The current craze for fast, convenient,
effective control of pests, such as mice. scorpions, roaches. etc.,
is a device called a GLUE BOARD. This is a flat piece of cardboard with
one side covered with a very powerful glue. No bait is required, you
just place this GLUE BOARD in an area used by the pest you are after.
The main problem with them is they catch any thing that comes across
We, as Wildlife Rehabbers, think they should
not be used in outdoor areas. If used outdoors, they must be enclosed
with 1" chicken wire mesh to keep the birds from getting stuck.
We have had two Screech owls that went after the trapped mice and got
caught. It was a two week session to get the birds cleaned and back
to the wild. Three Cactus wrens also showed up on GLUE TRAPS. One of
the wrens was released; the other two died.
The GLUE TRAP does not kill its prey. The
caught creature dies of exhaustion fighting to get loose. It is a cruel
and inhumane way to get rid of pests around your house.
Trapped insects arouse the interest of
insect eating birds; trapped mice attract hawks and owls. The larger
hawks and owls can carry off the GLUE BOARD to a nest causing problems
to the young. Glue on a bird's feathers eliminates the bird's ability
to regulate body temperature. Glue on a bird's wing reduces, or eliminates,
the bird's ability to fly.
PLEASE DON'T USE GLUE TRAPS.
It is a terrible
way for any creature to die. They don't discriminate. You can kill what
you didn't intend to kill.