Are rabbits or other small animals feasting on your garden? Try this effective and easy to make animal trap. You probably have everything you need already, and you can make it in about an hour.
Step 1: How it works
This is basically the old fashioned bait-string-stick box trap, but with a couple of modifications to make it easier to trip. The bait is tied to the middle of the string, not the end, this gives some mechanical advantage, a small force on the bait creates a larger force on the ends of the string. And, the prop holding up the box is hinged in the middle, so there is no sliding friction to prevent the prop from releasing. As a result it is almost impossible for the animal to touch the bait without springing the trap.
Step 2: Materials
What you need:
1 sturdy box. My city-issued recycle bin was perfect for the job.
Plywood or chipboard (OSB) for the base.
Some scraps of wood for the box hinge (2x4), side rails (1x2), and prop (1x2)
Screws to assemble (for example #8x1" and #8x2" wood screws)
2 hinges, and screws for mounting (for example #8x1/2" wood screws)
1 screw hook
1 clamp-type paper clip
1 small keyring
And, a saw and a screwdriver.
Of course you can improvise with whatever materials you have on hand.