Mouse traps are flat surfaces typically made from fiberboard, cardboard or plastic. The surface has a strong adhesive that latches onto any animal that walks across it. The trap is placed on rodent runways which are identified by droppings, hair or damage. The trap has a low profile so the mouse is unable to identify it as a threat. A mouse that walks on the trap gets stuck and cannot free itself until you attend to it.
How Effective Are Glue Traps for Mice – Why Sticky Mouse Traps are Not the Best Choice
Sticky mouse traps don’t work as well as most DIY rodent control enthusiast claim. The trap doesn’t address the issue of how the mice are getting into your home in the first place. Each mouse that is trapped simply means more food and space for the remaining colony. It is also extremely difficult to identify all the rodent runways in your home to make such trapping a viable solution.
Practicality aside, adhesive traps are one of the most inhumane ways to get rid of mice in Canada. In fact, many DIY pest control businesses refuse to sell these products.
The sticky trap only catches the rodent and doesn’t kill it. The mouse struggles until it eventually dies from exhaustion, dehydration or starvation. Some unfortunate creatures also get their noses stuck on the trap and slowly suffocate to death which can take hours.
Watching a mouse attempting to free itself from the sticky trap can be a traumatizing experience even for an adult. Some rodents will chew their own feet, desperate to get away. A lucky escapee will leave large chunks of skin and will most likely die anyway.
Canada Health cautions against using sticky mouse traps. The rodent urinates and defecates on the trap from sheer panic. These droppings may contain diseases including Hantavirus. Handling the mouse trap without proper protective gear puts you at risk of infection.
Lastly, a mousetrap doesn’t discriminate and will catch any small animal in your home. This is a concern if you have pets such as kittens, birds and snakes. Many unfortunate pets have to be euthanized by a vet because they can’t be saved.
Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
Mouse traps are ineffective and outright inhumane. Instead, hire a professional mouse exterminator in Toronto to get rid of the infestation. These professionals use humane poisons and traps that kill the animal instantly.
The exterminator will also take care of the safe disposal of the carcasses and sanitize your house to remove all traces of disease-carrying nests, droppings and urine. Finally, the professional will rodent-proof your home using metal flashing or steel meshes to prevent a future mouse problem. Give us a call now to book a mouse inspection and control services: