A few turtles can benefit the ecosystem in your pond, feeding on dead organisms and helping keep the pond clean. However, too many turtles can become a nuisance, especially if they are feasting on your stock of fish. Homemade turtle traps can be used to capture the turtles and relocate them to another body of water. A simple turtle trap is made with a wood frame and ramp. When the turtle climbs up the ramp and across a board balanced on a metal rod, it tips and the turtle falls into the box.
Cut a 2x6-inch board into four 2-foot lengths for the frame, a 1-foot length for the ramp and a 6-inch piece for the teeter board.
Join the four 2-foot-long boards together into a square frame with two deck screws at each corner.
Staple a 4x4-foot piece of chicken wire to the bottom of the frame.
Lay the 1-foot board at an angle from the top edge of the frame to form a ramp and fasten with two screws at the top.
Make two holes to hold the ends of the metal rod that supports the teeter board that will tip when the turtle walks to the end of it. Measure 3 inches from the side with the ramp and drill a hole near the top edge. Repeat on the opposite side.
Measure 3 inches from the end and drill a slightly wider hole through the width of the 6-inch teeter board.
Slide a metal rod through the hole in one side of the frame, through the hole in the teeter board and then the hole in the other side of the frame. The rod should be a snug fit in the holes on the frame.
Rest the end of the 6-inch board on the edge of the frame so it lines up with the top of the ramp.
Create a platform in the center of the trap for the bait. Bend a piece of chicken wire into a tower that measures 6 inches tall and extends out of the water. Attach the tower to the chicken wire in the bottom of the trap with wire.
Drive nails into the frame along its top edge about every 2 inches. The nails should be slanted upwards to keep the turtles from escaping.
Place the trap in shallow water with the nails 2 inches above the water line. Placement is essential so that the turtles can still breath when they become trapped.
Tie fresh fish or other meat to the tower in the center of the turtle trap.