Mice Glue Traps
Summary: The use of mice glue traps for capturing rodents has become a controversial topic. Some places have outlawed the sale of mice glue traps to the public and have developed a code of conduct for pest control professionals using glue boards.
In the past it was all about resolving a pest issue no matter what it took to do so. Poisons, snap traps, glue boards, or a ton of bricks. Throw anything and everything at the pest until it surrenders. That was then. Now, products used in the business of pest control get heavily scrutinized for everything from their effect on the environment to assuring the target pest is treated humanely.
Glue boards, in particular, are coming under heavy attack by animal rights groups who charge that rodents die a gruesome death on glue boards. Although, suffocation is most often the cause of death, some rodents do, in fact, survive for days, stuck on the glue boards, until death comes from water deprivation.
Some communities, having banned glue boards, insist that pest control professionals check glue boards more frequently so that trapped animals don't suffer. The pest control company must provide documentation on how they humanely destroy the animal once caught or show evidence of how the trapped animal is released from the glue board.
Glue boards do have their place. They are excellent insect pest monitoring tools. They do a splendid job of capturing spiders, crickets, centipedes and other occasional invading insects. They also can be used in pantries to monitor for grain pest infestations like Indian meal moths and saw-toothed grain beetles, both common pests of stored foods.
Most pest control professionals do not rely upon glue boards for large rodent control. It is very difficult to capture a full grown rat on a glue board. Rats are cautious animals and will not readily approach a new object placed in their regular travel paths. They may inspect it with one foot, but upon becoming stuck they pull off the trap and avoid it from that day forward.
Glue boards are popular for mouse control because mice are very curious and have little hesitation about moving onto a glue board. The boards are most often used in residential accounts because of the hazards of using powerful snap traps where children and pets are present. The pest control professional can place snap traps inside a protective station, but the stations may be too tall to squeeze into the spaces where the traps need to be positioned.
Many pest control companies will not use rodent baits inside homes or businesses due to the risk involved. Rodents may feed on the baits and stuff the food in the cheeks to take the poison back to their nests. However, on the way to their nests they may drop pieces of the poison making the bait accessible to non-targets such as children or pets.
Hopefully the pest control industry and animal rights groups will be able to find middle ground to work out a compromise. Taking away the pest control industry's useful tools can result in some unwanted pest backlash such as the uncontrolled outbreak of bed bugs. This disaster will be with us for years to come. It may have been averted had the pest control industry possessed some of the residual pesticides that have been removed from the market.
We should all be in favor of the proper use of glue boards. Knowing when and where to use this tool should be part of every pest control professional's training. The outright banning of glue boards would remove a much needed and environmentally safe pest management tool.