How Should I Remove a Mouse That’s Stuck in a Glue Trap?

Mouse Glue Traps
Mouse Glue Traps

Absolutely no, you can not just simply trash the squirm in vermin. Whenever you’re the proud possessor of a mouse stuck to a sticky trap, and then you’re stuck with the trouble of putting the creature out of its misery.

The pest control company left a number of glue traps in my house and a mouse was caught by one of them. It’s a painful process as well as inhumane to let the mouse die in the glue trap, so I am trying to find a way to kill a glue-trapped mouse in a way that meets the following requirements: humane ( has to be quick and effective), harmless (I got bit when I tried to remove the mouse from the board), clean (ideally just kill and throw into trash bin). I am considering spending $25-$59 on a stun gun, however I’m not sure if a stun gun can kill a mouse in a short time.

Whack It

Put on a thicker glove (the gardening kind is recommended ). Flip a Ziplock or maybe similar plastic bag inside out and cover your glove by using it. Firmly pick up the mouse (and its associated trap) using your gloved, “plasticked” hand and with your free hand, roll the Ziplock back out which means that you can seal it completely, with the mouse trapped inside. Lay down it on the floor, preferably a driveway or garage. Whack the poor thing with a heavy magazine or maybe a shoe; be sure you hit its head for near-instantaneous death. It has already suffered enough; this will help it pass on a lot quicker. Soon after you do this, please make sure you get rid of all the glue traps your pest control folks installed.

Stomp It

Quick, humane, as well as approved by the United States Marine Corps. Ooh-rah! (‘Course when you’re done you have to clean out the waffle with a stick, however what the hell, you are unable to have everything, right? )

Gas It

In accordance with Cait McKeown, a National Mice Club (UK) member and judge, the most humane method of mouse euthanasia is chloroform. Sad to say, the chemical is hazardous (even deadly in high dosage) to humans as well as mice, so it’s hard to obtain. Also impractical for nearly all people, veterinarians sometimes use halothane or another anesthetic gas. By using these methods, the mouse becomes unconscious without having pain before death.

Some other methods, like breaking the neck, decapitation, drowning, and freezing are painful for the mouse. This may or may not be an problem for you since these are not pet mice, but the majority of people will have a hard time in execution. The “quick” methods might not be so quick if you make a mistake. Possibly the most effective method is a CO2 chamber such as those used by herpetologists before freezing rodents for food. The most affordable source of concentrated carbon dioxide is dry ice, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends compressed CO2 gas in cylinders so that you can control the inflow of gas.

Their guidelines are: Without pre-charging the chamber, place the animal(s) in the chamber and introduce 100% carbon dioxide. A fill rate of about 10% to 30% of the chamber volume per minute with carbon dioxide, added to the existing air in the chamber should be appropriate to achieve a balanced gas mixture to fulfill the objective of rapid unconsciousness with minimal distress to the animals. (Example for a 10-liter volume chamber, use a flow rate of 1 to 3 liter(s) per minute. ) Sudden exposure of conscious animals to carbon dioxide concentrations of 70% or greater has been shown to be distressful. If you regularly use sticky traps to control mice, you might consider building a CO2 chamber-there are plenty of designs out there. However I personally choose using snap traps which usually provide a much quicker death as well as are easy to dispose of.

Don’t agree with the solutions previously mentioned? Have your own expertise to contribute?

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