If rodents take refuge in your home this fall, please don’t resort to cruel glue traps. Consider these facts:
1. Glue traps are extremely cruel. Panicked, ensnared animals struggle mightily, tearing flesh, breaking bones, and becoming more entangled in the adhesive, only to die from shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Death can take days.
2. Glue traps are health hazards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada warn against glue traps because trapped animals void their bowels, putting people at risk of contracting hantaviruses.
3. Glue traps are indiscriminant. They regularly ensnare squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, gerbils, kittens, and other small animals, including birds. (Most birds are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and violations can bring $15,000 fines.)
4. Glue traps are upsetting. PETA has received countless calls from people who have found screaming, bloody rodents stuck to glue traps and had no idea what to do with the suffering animals. Glue trap labels instruct users to just throw the animals in the trash. Most people cannot bring themselves to be that cruel.
5. Glue traps will backfire. When rodents are killed or otherwise removed, a spike in the food supply results, which accelerates the breeding of survivors and newcomers. The only way to keep rodents out permanently is to seal entry points and eliminate food sources.
For tips on humane rodent control, visit www.PETA.org.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)