Wednesday
January
28
2015
8:21 pm
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 
Pet tips
August 04, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Our neighbors told us about their new intruders: mice. They were set to buy sticky glue traps since they are the “humane” ones, they said. They figured they would trap the mice, then gently pull them off the glue trap and release them outside. The amount of force it would take to pull a trapped mouse from a glue trap would cause significant injuries and probable loss of limbs. Our Wildlife Rescue Center receives animals that owners never intended to target with glue traps, most notably birds. We received a Great Horned Owl we couldn’t save since he arrived in such bad shape. The owl ingested a rat that had been stuck to a glue trap. We guessed the owl also ingested glue, which prevented it from opening its beak and very likely also cause intestinal blocking. Very sad, painful ending, just as it is for targeted species, like rodents. We advise residents to consider alternatives to glue traps, and people are often surprised to hear that we would actually suggest snap traps over the glue traps. But they are much more humane; the death is instantaneous, as opposed to the prolonged suffering animals experience when stuck to traps. They usually die of starvation, but some will gnaw off their own limbs to free themselves. Of course, snap traps must be placed carefully so pets and children aren’t injured. Residents might also consider humane traps; these don’t harm animals at all. The trap is baited with food and a door closes behind the hungry rodent. Then, the owner takes the trap to an area away from their home to release the rodent. Of course, the best form of rodent control is prevention; removing inadvertent food sources, shelter sources (even ivy climbing a wall) and sealing all holes around your home. Our experts can suggest measures to make your home and yard less attractive. Please call 650/340-7022, ext. 314. 

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.

 

 

Tags: traps, would, rodent, animals, their,


Other stories from today:

Swinging in Belmont
Pet tips
This Day in History
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Do you think electronic cigarettes should be prohibited in the same places cigarettes are?

Yes, we don't know the dangers
No, they are harmless to others
Maybe, but they're still safe
We should do what we can to encourage use since they're less harmfull than cigarettes
Who cares, they're lame

 

 
 
SSFS
 
 
 
 
 
 
California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health thre..
Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bo..
Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, killing 2 soldiers
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel — Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military c..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2015 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County high school sports