An analysis of inhumane glue traps for rats

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Glue traps are a relatively new concept in the world of rat removal, and although they do seem like a really good idea in theory, in practice things are much more brutal than that. These glue traps are generally placed around the edges of the floors - where the floor meets the wall - and the aim of the game is to stop the rat (or mouse) in its traps. Once the animal makes contact with that super-sticky glue, there is no way of them breaking free. They are stuck. That is, until you are ready to release them. And that's the thing - you will need to release them.



When rats get stuck on these inhumane glue traps, they are just that - stuck. A panicked rat will do everything in its power to escape, and in the worst cases, can even result in the animal gnawing and chewing through it’s own leg or arm in order to free itself an escape. As you can imagine, this ends with a very sick rat, and one that isn’t able to defend itself. It will probably die.

That's if you check the glue traps enough, of course. Many homeowners place these traps down and then just forget about them. This essentially sticks the rats to the glue traps, and then leaves them there. They will starve to death. That’s if another animal doesn't get to it first, which it can do. Even if you had the most well-trained cat or dog in the world, it would still be inclined to take a closer look at this weird creature that has been capture by a glue strip in the corner. What would happen if your pet were to come into contact with that glue trap? They could get their paws stuck, or their nose … These traps just aren't designed to be used in households where other animals are present. Or kids, for that matter.

If you do happen to catch the trap in time - if the rat hasn't starved to death, or been killed by another rat or animal, you then have the dilemma of what to do with it next. Pulling the animal off the glue trap isn't a good idea. There's a good chance only part of the rat will break free from the glue. It's designed to stick these animals fast and securely, so it's not going to be easy to break them free from it. If you try, you will more than likely injure the animal, once again, securing its death in the great outdoors once you have set it free.

In short, glue traps do seem like a great idea, but they just aren't practical. They certainly aren’t humane. You are going to do that rat more harm than good by trying to remove it from its sticky tomb, and at the end of it all, you might have just as well put down lethal snap traps. Even that's a much more humane option than the glue traps.

We know that rats aren't pleasant creatures, and we also know that you will want to deal with them as quickly and effectively as possible. That's why you should avoid using glue traps. They don't solve the issue. You will still need to deal with a dead rat. The rat will still end up dead more often than not, regardless of how careful you are when you try to remove the rat, and in many cases, you are left with a half-dead rat that you will then need to kill yourself. It just doesn't sound pleasant, does it?

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