Five Things You Didn’t Know About Glue Traps
Many people are unaware of the cruelty involved in using glue traps. In fact, glue traps are one of the cruelest methods of killing animals used today. Mice and rats, who are the main targets of these traps, are clever and social and are every bit as capable of experiencing pain as the dogs and cats many people share their homes with.
Now, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt—that they just don’t know how smart mice are and how much they suffer in glue traps. If they really did know, I’d like to think that they’d have a change of heart. Just take a look at the following list to learn more:
1. Glue traps cause slow, agonizing deaths.
Glue-trap manufacturers generally direct consumers to throw away animals along with the trap, leaving the animals to suffer for days until they finally die of stress, exposure, or dehydration—all cruel deaths. Some animals get their noses and mouths or beaks stuck in the glue and suffocate, which can take hours.
2. Many animals free themselves but lose, skin, fur, and even limbs in the process.
Glue traps rip patches of skin, fur, and feathers off the animals’ bodies as they struggle desperately to escape, and many animals even chew off their own legs trying to free themselves.
3. Glue traps are indiscriminate.
They’re not harmful just to mice—they also capture birds, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, gerbils, kittens, and other small animals. PETA fields calls on a regular basis from distraught individuals who have discovered small “nontarget” animals hopelessly trapped on these sticky boards.
4. Glue traps are dangerous to human health.
Glue traps are filthy—in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada caution against their use! Animals who are trapped on these devices void their bowels, potentially exposing anyone who handles the traps to hantavirus. In one case, a hospital that used glue traps did not check them, and the dead mice who were stuck on the traps became hosts for a fly population that caused illness among the hospital’s patients.
5. Traps are not a long-term solution to rodent population control.
When animals are removed from their habitat, others will move in to occupy the newly vacant niche. The temporary spike in the food supply will cause remaining animals to breed at an accelerated rate. The only long-term way to control rodent populations is to modify the habitat so that the area becomes unattractive or inaccessible to the animals.
If you find an animal suffering on a glue trap, try to release the animal by pouring a small amount of any kind of cooking or baby oil onto the parts of the animal that are stuck and then slowly, gently work the animal free. Be careful not to get any oil in the animal’s mouth or nose, as this could cause suffocation. If you cannot remove the animal from the trap, rush the animal to a local veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator for assistance or call PETA for guidance.
Wherever you see glue traps sold, be sure to send a polite letter to the store manager asking him or her to stop selling the traps. And if you have friends or family members who uses glue traps, please share this information with them—they just might have a change of heart.