Sticky traps are one of the cruelest methods of pest control. These devices consist of a cardboard or plastic base and a strong, adhesive top layer. They are usually used to exterminate bugs and rodents. Unfortunately, many non-invasive animals get caught in these traps such as reptiles, squirrels, and even birds. The sticky adhesive is non-toxic, so the animal that becomes stuck can be there for days until it eventually dies.
Once an animal is stuck, it’s nearly impossible for them to get free on their own. Feathers, scales, and skin can get ripped off in the process. If the animal can’t get free, they typically end up dying from starvation, dehydration, stress, a panic-induced heart attack, or all of the above. Manufacturers of this product usually suggest simply throwing away the trap with the live animal still attached. Although mice are considered pests rather than pets, no animal deserves to be put through this excruciating experience.
There are many alternatives to using sticky traps. Keep your space sanitary and free of food that rodents and other small critters could potentially get their hands on. Deter animals by placing cotton balls or tennis balls soaked in equal part apple cider vinegar and water around your house. If you must use a trap, defer to humane solutions such as catch-and-release traps.
Please do not try to remove the animal or your own as you don’t want to increase its stress or physical injury. Place the trap and attached animal in a dark box to reduce its vision and stress levels. Visit our website, www.greenwoodwildlife.org for immediate advice. You can also call our center at 303-823-8455 from 9 am- 4 pm daily.