Mice may look cute and fuzzy but their presence means lots of diseases and infections. They are a cause of serious damage – to your property and health. Rats and mice are carriers of many dangerous diseases that spread via their feces and urine. In some rare cases, they can also bite the human beings causing rat fever. Also, they are very smart and can escape traps. A severe mice infestation can be extremely difficult to get rid of.
You don’t have to worry a lot as there are ways to tackle this situation. Glue traps are one of those ways that is gaining huge popularity these days. Let’s know more about these traps and how can they help you…
What are glue traps and how do they work?
Glue traps are one of the ways to control rodents in which a board with adhesive is used to catch mice or rats. All you need to do is to place the traps where the floor meets the wall or where you suspect regular rodent activity. You can check for signs like droppings, gnaw marks, hairs, or any damage. As these glue boards have a low profile, rodent will not be able to sense the danger.
As soon as the rodent will step on it, the glue will make it difficult to escape. Either the rodent will suffocate to death or you can catch it and leave far away from your house. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s a full-proof method to get rid of these tiny pests.
Glue Traps is a Solution but the question is – are mice smart enough to get off the glue traps…?
You must have heard about ‘Glue Traps’ that comes with a strong adhesive substance on the top of them. When a rat or mouse steps on it the adhesive or glue holds them in place. Now coming straight to the main point, yes! Mice are smart enough to escape the glue trap but not in all cases. In some cases the mice struggle desperately to get loose, often tearing off their skin.
How rat escape glue trap?
It is true that mice can avoid glue traps because they are clever. Though they are curious animals they do sense danger. They often avoid a glue tray and that’s why a thick board is recommended. In most of the cases, they escape glue traps when it is placed in the wrong corner. Also, when you fill the trap with lots of food, they come and steal it without getting caught. They don’t step on it as the food is easily accessible right from the sides.
Do glue traps work for rats?
Glue traps are convenient and easy to use but the question is do they work for rats. To some extent yes and in some cases no. Rodents have become so smart these days that they escape traps. However, there are many manufacturers offering a wide variety of glue traps to battle them. Glue traps are boards with adhesive on them and are one of many methods for control of rodents. Though they can be used standalone but will be more effective if used as part of the total rodent control system.
If it’s just the starting or little mice infestation, you can use glue traps and it will work. But if you want to control a severe one, this solution alone will be not enough. Furthermore, to make it work well, you need to locate the boards at the right location. They can be placed in a wider variety of locations where mice travel on regular basis. Mice are very curious and check out any new thing along the way. While rats are hesitant to explore new things and, therefore difficult to trap.
Getting to know about the rodent behavior will help you trap them easily and control the rodent problem. Also, glue traps catch younger mice and older rats more. So, it’s always good to use a combination of electric traps, snap traps, and glue traps.
Where to place rat glue traps for effective results?
Where you place the traps is vital. Glue boards can be used in kitchens, food plants, residences, food processing plants, zoos, and other sensitive areas. The key to success lies in the proper placement of these adhesive traps. Place traps along active rodent runways such as in cupboards, under kitchen appliances, etc. The best place to use these boards is against a wall where rodents mostly run. It will be good to avoid placing traps in indoor corners.
If you don’t catch a mouse within 2 days, move it to some new place. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the placement. Just keep in mind that mice are very clever creatures.
How long can a rat survive in a sticky glue trap?
Well, in most cases mice trapped on a glue board live long enough for you to find them alive. Usually they live as long as a day so you have a complete day to find them alive. You must be thinking how they survive just one day because they have very fast metabolisms. They need to eat nearly all the time and being trapped means they cannot eat anything. This way they lose their entire energy.
However, this does not mean they die due to starvation. Rats or mice trapped on an adhesive board tend to die of overexertion.
How can I humanely deal with a mouse caught in a sticky trap?
If you want to humanely deal with a mouse caught in a sticky board, you will have to be very careful. The traps with very strong adhesive are the absolutely least humane way of catching rodents. So the best way is to use vegetable oil to get them off the glue and take them away from your home. A lot of people suggest hammering to the back of the head but trusting me it’s the least humane way to get them out. Also, leaving them to die of starvation and dehydration is also not a good idea.
A lot of manufacturers direct their consumers to throw away rodents along with the trap. If you’re doing so, you are leaving the mouse suffer for day until it dies of stress, starvation, and dehydration. It’s very cruel and painful and that’s why I suggest using the vegetable oil is an effective way to get them off the glue.
If you still can’t free the rodents, quickly rush them to a veterinarian center or a rehab. They are professionals and know the most humane ways to end the animal’s suffering.
How to dispose of the rat glue trap?
When you want to get rid of a rodent once it’s glued to the trap, it can be a challenging task. One way to dispatch the rodent is to put on heavy gloves, scoop up glue trap and rodent together into a plastic bag. Dispose of them in a trash that is properly covered. Now replace the glue trap with a new one. Wearing the heavy gloves will keep you safe from bites and bacteria.
If you want to keep the tiny creature alive, find a plastic container that can hold the board placed flat. Now put of heavy gloves to avoid being bitten and place the trap with rodent side up in the container. Spray the container with vegetable oil or baby oil as it works as a lubricant. Now grab the rodent by its tail and leave it far away from your home.
Tips to use sticky glue trap effectively:
As discussed earlier, a glue trap is a flat piece of cardboard with sticky adhesive on it. These boards are used to trap rats and mice in an effort to control them. They also present an alternate way of controlling rodents without the use of poisons. However, the best results can only be obtained with their proper use.
Here are a few tips to use glue traps effectively and enjoy better results:
- Place the trap at the right location such as dark corners, the attics, behind large kitchen appliances, close to the walls, etc.
- Keep your hands off the bait as mice can detect your scent on traps.
- Pick the best bait for rodents such as nuts, seeds, peanut butter, etc.
- Use only a tiny amount of bait so that the pests can’t just steal some of it without getting caught.
- Don’t expect quick results and make the traps comfortable for rodents.
- Don’t place the traps in the wrong place.
- Set as many mouse traps as possible as mice reproduce fast and furiously.
- Use a combination of mouse traps for effective results.
When you use glue traps, there is always the chance that a trapped mouse or rat may suffocate to death. It may be unpleasant to some people especially those who don’t want to harm these creatures. If this is the case, you can use a humane live trap and set them free outdoors. Also, these adhesive boards cannot be effectively used for rats. They require much stronger traps or traps specified for rat use.
Glue traps lead to slow, agonizing deaths for the rodents they trap. I would personally not suggest using any such things. Mice and rats also feel pain just like other animals such as cats and dogs. Instead of using such horrifying traps, we should prevent them entering our properties. Try to eliminate food sources by keeping food in airtight containers, and counter surfaces and cabinets clean. Seal trash cans and store pet food in chew-proof containers.
Make your house less inviting for rodents and this will be the most humane way to control rodents…
Here’s why I don’t suggest using glue traps:
Though they may seem practical, the adhesive glue traps are an inhumane way to control rodents. This is what happens:
- The rodent panics and dies of stress
- The rodent starves to death
- The rodents’ nose may get stuck in the glue and it may suffocate
- The rodents can chew their own legs off while trying to escape
- The trap pose the risk of physical injury
If killing the mouse if not what you have in your mind, there are several alternatives too. You can use natural products, ultrasonic sound devices, humane mouse traps, etc. These alternatives may cost you a bit more but allow you to simply catch and leave the rodent.