Eastern Fence Lizard Saved From Glue Trap
January 23, 2020
If you are using glue traps to rid your house of unwanted pests, please reconsider. These devices are like gill nets in that they trap virtually everything that comes into contact with them. Officers with Chesterfield Animal Services in Chesterfield County, VA safely removed an eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) from a glue trap that a citizen had brought into the facility. The officers used mineral oil to mitigate the glue the reptile was stuck in and safely returned it where it was found. #Wedontlikestickytraps, CAS tweeted out with a picture of officers working to save the lizard.
Chesterfield Animal Services
A little mineral oil and a bit of elbow grease helped safely remove this eastern fence lizard from a glue trap.
Also called sticky traps, animals that get stuck in these traps die a slow and painful death.
In addition to mineral oil, you can safely use vegetable oils and olive oils to safely remove reptiles that are stuck in glue traps. Even butter works. Smooth peanut butter apparently works as well. Just a friendly reminder that glue traps capture virtually everything that steps in the trap. There are more humane remedies to rid your home of unwanted critters. Glue traps aren’t it.
Today, our officers rescued an Eastern Fence Lizard that a citizen brought to us who had gotten stuck in a glue trap. With a little mineral oil and patience, he was free! He has been safely returned where he was found. #didwejustsavemoneyoncarinsurance #wedontlikestickytraps pic.twitter.com/9E78XPGO0G— Chesterfield Animal Services (@ccpdanimalsvcs) January 23, 2020