Pest Control News

Friday, 29 April 2016

Calls to Ban Glue Traps for Rodents

Coming unstuck – calls to ban cruel rodent ‘glue traps’ in the UK


Mice and rats, two rodents that send shivers down the spine. Known for spreading disease and causing thousands of pounds worth damage in some instances.
But the announcement at the end of 2015 that a major wholesaler was withdrawing from sale rodent glue traps came as welcome news.
Growing concerns
The Humane Society International UK branch welcomed the news that these cruel glue traps would no longer be available from a major wholesaler. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) also welcomed the news. Although still available to buy, many organisations are hoping that before too long the UK will follow New Zealand and Ireland by banning the sale of glue traps. 
Why the change?
The wholesaler has said that it was presented with compelling evidence that glue traps were no longer a viable option for effective pest control:
  • Animals trapped by the glue traps are subjected to extreme and unnecessary suffering
  • People who use glue traps could be at risk of committing an offence under the Animal Welfare Act
‘Unnecessary suffering’
The Animal Welfare Act is clear – anyone causing unnecessary suffering to any animal or bird, pest or not, would be committing an offence for which they could face a heavy fine. Under this act of 2006, it would also be an offence to leave rodents alive on the glue trap, drowning them or worst still, throwing them alive into the rubbish bin. 
And the British public seem to be in agreement too. The results of a YouGov poll have shown that 70% of the British public also agree that glue traps are cruel. Thus, the Humane Society has been the driving force behind the ‘Unstuck’ Campaign. 
Are non-lethal, humane removal methods the only answer?
The Humane Society International promotes the use of non-lethal humane traps for live release of rodents back into their natural habitat. Supported by an educational campaign, the Humane Society International hopes to help homeowners remain rodent-free in and around their property.
For some people, catch-and-release is not an option, more so in urban settings and for large commercial customers where it would be a costly exercise to trap and release large numbers of rodents. With grey squirrels, releasing them back into the wild is an offence. 

Agreements is clear – if a rodent or any other pest is to be exterminated, it must be done so quickly and humanely, without causing distress of suffering. The only people who do this – and do it every time – are qualified, reputable pest controllers.