Rat Glue Traps: Why Use It and How It Works

Achieving rodent control in your home can be challenging especially when you are unaware of how you should get rid of the rodents. Among the go-to methods that many people widely use is the use of rat glue traps.


This is considered the most convenient method since it can be easily bought from hardware stores and can be used even by untrained individuals. However, you should be strategic in placing these traps around your home to effectively trap the pests lurking around your home.

What are Glue Traps? 

Rat glue traps are also known as glue boards. These are trays coated with a super-strong adhesive. The type of adhesive used is extremely strong that any animal who would touch it will become stuck and get trapped.

Rats and mice are not the only animals that can get stuck in these glue boards but other animals and insects that may touch the sticky surface. Some animals that can get stuck in the adhesive are snakes, birds, and wild cats. Once they come in contact with the adhesive surface, it will be impossible for them to escape.

How Do These Rat Glue Traps Work?

Unlike other pest control methods, these glue boards do not instantly kill any trapped animals. What these glue traps do is that it immobilizes the animals and prevents them from escaping. 

Depending on how often you check the glue board, animals can get stuck on it within a few hours if the infestation is severe or it may take days if the infestation is just starting.

You may find a mouse, rat, or any animal trapped face down, on their side, by one leg or all fours, and often cry out in distress. A trapped rat or mouse will try to free themselves but will struggle and may only become more embedded in the glue trap.

Some rodents break bones and eventually tear off while some may bite through their limbs as they attempt to free themselves from the traps. They will eventually succumb to extreme exhaustion then collapse face down in the adhesive. The rat or mouse will die in suffocation once the glue lodges in their nasal packages.

Most of the time, death comes from the combination of dehydration, starvation, and exhaustion. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours, 24 hours, or days.

Where Can You Use Glue Boards?

Glue traps can be used in the following:

  • Kitchens

  • Residences

  • Food Plants

  • Processing Plants

  • Restaurants

  • Hospitals

  • Zoos

  • Other Areas Where the Use of Poison Treatment is Discouraged or Prohibited

To protect children and pets, it is necessary that you strategically place the rat glue traps in areas where the rats are passing through regularly.


Benefits of Using Glue Traps

Unlike other pest control methods, the use of rat glue traps has its advantages, and the following are some of these:

  • A glue trap does not use toxic baits

  • A glue trap is easy and simple to use.

  • Unlike other methods, glue trap is inexpensive.

  • It is a cleaner method since rodents will die on a glue trap and not in any unknown locations that may cause safety hazards and unpleasant odours.

This is a safer alternative to the use of pesticides and lessens the risk of spreading diseases around your home as you prevent them from roaming around.

Using Glue Traps Properly, Animal Appears Unharmed 

One of the common issues that many people encounter is that they get the wrong type of glue trap. You are not supposed to use mouse traps when trapping rats.

Rats are bigger, which means they are stronger and require larger glue boards. Get a specific glue board for the pest you are dealing with whether it is a rat or mouse infestation.

Also, another problem is the right way of discarding the trapped pests. In case you found the animal already dead, you can simply grab a pair of gloves and dispose of the animal with the trap.

If you found the animal still alive, you can choose to kill it. The most humane method of killing an animal stuck in a glue trap is giving it one sharp blow to its head. Doing this requires a firm and unwavering resolve as some end up feeling squeamish or too frightened to do it. You can also ask another person to do it for you.

Recommended Rat Glue Traps to Achieve Rodent Control 

Rat glue traps are mostly pre-baited, which means it attracts rodents and stops them from lurking around your property upon contact. It also prevents them from going back to their hiding places to continue reproducing.

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Tomcat Rat Glue Traps 2-Pack

One of the glue traps we recommend is the Tomcat Rat Glue Traps 2-Pack which contains the original Tomcat glue formulation that is pesticide-free but provides excellent performance in trapping rats. Another is the Predator Rat Glue Trap (2pk) which boasts its professional strength in achieving non-toxic super holding power in trapping rats.

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Wilson Predator Rat Glue Trap (2pk)

If you are dealing with mice infestation, we also have mouse glue traps like the Tomcat Mouse Glue Traps 4-Pack, which is a pre-filled Tomcat glue formula and pesticide-free trap, that is excellent in trapping mice and other household pests.

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Tomcat Mouse Glue Traps 4-Pack

Another option is the Predator Mouse Glue (4pk) that has the professional non-toxic superior holding strength in trapping any mouse species. You can also try the Victor Mouse Glue Tray (2Pk) which is disposable and is pre-baited and has a non-toxic adhesive. Feel free to browse pestsupplycanada.ca for more glue traps you can get for your rodent control needs.

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Predator Mouse Glue Traps (4pk)
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Victor Mouse Glue Tray (2Pk)