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Q1. Are glue traps all I need?
A. Glue traps catch younger mice and older rats more than they catch older mice and younger rats. It’s always best to use a combination of snap traps and glue traps.
Q2. Should I add poison to a glue trap?
A. No! Let glue and peanut oil bait that comes with the trap do the work.
Q3. Why is the glue trap I set out last night missing this morning?
A. If you set out glue traps singly rather than in pairs, larger rodents can do a long jump over the trap. They might just get one of their hind paws stuck in the glue. They can drag the trap back to a hole in the wall and pull it off, or, in a few cases, they will even gnaw off their paw to escape. It’s kinder to the animal to put out two traps, not just one, with an inch (2.5 cm) gap between them.
Q4. Is the glue used in glue traps poisonous?
A. No, adhesives used in traps for rats and mice are non-toxic for humans, pets, and even for the mice and rats themselves.
Q5. Mice seem to be avoiding my glue traps. What can I do?
A. Use a glue board rather than a glue tray. Or if you use a glue board, place it where it is lower than the rest of the floor. A glue trap has an edge that the rodent will stop to inspect. A glue board does not.
Q6. I put out glue traps two nights ago but they haven’t caught any mice. What next?
A. If you don’t catch any mice or rats by the sixth day after you put out the traps, put on gloves (so you don’t transfer your scent to the trap) and move the trap to another rodent runway. But make sure the traps haven’t become covered with dust or bridges of debris that give mice and rats the traction they need to escape. If the glue isn’t smooth and continuous, put out a new trap.
Q7. Do glue traps work in cold weather?
A. The glue most commonly used in traps has a freezing point of -7.5°C (18.5°F). If you live in a cold-winter climate, and you are putting out traps in an unheated room, the glue becomes completely non-sticky at this temperature. However, it’s “stickiest” at 10°C about 50°F) to 30°C (86°F).
Q8. Do glue traps work outside?
A. Not very well. They can catch many more critters than just mice and rats, and they tend to blow away or to be dragged away by larger animals seeking to dine on the mice or rats they trap.
Q9. How long do glue traps last?
A. Glue traps last as long as the glue isn’t covered by dust, dirt, trash, or insects. The cleaner the area is when you start, the longer the glue trap will remain sticky. Just to be sure, don’t use a glue trap for more than 30 days.
Q10. How do I get rid of a rodent once it’s glued to the trap?
A. One way to dispatch the rodent is to give it a sharp blow to the back of its head with a crowbar or tire iron or heavy stick. Or you can just put on heavy gloves (so you won’t get bitten), scoop up glue trap and rodent together into a plastic bag, and dump them in the trash. Then replace the glue trap with a new one. This may be your best bet for dealing with a dying but not yet dead rodent. If the rodent has died, put on heavy gloves (so you won’t pick up bacteria or ticks from the carcass), and pull off the glue trap. Place the dead rodent in a plastic bag, and into the trash. The rodent’s scent on the trap will attract more mice and rats to the same trap.
Q11. But I want to let the little mousey live.
A. Then use this technique. Find a plastic container wide enough to hold the glue trap placed flat with edges at least 4 inches (10 cm) high for mice and 8 inches (20 cm) high for rats. Put on heavy gloves so you won’t get bitten. Place the glue trap and the mouse or rat rodent-side up in the plastic container, and take outside. Spray the rodent with vegetable oil as a lubricant. (Do not dab the oil on the rodent with your fingers. It will bite.) Grab the rodent by its tail and help it wriggle free of the trap, tipping it out of the container just as it gets free.
This technique doesn’t buy the mouse or rat a lot of time. If you put in it other rodents’ territory, they will attack it. It’s also vulnerable to predators. But you will have avoided killing the creature yourself. Don’t reuse the container for food storage.
Q12. How long will a mouse or rat live stuck on a glue trap?
A. Mice trapped on a glue board or glue tray seldom live long enough for you to find them alive. They have very fast metabolisms and need to eat nearly all the time. They expire from lack of energy in at most a few hours.
Rats trapped on a glue board or glue tray or in a glue tent may live as long as a day. They tend to die of overexertion rather than starvation or thirst.
If you put bait on the glue board – which won’t really increase the number of rodents you trap – you only prolong the animal’s suffering.
Q13. What is the best brand of glue trap?
A. Actually, there are three. However, you do need to choose the right trap for your rodent problems. Click this link to learn about the top 3 rat and mouse glue traps.