When it comes to pest control in Braintree or anywhere else around the UK, wherever we go and whatever job we take on, we always make sure that we work in the most humane way possible and there are certainly all sorts of different strategies that can be employed to ensure that this is the case.

The use of glue traps as a method of pest control has hit the headlines over the last week or so, with calls now issued by the RSPCA and Chris Packham for these traps to be banned because they cause all sorts of serious damage to other wildlife… not just the pests they’re trying to catch.

The move comes after a picture was splashed across the internet of a robin accidentally caught in a glue trap, with iNews reporting that RSPCA staff tried to remove the glue from its beak, legs and feathers, but were sadly unable to save it.

Of course, this is not an isolated incident and there are, in fact, hundreds of cases where other wildlife and domestic pets have found themselves caught in a glue trap. Between 2016 and 2020, the RSPCA’s cruelty line received 236 reports of such incidents involving garden birds, cats, hedgehogs, squirrels and a parrot.

Adam Grogan, head of wild animal science and policy with the charity, said: “We’re opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps because they cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch, ensnaring wild animals like birds and even pets.”

The glue traps (offences) bill is currently making its way through Parliament, with the aim being to make most uses of these glue traps illegal in England, with some exemptions that are due to be debated soon.

Commenting on the use of glue traps here at The Exterminator Pest Control, our Alison Smith says: “The use of glue boards and the sale should be limited to fully qualified pest control professionals.

“These need to be used in extreme circumstances only and all guidance should be followed as per the British Pest Control Association. No glue boards should be left on site unattended, in our opinion.”


If you have an infestation of any kind and need our help, get in touch with the team today to see what we can do.