Best Groundhog Traps

9 minutes to read | Updated for 2018

Known as the largest rodent in the squirrel family, groundhogs have a knack for burrowing and causing damage.

The damage they are capable of causing extends to agricultural structures and residential developments. Their burrows can affect building foundations, and their eating habits can be a pain to gardeners.

Additional signs of damage can drive you crazy, but you don’t have to put up with groundhog damage—you can do something about it! We understand how heartbreaking a destroyed garden can be, and no one wants to hear that their home’s structural integrity has been compromised.

That’s why we have put together a list of our favorite groundhog traps. Including an overview and rating of each, we want to help you solve your groundhog problem. Read on to learn more.

Professional Humane Live Animal Trap 28"X12"X12" Catch Release Cage for Large Nuisance Rodents...
Havahart 1089  Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage Trap for Raccoon, Stray Cat,  Groundhog,...
Havahart 1045 Live Animal Two-Door Raccoon, Stray Cat, Opossum, and Groundhog Cage Trap
Duke DP Coon Trap
Victor Easy Set Gopher Trap Twin-Pack 0611 - Weather - Resistant
Professional Humane Live Animal Trap 28"X12"X12" Catch Release Cage for Large Nuisance Rodents...
Havahart 1089 Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage Trap for Raccoon, Stray Cat, Groundhog,...
Havahart 1045 Live Animal Two-Door Raccoon, Stray Cat, Opossum, and Groundhog Cage Trap
Duke DP Coon Trap
Victor Easy Set Gopher Trap Twin-Pack 0611 - Weather - Resistant
Best For
Best Overall
Best Single Door
Best Double Door
Best Chain Trap
Best Spring Trap
Pricing
$57.99
$60.55
$60.98
$17.93
$10.95
Our Verdict
Our favorite live animal trap, this cage is very durable, highly effective, and reusable. Easy to set and easily triggered, this trap will ensure you catch groundhogs without harming them.
A great runner-up in our favorite cage traps, the Havahart trap is made by a trusted name in humane wildlife control. While we like the trap’s design, its durability has been in question.
Like the single-door version, this Havahart cage is easy to use and has a well-known name. It features two doors for a greater chance of catching rodents, but it isn’t as durable as other cages.
A more affordable solution, this coon trap is highly effective in catching large rodents. The only downside is that it is not catch and release; you will need your own method of ending the groundhog’s life.
A larger take on the classic snap trap, these gopher traps come pre-assembled and are easy to use. We love the price, but we don’t love the mess you’ll have to deal with after.
Professional Humane Live Animal Trap 28"X12"X12" Catch Release Cage for Large Nuisance Rodents...
Professional Humane Live Animal Trap 28"X12"X12" Catch Release Cage for Large Nuisance Rodents...
Best For
Best Overall
Pricing
$57.99
Our Verdict
Our favorite live animal trap, this cage is very durable, highly effective, and reusable. Easy to set and easily triggered, this trap will ensure you catch groundhogs without harming them.
Havahart 1089  Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage Trap for Raccoon, Stray Cat,  Groundhog,...
Havahart 1089 Collapsible One-Door Live Animal Cage Trap for Raccoon, Stray Cat, Groundhog,...
Best For
Best Single Door
Pricing
$60.55
Our Verdict
A great runner-up in our favorite cage traps, the Havahart trap is made by a trusted name in humane wildlife control. While we like the trap’s design, its durability has been in question.
Havahart 1045 Live Animal Two-Door Raccoon, Stray Cat, Opossum, and Groundhog Cage Trap
Havahart 1045 Live Animal Two-Door Raccoon, Stray Cat, Opossum, and Groundhog Cage Trap
Best For
Best Double Door
Pricing
$60.98
Our Verdict
Like the single-door version, this Havahart cage is easy to use and has a well-known name. It features two doors for a greater chance of catching rodents, but it isn’t as durable as other cages.
Duke DP Coon Trap
Duke DP Coon Trap
Best For
Best Chain Trap
Pricing
$17.93
Our Verdict
A more affordable solution, this coon trap is highly effective in catching large rodents. The only downside is that it is not catch and release; you will need your own method of ending the groundhog’s life.
Victor Easy Set Gopher Trap Twin-Pack 0611 - Weather - Resistant
Victor Easy Set Gopher Trap Twin-Pack 0611 - Weather - Resistant
Best For
Best Spring Trap
Pricing
$10.95
Our Verdict
A larger take on the classic snap trap, these gopher traps come pre-assembled and are easy to use. We love the price, but we don’t love the mess you’ll have to deal with after.

Last update on 2018-08-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Product Features

  • 28” x 12” x 12”
  • Designed for large animals
  • Reusable
  • Made from rust-resistant wire mesh and galvanized steel reinforcements
  • Rear-door bait placement

PRO

  • Heavy-duty and durable
  • Easy assembly
  • Smaller openings to control stolen bait
  • Prevents escapes
  • Spring-loaded door
  • Sensitive triggers
  • Handle guard protects user
  • Smooth internal edges protect animal
  • Humane

CON

  • Higher price point

Product Features

  • 32” x 10” x 11.63”
  • One spring-loaded door
  • Made in the USA
  • Made from wire mesh and galvanized steel

PRO

  • Easy to use
  • Safe for groundhogs
  • Collapsible for storage
  • Animal damage-resistant
  • Large size for larger animals
  • Sensitive trigger
  • Large handle guard
  • Smooth internal edges

CON

  • Construction not as solid and durable as other cages
  • Higher price point

Product Features

  • Two spring-loaded doors
  • 10” x 12” x 36”
  • Made in the US
  • Made from 12-gauge wire mesh and galvanized steel

PRO

  • Sensitive triggers
  • Rust-resistant materials
  • Two doors for easy entrance
  • Smaller openings to prevent stolen bait
  • Easy to set up
  • Does not harm animals
  • Large enough for groundhogs

CON

  • Higher price point
  • Not as durable as other traps

Product Features

  • 8” x 4” x 2”
  • Set up at 45-degree angle
  • 13.6 ounces

PRO

  • Affordable
  • Humane
  • Safe to use
  • Dog-proof
  • Rust Resistant
  • Effective

CON

  • May hurt animals
  • Tricky to set up without tools
  • Not catch and release

Product Features

  • Available in packs of 1, 2, and 4
  • Made from galvanized steel
  • Fully assembled
  • Best when two traps placed back to back

PRO

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Made specifically for tunnels and burrows
  • Superior strength
  • Highly durable
  • Safe
  • Use in all soil types
  • Affordable price

CON

  • Non-humane
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