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Animals In Print
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From 11 January 2004 Issue

Animals In Print presents:

Ask Jillouise
By Jillouise Breslauer

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Dear Jillouise,

I am writing to ask if you know of a way to make animal glue traps useless, preferably without letting anybody know.  I work for a place that uses these glue traps and it bothers me a lot.  They've already caught some rats in these and I felt so bad because I felt powerless to save them. These people know how these traps work so talking to them will not make a difference.  I, like a lot of people, need my job, but I would like to find a way to somehow make these traps unattractive to mice and rats.  I saw your website and thought you might have some suggestions.  Is there any nonpoisonous substance I can put on or around these traps to make the animals avoid them that might not be noticed by other people?  If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.  Also, is there any way to save an animal once they get stuck in this glue? 

Thank you for your website and for any information you can give me.


Dear Kathy,

Thank you so much for your email. You could try pouring cooking oil on the entire glue surface of the interior of the glue trap. This should make the glue less likely to adhere to a rodent's paws. If oil leaks out on to the floor a little, maybe the people who put the trap there will think that the glue traps are leaky and messy and will discontinue using them (?).

However, If you REALLY want to make sure no one ever gets caught in the horrible glue traps, cut colored paper inserts the same color as the particular glue traps used at your place of work.  Make sure the edges fit exactly onto the glue pad, that the edges of the paper are cut precisely and that the paper is the same color as the glue so no one figures out that the traps have been rendered useless! The paper will stick to the glue.  Cardboard or thicker, slick-surfaced paper
seems to work best.

As for saving an animal once they are already caught in the glue trap, I understand that cooking oil helps but doesn't always work.  Please know that mice and other rodents are sensitive to discomfort and pain.  So if an animal is caught in a glue trap and is suffering or dying, often the kindest thing to do is to have a vet humanely euthanize him/her. For further reading on the glue traps please check out these web sites:

Facts: Glue Traps

PETA :: Media Center :: Factsheets

Thank you for caring about the animals!
Best wishes,

Jillouise Breslauer
Ask Jillouise

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