If you’ve done any shopping around for a mouse trap, then you’ve probably run across the class of traps known as the glue trap. Some people may also refer to them as sticky mouse traps because the mice are caught by sticking to the adhesive. The name isn’t what’s important though… What you’re really here to find out is whether or not glue traps actually.
The short answer is yes. You can catch mice with glue traps. The general premise is that there is a very strong adhesive on one side of the trap. When the mouse gets lured to the bait (either placed on the trap or a scent of the glue), it will walk on the trap and get stuck. This is where it gets ugly though. The problem is that the mouse is not killed immediately. As a matter of fact, once it gets stuck it will struggle to free itself from the trap. This is the problem with the glue trap. They are not instant kill, which leaves mice to suffer through a long and painful death.
Glue traps are one of, if not THE, most inhumane type of trap you can deploy to get rid of mice. During a mouse’s struggle, they are known to rip out their own hair exposing raw skin. Some mice even go so far as to chew off their own legs to try and free themselves from the sticky situation. Eventually the mouse will die of starvation, dehydration, or even suffocation. It can take on the order of several hours, even DAYS, to finally kill the mouse using a glue trap.
As you would imagine, the cruelty of these traps has caused numerous animal rights groups to speak out against their use. These groups aren’t necessarily against killing mice that have invaded your home… the mice don’t belong there. What the groups oppose is the cruel and tortuous method for killing them. There are many other types of traps that are equally, if not more, effective than glue traps. They are also much more humane in their kill method. If you’re really concerned about the well being of the mouse, you could even look at humane live catch traps.
The moral of the story: avoid glue traps. Check out some of the other mouse traps that work on this site. You’ll be glad you did.