Rats are often considered unwelcome pests. They can carry diseases, eat and contaminate food stores, and constantly gnaw things, causing physical damage.

Understandably, you might want to remove them from your property, particularly if you own a restaurant or food outlet. Before you do, however, take the time to learn about the different means of pest control available and what they entail.

The method does matter. Before buying any commercially available pest control products, it’s important to find out what you’re investing in first. Some products are inhumane. Poisons, like anticoagulants, don’t just kill the rats; they also affect the animals that eat the dead rodents.  

You might be thinking that if the poisons do so much damage, then using alternatives marked as ‘safe’ and ‘humane’, such as glue traps, is the better option. However, glue traps are inhumane as well.

Are glue traps inhumane?

On the surface, glue traps may seem harmless enough. You place them with bait the same way you would set a traditional rat trap. However, only instead of snapping the rat’s neck or spine, glue traps simply hold the victim in place.

A trapped animal won’t just sit calmly waiting for you to find it. As soon as they are caught, they will struggle and try to free themselves, often resulting in more of their body getting stuck to the trap.

Since the glue itself doesn’t kill the rat, it’s left to die a slow and painful death due to other factors. These include starvation, dehydration, exposure, or even being tortured and eaten by predators.


The best thing you can do is to contact a humane pest-control agency, or use a live-capture trap and check it regularly. Once you’ve captured the critter, find a new home in which to release it.