Nutria are an invasive species that have spread to over 18 U.S. states. These aggressive rodents can give birth to close to 30 young per year and are known to destroy native habitats by feeding on roots, shoots, leaves, and tubers. Remove dangerous nutria the safe and easy way with a Havahart® live nutria trap!
Nutria are large semi-aquatic rodents that respond destructively when cornered. That’s why when trapping nutria you need to be certain of the durability and effectiveness of your trap. Havahart® traps are made in the USA out of galvanized steel and are specifically designed to be large enough and secure enough to trap nutria.
You can choose between our easy-to-use line of Easy Set® nutria traps which feature our 1-Step Easy Set® Lever—perfect for quick and efficient setting of the trap—or our traditional line of traps that allow you to fine-tune the sensitivity of the trigger.
No matter which line of trap you choose, you’ll receive rust-resistant galvanized steel (for extended trap life), a 1-year warranty, and the consumer trust that comes with a name like Havahart®. Since 1940, Havahart® has provided animal traps and repellents to consumers all over the world.
When trapping nutria, check with your local municipality or state wildlife agency for specific wildlife laws and regulations.
How Do I Catch Nutria in a Live Trap?
Bait the Havahart® trap with watermelon rind, apple, carrot, or sweet potato—all favorites of the coypu (Myocastor coypus), otherwise known as the nutria. Once you have placed the bait, locate the Havahart® nutria trap beside the waterway or area where you’ve seen nutria activity. Check the trap frequently to ensure that no other wild animal has stumbled its way inside. You’ll have trapped nutria ready to be removed in no time!
Why are Nutria Problem Animals?
Nutria are similar to muskrats in build, and are vicious when they feel threatened. Curious dogs and naïve children who encounter nutria run the risk of being the target of a rather violent attack—nutria teeth are made for chewing through dirt and roots and can cause serious harm. Such attacks can also spread a bacterial disease known as tularemia, which often results in flu-like symptoms for people, and often death for other animals.
Not only do nutria have the propensity for attacking pets and any humans who pose a threat, but nutria also inadvertently destroy native wildlife and habitats. Nutria tend to eat the roots of plants, a seemingly innocuous pursuit, but these roots hold together marsh lands and wetlands as well as dams, river banks, berms, and dykes. When the roots are no longer there to hold the ground together, erosion can occur. This erosion results in loss of habitat for many native aquatic or near-aquatic species, causing increased competition for dwindling natural resources.
Farmers report that nutria also enjoy taking up residence in drainage ditches—their activity reduces the structural integrity of these ditches and can cause significant damage to crops and farmland from water run-off.