Sticky glue traps (also known as “glue trays” or “glue boards”) cause an enormous amount of suffering and a traumatic death for the animals they catch.

ANIMALS IN GLUE TRAPS SUFFER FOR DAYS

These traps are designed for indoor use, and ensnared animals can suffer for days before dying, or after being thrown in the trash with the trap. Glue traps don’t discriminate. They end up capturing birds, squirrels, snakes, gerbils, and other small animals—even kittens.

GLUE TRAPS CAUSE HUMAN ILLNESSES

Glue traps are also dangerous to human health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Health Canada warn against their use, for this reason. Panicked, ensnared animals produce great quantities of urine and feces, which are sources of hantavirus. In one case, a hospital that used glue traps did not check them for more than a year—during that time, the dead mice who were stuck on the traps became hosts for a fly population that caused illness among the hospital’s patients (sources listed here).

Preventive measures, natural repellents, and nonlethal traps are the only humane options for controlling rodent populations.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • If you encounter an animal who is stuck to a glue trap, pour a small amount of cooking oil or baby oil onto the stuck areas and gently work the animal free. Consult a wildlife rehabber if necessary.
  • 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.
  • Make your house less inviting, and use live traps to catch those who do enter so that you can release them outside. Check out our “Living in Harmony With Nature” factsheet for more tips on keeping wildlife outdoors.

Could YOU imagine being stuck to a glue trap for days before death?