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Choose a weasel trap

The weasel is an animal that can make your life miserable, especially if it has decided to settle in your home. That's why it's important to be able to equip yourself to deal with the damage they can cause, so find the ideal weasel trap on our website.

A look at this mustelid

The weasel is classified as a category 2 damage-causing species. This means that this animal has been placed within it by ministerial decree on the proposal of the prefect and after the opinion of the departmental hunting and wildlife commission.

It is therefore important to contact your hunting federation to find out if this animal is considered a nuisance in your department or not. 

How to recognize it

The weasel has a slender, elongated body, short legs and a long, bushy tail. Its coat is grey-brown with white or greyish padding. A white bib is found under the throat, the weasel extends over the chest and the top of the legs. The weasel's pads are hairless, unlike the marten's. 

Size

Its height is about 50 centimetres. The tail is about 26 cm long. The weight of the female is between 1 and 1.6 kg. The male weighs between 1.7 and 3.1 kilograms.

Habitat

The weasel likes rocky terrain, quarries, cultivated countryside, gardens of abandoned houses, hamlets, towns, villages and generally close to houses. It appreciates the thermal insulation of buildings. This is why our weasel traps can be set anywhere. 

Its way of life

Weasels are mainly nocturnal. They defend their territory but climb less easily than martens. During the rut, the weasel is capable of frantic sarabandes.

Its diet

They are almost exclusively carnivorous. The weasel can eat small mammals up to the size of a rabbit. It likes chickens and eggs. It can devastate a henhouse, as it is excited by the panic of the hens and kills everything that moves. This animal also likes fruit and can scavenge.

Its reproduction

The weasel's rut takes place in June but, like the marten, gestation is delayed and 2 to 5 young are not born until April of the following year. Its life expectancy is 3 to 5 years. 

The main predators of the weasel are the fox, badger or the eagle owl.

A non-exhaustive list of its damage

The weasel is a carnivorous mammal that does not hesitate to attack small defenceless animals, such as chickens, ducks, rabbits or birds. It is sometimes necessary to have a weasel trap to avoid this. Weasels are notorious for the havoc they wreak on poultry houses, rarely leaving a hen alive.

But that's not all, if this mustelid is classified as a "nuisance", it is also because of the material damage it can commit: destruction of electrical cables / cars, destruction of glass wool...

Not to mention the noise nuisance if this animal lives within your walls as well as the olfactory nuisance caused by its droppings. 

Find the right weasel trap

There are different traps adapted to the trapping of this animal, from the simple trap cage to the "conibear" (in X) which requires training.

The fawn box 

This is the most classic, accessible to all. For a weasel, there is no need to choose a large model, thus offering you the possibility of placing it in many places. 

The Jardinet cage

Hénon is the first manufacturer of this trap! This cage trap is reminiscent of the fawn box, but the mechanism is slightly different, with a large opening to reduce the animal's distrust when it is in front of it. 

The X-trap

This is a fearsome and lethal trap. To use it, you must normally be a licensed trapper. For this mammal, it is recommended to use a 13x13 double spring. 

The C910 trap

Just like the previous one, the C910 is also lethal. The difference is that it is not in the form of an "X", but of a cage. You also need to be a licensed trapper. 

But where to place your trap?

There are many places to place it. The smaller it is, the more you can place it in places that are normally difficult to access. 

Generally, a weasel trap is placed in :

Attics

Chests

Tiles

Storage rooms

Gutters

Etc...

Find out more about this animal on the blog: hunter's journal!