Rat glue traps have an interesting and divisive reputation. Much like the rats they are supposed to catch. In many ways, glue traps are the “nukes” of rodent control – they are the tools you really don’t want to have to use, but when all else fails, they are the solution that you may need to turn to.
On the one hand, rat glue traps are exceptionally effective when they are well made and of a good enough quality. They capture and retain anything that steps in them, be it a mouse, a rat, a squirrel or a chipmunk, as well as insects, scorpions, snakes, lizards, and more. Bigger glue traps can even capture things such as birds, cats, and more. As long as the trap is big enough and the glue in it is strong enough, any animal can fall prey to it.
And here comes the other side of the glue trap question – they are indiscriminative, merciless torture devices. As they contain no poison and no-kill mechanisms, glue traps just capture and hold their victims. In the ideal scenario, you will find the captured rodent immediately after it has been caught and you will kill it in a quick and humane manner. However, very often rodents get caught in the small hours of the night and stay glued down to the trap for hours or sometimes even days. Needless to say, they are not a pretty sight to come to when you eventually find them.
So, with those two considerations in mind, glue rat traps can be summarized as a highly effective method of rodent control that is recommended only for people with strong guts that have tried other more humane methods first.
In this article, we will go over the Top 3 and the Top 10 of the best rat glue traps on the market right now, and we will also delve a little more in-depth in their nature and application.
KChoies Leather Rat Glue Traps
We are starting our list of the best sticky rat traps with these KChoies Leather Rat Glue Traps. What places these sticky stripes among the best glue traps for rats is the combination of the 100 grams of imported glue and the damp-proof PU leather material. The resistance to dampness on these rat glue traps is crucial as you can now safely place them in your basement, attic, garage or warehouse, even during the winter / wet season and they will still work on 100%.
The adhesive itself is of the highest quality and makes sure that even the largest rats won’t be able to get off these leather straps. The straps’ size also compliments the product in its efforts to capture large rats – with dimensions of 47.5 x 11 inches these straps roughly equal to 8 standard mice glue boards each. This makes them ideal for controlling large infestations of pests very easily and is ideal for larger premises such as warehouses and big garages.
Keep in mind, however, that the glue’s strength and the trap’s sheer size make them tricky to use, even though the process is simple on principle. We’d suggest that two people open them and set them up together. Just open the glue mats carefully and slowly, place it on the desired location, and fasten the four corners of the traps. Once a rat or a mouse is caught on the strap you can just cut out the piece around the rodent and throw that piece out, leaving the rest of the mat in place for further use.
- These KChoies leather glue traps are basically rat sticky paper on steroids in every conceivable way – size, glue strength, and dampness-resistance
- These rat sticky pads have dimensions of 47.5 x 11 inches, making them 8x times bigger than the standard mice glue board traps you can find on the market
- Unlike wooden or metal rat glue boards, when a rat gets caught in this leather glue trap you can just cut off the piece where the rat got caught and continue to use the rest of the trap
- These leather glue traps contain 100 grams of imported glue and are made out of damp-proof PU leather material
- This product’s size and strength make it tricky to use – we recommend two people to set the mats up
- The glue mats are so large that once a couple of rats get trapped, it’s not uncommon for the other rodents around them to learn to avoid the trap altogether
- As you cut pieces from the trap you can ruin its structural integrity and have to fasten it to the ground again
Catchmaster Glue Boards
These Catchmaster Glue Boards include 5 packs per purchase, with two traps in each pack for a total of 10 glue boards. These are traditional glue board traps with a strong adhesive that will hold most mice, rats and other rodents, as well as snakes, lizards, cockroaches, spiders, and other insects. The traps come pre-baited so you can use them immediately, although we’d recommend that you use some additional bait for maximum effectiveness. Keep in mind that as with all other glue traps, rodents tend to learn to avoid them so using a very attractive bait is a great plus.
Still, the ease with which these traps are deployed is one of their biggest benefits. You don’t need to cut, unroll or set up anything – just peel them off and set them up wherever you like. Each trap is big enough for one rodent so once you’ve captured something all you need to do is throw the rodent away with the trap if it is already dead or kill it yourself and then throw it out. Remember that it’s vital not to throw away living rodents even if they seem inescapably trapped because they may still find a way to break free and remain on your property.
The Catchmaster glue boards are generally big enough to capture medium-sized rats and can even catch the largest specimens but expected a drop in the retention rate with some of the really big rodents. Their glue is of top quality so you can expect it to hold very strongly but the largest of rats might still be able to rip their skin/flesh off of the trap when they panic enough.
- The Catchmaster Glue Traps come in 5 packs of 2 and are great for mice, rats, squirrels, and other rodents, as well as snakes, lizards and insects
- These glue board traps are very easy to set up and come pre-baited even though you’d do well to add some nice bait to them yourself as well
- The glue adhesive on these Catchmaster glue board traps is exceptionally strong and will retain everything except some of the biggest and strongest rats you may encounter
- While relatively big and equipped with a powerful glue, this trap is less effective against the largest types of rats out there
Tomcat Glue Traps
You don’t need to read too many tomcat glue traps reviews to see that these Tomcat Glue Traps offer great quality. Made with Tomcat’s original formula, these traps come in packs of 2. They are excellent for capturing mice, rats, squirrels, and other rodents, as well as other common household pests and insects. These glue traps come on slightly elevated blackboards which can reduce their effectiveness against the smallest types of mice as it may force them to circle around the trap, however, they are still very effective against medium-sized and large rodents.
As any glue traps, these too should be placed alongside walls, underneath cabinets, machinery, and furniture, and in other areas that rodents like to frequent, be it in the attic, basement, garage or a warehouse. The board is made out of a durable and strong material that is damp-proof and is also strong enough to withstand the pressure of a struggling and panicked rodent.
Keep in mind that the Tomcat glue board traps don’t come with a bait. If you want, you can just use them as they are and with proper positioning trap rodents as they are just passing by, or you can also bait the traps yourself with whatever you deem fit. Either way, the Tomcat glue traps offer a great retention rate thanks to their solid bases and powerful adhesive.
- The Tomcat glue board traps offer a great retention rate thanks to their powerful glue which is among the strongest in the industry
- These traps are excellent for capturing all types of rodents such as mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrel, and others, as well as snakes, lizards, scorpions and insects
- The Tomcat glue traps are very easy to set up as all you need to do is peel them off, put some bait on them if you want, and place them at the right locations
- The traps are not baited so you’ll have to bait them yourself if you want to
- The boards of these Tomcat glue traps are strong but they are not that big. They can still work well, but some of the largest rodents out there can just take off with them on their feet or backs and find a way to get rid of them eventually
OTHER PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER
Obviously, the market has more than just three good rat glue traps to offer, so we’ve also compiled a list of the 7 best “Runner-ups” for your consideration. These traps couldn’t make it into the top 3 for one reason or another, but they are still excellent devices that very well may be what you need to solve your rodent problem.
The Panamela Rat Glue Boards come in a 5 pack and have a big advantage – they can be set up at angles as they can bend in the middle. This means that you can set up glue traps tunnels, 90-degree traps, U-shaped traps, or whatever is suitable for the location in question. They utilize a powerful adhesive with a great retention rate, however, they are a little too pricey compared to most other rat glue traps which relegated them to our secondary list.
The Coopache Sticky Rat Traps also come in a 5 pack and share the same great feature of the previous entry on our list – they are bendable. This means that you can set them up at corners or as tunnels or in a myriad of other ways. The foldable design also makes it easier to catch larger mice or rats as it can capture them from several sides and not just from below. The drawback of the Coopache traps that take away from their otherwise great design is that the glue they are using is not as strong as the adhesives of some of their competitors.
Another foldable option, this time from T Box Rat Glue Traps in the form of their foldable rat glue traps. They can be set up as a tunnel, like a box, as a 90-degree trap or as a regular flat trap. The traps also use a rather strong glue which is great, however, one thing to keep in mind is that the glue has a rather strong odor. This can not only make it unpleasant for people if you use it in a residential area, but it can also help teach rodents to keep away from the traps that are otherwise designed to be hard to detect.
Catchmaster Giant Glueboards makes it into this list as well with their Giant 24GBR glue boards. You will get 3 boards per pack and they are big enough to capture even the biggest rodent you may be faced with or several smaller once at the same time. They utilize a powerful adhesive that is sure to hold on to almost anything and they also have a strong peanut butter scent that makes for a great lure. It’s also these traps’ main drawback, however, as it is so strong that it makes them unusable in a residential area.
The last foldable rat glue trap on this list, these LENKA Rat Glue Traps offer exactly what you’d expect from their design – the flexibility of folding them in whatever shape that’s suitable for your situation – a tunnel, a box, a 90-degree trap or a flat one. Their design and size make them great for bigger rodents but the glue isn’t as strong as those of other products on the market.
Another leather stripe glue trap, this time from GraceFINE Sticky Glue Traps for Rats makes this list. Their Sticky Glue Traps for Rats come in black or white color so you can choose which fits the target location better. These traps have dimensions of 120 cm length and 28 cm width. This makes them great for even the biggest rats as well as for multiple catches as you can just cut out the parts that have already captured a rodent. One major drawback is the way these traps are packed, which often makes them stick to one another.
These rat glue trap trays from JT Eaton Stick-Em Rat Trap Trays have dimensions of 10 inches in length, 5 inches in width and ¾ inches of height. The height makes them less effective for smaller mice as they will tend to circle around them, however, that’s rarely a problem for medium-sized or bigger rodents. These traps use a powerful adhesive that’s likely to retain even the strongest rat and they are also scented which makes them very alluring, although it can bother you if you have to use them in a residential area.
GENERAL INFO ON RAT GLUE TRAPS
A quick breakdown of the best rat glue traps
Rat glue traps aren’t really complicated so breaking them down is going to be easy and quick – they are made out of boards or stripes coated with a thick layer of glue. The boards/stripes can be made out of any suitable material – paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, leather, etc. Generally, and especially for big rats, you want the board or the stripe to be sturdy enough so that the raging animal doesn’t break it or tear it apart. For big rats, leather and metal boards/stripes are recommended for that exact reason.
As far as the glue is concerned, it should go without saying that it needs to be as strong as possible. When an animal gets caught it will fall into panic very quickly at which point you might be surprised at the strength it can muster. Even small mice are sometimes able to break off of weaker glues and set themselves free. Even if the glue is strong, if it’s layered rather thinly, there is the risk that only the surface levels of the rodent’s fur will be glued to it and the animal will be able to rip its own fur off and escape with nothing but a bit of hair loss.
In summary, a good glue trap consists of a sturdy base that can hold the raging animal, as well as a thick layer of a strong adhesive. For rats, in particular, you want the trap to be big enough for them, as a lot of mouse glue traps are too small. Some glue traps come with bait, while others are scented to smell like a bait. If you want, you can add your own bait to them or you can just use them without a bait and hope that the rodents will just pass over them in transit.
What happens when a rodent or another animal gets stuck to a glue trap?
- There are lots of ways a rodent can die on a glue trap, so let’s list them starting from the “better” ones and going to the more gruesome variants:
- The animal will stay stuck to the trap until you find them (hopefully soon) and kill them in a humane way. This really is the only “good” scenario.
- The animal remains stuck on the trap until it dies of dehydration.
- The animal breaks its neck in an attempt to escape.
- The animal gets its nose stuck in the glue and dies of suffocation.
- The animal peels off a large portion of its skin as it’s trying to escape and dies of blood loss.
- The animal chews off one of its limbs as it’s trying to escape and dies of blood loss.
We warned you it’s a gruesome tool to use. This is also the reason why rat glue traps are banned for residential use in a lot of countries, (like Australia, for example) and are available only for professionals and for commercial pest control managers.
What to do if you’ve captured an animal in a glue trap and it’s still alive?
The UK Animal Welfare Act specifies the one main way of dealing with live animals caught in glue traps – “kill the animal quickly and humanely”. According to the UK Animal Welfare Act, “Any animal becomes a ‘protected animal’ when it is ‘under the control of man, whether on a permanent or temporary basis’ ”.
The recommended humane way of killing a captured rodent is with a sharp and swift blow to the head. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the constitution or skill to do this so a lot of people resolve to drown the rodents or just leaving them in the trash together with the trap where they can die on their own. Obviously, such disposal methods constitute an offense under the UK Animal Welfare Act so if you are not capable or willing to kill a captured rodent manually, we’d suggest that you use another method of rodent control.
What are the alternatives to rat glue traps?
For those that are not willing to use a glue trap, there are some alternatives we’d suggest:
- Snap traps. Snap traps are an old and tested method of rodent control. In modern days there are some new models that work even more effectively than the old “board and a string” traps of the past. They are generally considered “humane” as they tend to kill the animal quickly and painlessly, but keep in mind that this is only so if the snap trap is of a good enough quality and if a proper size. Also, beware that snap traps can pose a danger to your pets or kids.
- Zap traps. These are a different type of rodent kill traps that are also considered “humane” as they aim to kill the rodent quickly. They are generally safer for pets as long as the pet is too big to fit in the trap, but they should still be kept out of reach because a dog or a cat can fit their paws inside the trap. Zap traps work by delivering a powerful (usually around 7000 volts) surge of electricity when they detect a physical presence inside of them, instantly frying their victims. The problem is that some zap traps are weaker than they claim to be and they don’t kill the rodents so easily, which means that the animal will either escape or will be slowly fried for several minutes until it dies in agony. In short – if you are going to use a zap trap, make sure that it’s a good one.
- Non-lethal rat traps. These come in hundreds of models, shapes, and sizes, so describing them in just a couple of sentences is impossible. In short – they specialize in baiting and capturing the animal without killing it so that you can then kill it yourself or set it free somewhere away from your property.
- Poison and bait stations. Different poisons and rat bait stations can be a good way to get rid of a large rodent infestation but they are also tricky to use as they are, well – poisonous. In addition, you’ll still have to find and collect the dead animals which can often die in hard-to-reach places.
- An exterminator. When all else fails you can always call an exterminator. True, they tend to use the same tools you can buy and use yourself, but they are professionals and they typically know better on how to do it. The thing about all the rodent control methods we mentioned above is that they require know-how and skill to use properly, which is where a professional exterminator has an edge over most people.
RAT GLUE TRAP BUYING GUIDE
As we said, rat glue traps really aren’t that complicated design-wise. They are essentially just flat boards with glue on them, so buying them shouldn’t be that complicated, right? Well, there are several factors to consider, so let’s give those a quick look:
- The trap’s size. When it comes to rats, in particular, size matters. Smaller mouse traps are just not big enough to capture bigger rats as they can just walk around with the rats on their backs or rip them off their fur with their teeth. It’s good to know what you’re dealing with first so that you know how big of a trap you need, so try to get to know your enemy first.
- Figure out how many traps you’re going to need. You really don’t want to have to purchase additional traps, later on, to figure out how many you’re going to need. Also, if you’re not certain about the exact routes of your unwanted rodent guests, it’s a good idea to buy extra traps so that you can set them up in multiple locations.
- Do you want the traps to be scented or not? If you are going to use them in a residential area it’s often unpleasant to use scented traps as you’ll smell them as well. If they are not scented, however, you are going to have to add your own bait to them.
- Consider the price. There is a rather considerable difference in the prices of the more expensive and the cheaper rat glue traps. The higher prices typically come with better quality, but if you have to purchase a large number of traps it pays to find a good compromise between price and quality.
- And of course – quality. When it comes to rodent control you really don’t want to use subpar products as they will just waste your time and money, and give the rodents time to keep procreating and damaging your property. To find the rat glue traps of the best quality you may have to read a large number of reviews, but hopefully, this article will have been of at least a little help. Also, it pays to consider the products’ brand as well. The brands we’d recommend include JT Eaton, LENKA, GraceFINE, Catchmaster, Tomcat, T Box, Coopache, KChoies, Panamela, and others.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT GLUE TRAPS FOR RATS
As we are reaching the end of the article, let’s cover a couple of additional points of interest:
Are rat glue traps effective for long-term prevention?
Rat glue traps, particularly large leather stripe ones, are capable of capturing an impressive amount of rats. Other rat traps can also do a lot of work if they are good enough and in a large enough quantity. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Glue traps do nothing to affect the rodents’ nests, they also capture the rodents as they are running around the property;
- Rats and other rodents are highly intelligent animals and they can quickly learn to avoid glue traps.
So, while glue traps are an effective method of catching even a large number of animals in a short span of time, they are not really that effective as a long-term solution.
Can’t a just make some DIY glue traps myself?
Sure you can – as we said, all you need is a strong adhesive, a board or another surface to place it on, and a bait. However, keep in mind that the glue must be really strong, in a really large quantity and the board or other surface needs to be sturdy as well. Depending on whether you are going to purchase the adhesive from it can also be quite pricey. Plus, you if you do it yourself you run the risk of making a subpar trap and waste time that you don’t want to waste, so it’s often a good idea to just make things simple and buy a good commercial rat glue trap.
LIVING WITH & USING STICKY RAT TRAPS
There are several key points that need to be kept in mind when using a rat glue trap. Managing those carefully will ensure that you rid yourself of the rodent problem as quickly as possible, as well as that your kids, pets, and other wildlife around your property are safe from the glue traps:
- Place the rat traps in the right locations. Rodents are very careful when they choose their paths – they stick to the corners and the edges, try to move underneath furniture or other items or sneak on top of high beams and pipes as to not be seen. Placing a rat glue trap is such places, typically between the rodents’ nest and their preferred food source will increase the chance of capturing them. Alternatively, placing the traps in the middle of the room will make them very ineffective.
- Add a bait. Even if the trap is baited, chances are that it is not baited well enough. If you know what kind of rat, mouse or other rodents you are dealing with, find the bait most suitable for it and use it in the middle of the glue trap.
- If you can fold the trap in a good way that fits with the location you’ve chosen for it this will have the added benefit of protecting the glue from dust
- Check on the traps regularly. This is important not only to make sure that the captured animals don’t suffer but also that they don’t have time to escape. Additionally, if a glue trap has stayed empty for long enough, this is a good reason to relocate it.
- Make sure that the glue traps are placed out of the reach of your kids or pets. Children and most pets are typically large enough not to suffer serious injuries from a rat trap but they can still get hurt unpleasantly. Smaller cats, in particular, can easily die from a rat glue trap. Also, keep in mind that if you place glue traps outside you can accidentally capture wild animals such as birds.
- And of course – make sure that you don’t glue yourself to the trap as you are setting it up. Things like hot water, mineral spirits, acetone, laundry detergent, margarine, or salt can help you unglue yourself.
Laid out simply, rat glue traps are among the most effective, as well as the most gruesome methods of rodent control. When live traps, snap traps, baits, and lures, as well as any other method of rodent control fails, you can often trust glue traps to solve the issue. However, you should be warned that these traps are not for the faint of heart – they torture and kill the captured animals in a very slow and painful manner, and disposing of the dead or still-living rodents is not an easy task.
Additionally, just like other traps or rodent control tools, to be as effective as possible, glue traps do need a certain amount of know-how and skill – it’s very important where you place them, how you place them, what bait you use, as well as to often change and rotate their locations. In short, the fact that they are effective doesn’t mean that they do all the work.
So, with all this in mind, if you can stomach the sight of a glued rodent (or other passing animals) and if you figure out how best to use them (as well as if they are even allowed for residential use in your country or area), glue traps can be an effective means for getting rid of rodents.
The KChoies Leather Rat Glue Traps answer the question “Glue traps for rats do they work?” with a resounding “Yes.” They are made out of a damp-proof PU leather material that’s perfect for damp basements, attics, garages, and warehouses. The traps also contain 100 grams of glue each and have dimensions of 47.5 x 11 inches, making them 8x bigger than the regular mice glue boards you can find on the market today. Admittedly, these traps’ sheer size and power can make them a bit unwieldy, but if you have a large and rampant rat infestation on your hands, they are a great way to deal with the problem.
The Catchmaster Glue Boards are classical board glue traps for rats. They come in 5 packs of 2 which is generally enough for an average household. They are excellent at capturing and retaining mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, as well as lizards, snakes, and insects. They utilize a very strong glue adhesive that has a great retention rate and are sure to hold most rodents except the few biggest and strongest rats you may face. Even with them, however, these Catchmaster boards offer a better chance for a capture than most other glue traps.
The Tomcat Glue Traps are an industry classic thanks to their powerful glue adhesive and solid base. They will not break or be chewed off by even the biggest rats and they will hold on even the most powerful rodents for a very long time. They are not that big, so that can be a disadvantage against some of the biggest rats out there, but they are definitely strong enough to hold. Both the base and the glue of these traps are damp-resistant so you can calmly place them in any basement, attic, warehouse or garage.