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Why You Should Never Use Glue Traps for Catching Mice?

Sticky traps cause great pain when trapping mice, aren't humane traps, are messy, and can catch other animals too

May 26, 2022

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Yes, rodent invasions can get out of control.

So, using different traps to stop them sounds like the best available option, right?

Nevertheless, glue traps aren’t the answer. While affordable, are among the most inhumane options available to get rid of a rodent problem.

Why do we say this?

Well, let us find out!

Sticky traps cause great pain when trapping mice, aren’t humane traps, are messy, and can catch other animals too.

Here we look at them in more detail and see what other traps are available for your rodent control.

What is Glue Mouse Traps?

There is nothing much about a glue trap. It consists of a sheet of board with an adhesive applied to it. It is a non-toxic glue that does not harm pets or kids.

In addition, the trap is affordable compared to many other mouse traps. Nevertheless, in fact, it is the sticky boards’ only advantage. It is non-toxic and inexpensive.

So Why are Glue Traps Bad?

You can place the trap along a wall or an area where you spot mice.

When the mouse walks over the trap, the glue boards holds the rodent in place.

So, as time passes, the poor animal dies a slow painful death from hunger and thirst. That is why pest extermination services prefer other methods to catch mice.

Okay, now you may think using glue traps are convenient and is a responsible way to trap mice. Still, it is cruelty that no animal deserves to go through. The problem is the mouse remains alive until you decide to remove them.

If you do not check on the trap, the rodent starts to panic and can die of a heart attack.

On the other hand, even worse, the rodent tries to free itself with its mouth, the nose is stuck, and it suffocates. They can even chew their own legs in desperation.

Alternatively, the animal can starve to death or die trying to free itself.

They break their neck when struggling to free themselves, and the glue traps rip patches of skin, mutilating the body parts trying to escape.

So, do you think using a glue trap is humane?

No, we do not think so, especially with other options out there such as live traps and electronic traps.

Other Dangers of Glue Mouse Traps

These glue trap instructions say, “Remove capture mouse humanely and fast.”

Now, how many people will do this?

On the other hand, do you even know how to do it?

The warning on the box even says to keep kids and pets, and other non-target species away from the trap.

Still, there are calls from people saying they found many animals such as birds, frogs, small creatures, and kittens stuck on the glue board.

If you find an animal that is stuck in a glue trap that you want to release, there are some things that you can do. Working cooking oil or baby oil into the area should loosen the glue and allow you to free it.

Glue traps are not an efficient form of pest control.

So how should you dispose of the rodent according to manufacturers?

According to them, consumers should throw away the trap with the animal leaving the poor thing to suffer until they finally die after a few days. You hold the glue trap with the mouse or rat screaming trying to escape.

Hence, do you think it is humane to capture your rodent problem inside or outside the home?

No, we do not think so.

But, that is not all these glue traps that are even dangerous to your health. The fact is that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is against using these traps.

The reason is that trapped animals void their bowels, exposing them to anyone handling the trap resulting in hantavirus (HPS).

Painful deaths aren’t the only concern here. Even if getting rid of animals bodies doesn’t phase you, your risk of getting a virus should.

Other Types of Traps Available

Therefore, instead of using glue traps, there are other options to remove rodents from your home and garden in a humane way.

These traps are known as live traps.

You can catch a live mouse and transport it safely and humanely far away from home to make it animal free.

You can easily set them as they are discreet, and you can use them anywhere.

Then, bait and set the mousetrap. Place your trap where you see the rodent moving around and notice mouse droppings. You can set each trap six feet apart and move them as needed.

Always keep checking the trap to ensure the animal is not without water and food.

Once you have a rodent in the trap, take it to an outdoor location far away from the home and other houses. Then, open the trap and free the animal.

If you’re don’t want to deal with live mice when electronic traps are a great alternative to a sticky adhesive for catching mice.

These traps electrocute a mouse but do so in ways that are very quick. It means that the mouse or other rodents don’t suffer.

Final Thoughts

There are traps out there that are great and highly effective.

Live traps are ideal for those who don’t mind dealing with a live mouse and electronic traps kill mice very quickly and with no prolonged pain.

While these are great solutions, glue traps aren’t. Not only are they cruel but they can be extremely messy and increase your chances of coming into contact with hantavirus.

When you’ve bought and used a high-quality trap then you can use it again until the problem is solved. Then you can take measures to deter mice and make sure they don’t come back into your home.

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