Got Mice? Hold the Glue Traps
BOSTON - A mouse sighting in the home can turn even the bravest person into a quivering mass. Whether it's a few mice or a few hundred, there are effective and humane ways to deal with unwanted furry guests that don't involve poison or glue traps.
According to John Griffin, director of humane wildlife services for the Humane Society of the United States, your first step should be sealing up holes and crevices in your home or structure and, in short, to "think like a mouse."
"These guys can access entry points that are very small, so start looking for dime-sized holes and start to close them up with material that's going to stand the test of time and also repel them," he advised. "Steel wool is a good example, something that if they try to chew through they couldn't get in."
Griffin said it's also important to place food in containers that you store in cabinets and be sure to clean up any crumbs or stored food that could be attracting the mice.
Griffin said that once you have sealed up any cracks and holes in your living space, the next step is removal. He said if you absolutely must kill them, one of the least-humane ways to do this is with glue traps, which mice get stuck on and either suffocate in the glue or die a slow and agonizing death.
"Choose the least inhumane methods, whether it's a quick-kill trap like a snap trap or a catch-and-removal, catching with live traps and releasing outside after you've closed up the access to your home," Griffin suggested.
He said catch-and-release traps are reusable and you just release the mouse outside. Be sure to check them often to be sure the mice don't die inside the trap.
With glue traps, Griffin said, there is often collateral damage: other animals such as birds and bats get stuck on them, only to die painful deaths.