I was at my local bodega today and saw something peculiar. They were selling glue traps for mice. On the cover of the box was a picture of a mouse and a snake, both apparently stuck to the glue. Even though most of it was in Spanish, I don’t see what explanation they could give for the snake being on there. If you have a snake problem, it’s time to bring it to the next level. Strategically placing strips of glue around your house isn’t going to cut it. These things are responsible for Original Sin. Up your game.
That being said, I’ve had to use glue traps for a rodent problem before and hated it. These traps are cruel, cheap, and unfortunately effective. Here’s how it usually goes down:
The mouse is running around being a deviant. Doing what it is that mice do. (Which I always perceived as mischief.) Keeping you up at night. Providing constant reminders that you are part of a demographic you’d rather not be associated with.
While searching for food and a good time, the mouse is abruptly stopped in it’s tracks by the glue. It panics and tries to free itself; most often by tearing it’s own legs off. A slow, limbless death stuck face first to a piece of plastic.
This horrific scene can be avoided. Be sure to have vegetable oil around so you can bring the trap outside quickly and set your mouse free. The oil counteracts the glue and allows the thing to get loose. If you get to it in time. Just pour it on there.
Better yet, if you’re going to capture your mice instead of cutting off their food supply, at least spend the extra 50¢ for a spring loaded device that will put Mickey out of his misery quickly.