How Effective Are Glue Traps For Mice

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I believe in treating all creatures with respect. My mission is to ensure everyone understands how to protect their home from rodents without using cruel methods.

Getting rid of mice may seem like an impossible thing to do.

But if you have a plan, you can tackle it yourself! Although if you’re not confident, you should contact a rodent control company.

However, doing it yourself requires you to select proper mice control methods; otherwise, you risk a foul smell from dead mice that can’t be traced, or worse, complete failure and a mouse infestation!

One method that is available to you is the use of glue traps.

How effective are glue traps for mice control?

This post will answer that question!

How Effective Are Glue Traps for Mice?

Glue traps for mice are effective, but it’s important to note that their effectiveness also depends on how you use them — where you place the traps matters a lot.

You must set the glue trap in high-traffic areas. Usually, these are areas close to walls and around kitchen corners.

Mice like to keep their ‘private life’ to themselves, so don’t expect them to run across the room, shouting and screaming, crying out for your attention!

You can increase glue trap effectiveness by placing them behind appliances, in dark corners, and places that have zero activity from you.

Even though they are handy, I think mouse glue traps are not a humane way to catch mice. That is just me and PETA; you might be different.

Mouse Glue Traps – How They Kill Mice

mouse on a glue trap

Well, glue traps do not exactly kill mice. If the trapped mouse were left there for a long time, it would die of starvation. Hence, I do not think they are humane!


Some people fear mice, and the thought of disposing of a live mouse gives them shivers all over!

Some of the adhesive substances used on mice traps can only be used once, so if you have multiple mice to deal with, you will need to buy a few glue traps to ensure all the mice are gone.

It would make no sense to remove the mouse from the board it was trapped in, especially if there is no chance of re-using the glue trap.

How Long Does It Take for a Mouse to Die on A Glue Trap?

How long a mouse survives in a glue trap depends on several things:

  • Had you poisoned it before it was trapped?
  • How long has it been since the mouse has eaten?

These are a few factors determining how long a mouse survives on the glue trap.

If you had poisoned the mice before opting for another way of getting rid of them, their survival time in the trap would be shorter than usual.

Mice can’t survive for long without water or some moisture in their bodies.

Most poisons used against mice take advantage of this by dehydrating the mouse after consumption. The mouse would only survive for around four hours when combined with the stress and heavy breathing on the trap.

In cases where the mouse is healthy before getting trapped, the time it survives in the trap is longer, usually two to three days on a full stomach.

However, the period is drastically reduced for a starved mouse. I would be surprised if it survives past one/two days without water.

Mouse Bait on Glue Traps – Is It Needed?

Unlike spring traps that rely on bait to lure in the mice, glue traps are effective on their own.

As long as they are placed strategically, there is no doubt that glue traps will serve their purpose without aid.

However, as mentioned above, putting some tasty mouse bait would surely increase the glue trap’s effectiveness. Glue traps don’t need lures to work, but how effective are glue traps for mice without baits?

To answer this question, think of the reason you bought the trap in the first place.

Wasn’t it to trap mice?

If yes, would it not be a good idea if there was a way to increase how effective the trap was?

Well, that’s for you to decide.

Glue traps work fine without baits, but on the other hand, bait increases their chances of trapping mice.


glue trap effectiveness faqs

Can mice escape glue traps?

Well, that’s quite an interesting question. Why can’t mice pull away from the glue and escape death? Or can they? Unlike spring traps that rely on a mechanism that triggers a metal bar that strikes and kills the mouse, glue traps don’t involve moving parts.

Compared to other animals, mice have a high level of reflexes, making them quicker to react to their surroundings. This makes it easy for them to escape a moving trap. Glue traps have nothing suspicious about them, and the mouse only realizes it’s in trouble once it can’t move anymore.

Also, the adhesive substance is too strong for a mouse to escape from; once it’s stuck two feet or any other part of the body, the deal is usually closed. 

Are glue traps safe for other animals?

There are no known severe effects on other animals. Especially now that any other domesticated animals are way too big to get trapped in glue traps, you should not have anything to worry about.

You should watch out for your cats, though, should they sleep on the trap, the glue could destroy their nice-looking coat.

Are glue traps safe for kids?

Absolutely not! Kids are known for their curiosity. Sticking the glue on their hands or clothes would not be a problem, but imagine the case where they decide to consume the glue. The glue is made of a chemical composition that’s not friendly to the human body; thus, it could lead to endless complications.

There are numerous occasions where kids have been hospitalized for consuming something they came into contact with while playing.

So, if you decide to use glue traps, ensure children can’t reach them!


When compared to other mice traps, glue traps are an effective choice to go for.

There are some benefits to using glue traps to catch mice:

  • You don’t risk hurting your finger when setting them up
  • There is slightly less chance that a mouse will escape a glue trap hence making it more efficient.
  • Unlike poison traps, you risk no foul smell in your house after the mouse dies in places you can’t reach.

More so, with glue traps, there’s almost a 100% guarantee that no mouse will escape your grasp.

Now for the negative. It is a big one for me too.

I don’t like mice. I also don’t like to see mice suffer. Using glue traps to catch mice is effective, but it is not humane.

Good luck


About the Rodent Guide

I’m an expert in do-it-yourself rodent control. For more than 20 years, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people live harmoniously alongside these critters by sharing rodent control solutions that are effective and kind.

I believe in treating all creatures with respect. My mission is to ensure everyone understands how to protect their home from rodents without using cruel methods.

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