoons?

A: Raccoons love fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, marshmallows, bacon, cat food, fish, birdseed, and canned tuna.

Q: What food do raccoons like the most?

A: Raccoons have a sweet tooth and are attracted to sugary foods like marshmallows, but they also love savory snacks like bacon, cat food, and fish.

Q: How do I permanently get rid of raccoons?

A: The best way to get rid of raccoons is to trap them using the above bait suggestions. Once trapped, relocate them to a more suitable habitat or contact your local wildlife removal specialists for assistance. It’s also important to take steps to prevent future infestations by sealing up any entry

Q: Will peanut butter attract raccoons?

A: Yes, peanut butter is one of the most effective baits for trapping raccoons. Make sure to use smooth, creamy peanut butter and place it in a shallow dish or directly on the floor of the trap. The scent of the peanut butter should be enough to attract these animals from far distances. Additionally, add a few marshmallows for an extra sweet smell. These two ingredients together are sure to attract raccoons!

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