How to Use Glue Traps and Boards

These easy-to-use traps can also help track rodent and other pest activity.

What Are Glue Traps?

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Glue traps are available for mice, as well as glue traps for rats and are designed to stop rodents in their tracks using a sticky adhesive that rodents cannot escape from when they step on the glue sheet. When applied to areas of your home that rodents frequent, glue traps are a highly effective way to remove mice or rats in a mess-free way that can easily be disposed of once it’s solved your rodent problem.

How Do Glue Traps Work?

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The adhesive found in glue traps involve pesticide-free ingredients that naturally attract rodents without the need to add bait blocks or other alternative attractants. Glue traps are formulated with bait attractant that is known to be as effective as common lures such as peanut butter and cheese. When placed in high traffic areas that rodents frequent, mice and rats can easily detect the glue trap and interpret the glue as food.

The glue itself is made of a malleable mixture that mice and rats cannot escape from as their feet and body get stuck to the trap. With no way of escaping, rodents soon die of hunger and exhaustion in up to 48 hours of being stuck to the glue trap.

Types Of Glue Traps

Glue traps exist for both mice and rats and differ in size to cater to catching rodents. To ensure that larger rodents such as rats can be caught, rat glue traps include more adhesive and are larger in diameter than mice glue traps. It may not be possible to catch mice using rat glue traps as the adhesive may be too thick for mice to effectively stick to the adhesive.

Choosing the Right Glue Trap for Your Rodent Problem

Simply put, if you are looking to catch mice, glue traps for mice is your best option. If you are looking to catch rats, then glue traps for rats is your best option. Using the right size of glue trap to cater to how large or how small the rodent you’re looking to catch is the best way to determine which glue trap is best for you.

Where to Use Glue Traps

Glue traps are most effective when placed in areas in or around your home that you suspect rodents to frequent. Ensuring that the bait mixture in the glue trap can easily be found by mice and rats is important in encouraging rodents to interact with the glue trap.

How to Set Up Glue Traps

Glue traps for mice and rats are easy to set up while being ready-to-use straight out of the packaging. Follow these steps to maximize the potential of catching rodents in and around your home:

  1. Once removed from the product packaging, you’ll notice that two glue traps are initially stuck to each other. Carefully separate the two glue traps from each other.
  2. Once separated, decide where to place the two glue traps. Areas that you suspect rodents to frequent are the most ideal places for the traps.
  3. NOTE: To catch rats, the glue traps should be placed 3-5 metres (10-15 ft) apart from each other. To catch mice, the glue traps should be placed 1-3 metres (5-8 ft) apart from each other.
  4. While it’s possible for glue traps to catch more than one rodent to a single trap, it is best recommended to dispose of a glue trap as soon as you have caught one to maintain a healthy environment in your home

Safety Precautions When Using a Glue Trap

Handling a Glue Trap With Care

Due to its exposure when actively in use, glue traps are susceptible to sticking to items beyond rats, mice and other pests like insects. With this in mind, it is important to always place active glue traps away from household items to avoid any mishaps. For extra care when handling glue traps, it is recommended to use gloves when handling traps to avoid accidentally sticking to the adhesive.

Keeping Glue Traps Away From Children and Pets

Although not chemically hazardous, glue traps can still cause issues if tampered with by children or pets. To ensure that nothing gets stuck to active glue traps except for rodents, it is important to keep active and unused traps away from children and pets to avoid any complications.

Safe Disposal of Glue Traps

It is important to immediately dispose of a glue trap that has caught at least one rodent. By doing so, it decreases the chance of toxins carried by the rodent contaminating your home.

To safely dispose of used glue traps, it is highly recommended to use gloves when handling the trap to avoid any skin irritation.