How to Remove Sticky Trap Glue

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Glue traps use a very strong adhesive to snare mice and other pests in the home. Considered inhumane by many, the traps can also be problematic when their tenacious glue ends up where it's not supposed to be.

Removal from Skin and Hair

Step 1

Start by pulling the trap away from the skin -- when stuck on human or pet skin or hair -- very slowly to avoid tearing skin or pulling hair out, and to minimize the amount of glue that comes away from the trap.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of vegetable oil, mineral oil or baby oil after the trap is removed to any glue that remains on it. Smooth peanut butter works particularly well to remove it from hair as well. Do not use solvents or paint thinner on skin.

Step 3

Allow the oil to remain on the glue for several minutes to soften it, and then use a dry cloth to wipe away the glue.

Step 4

Repeat the application of oil as necessary until all the glue is gone, then remove the remaining oil with soap and water.

Removal from Fabric

When annoying trap glue gets on clothing, fabric, upholstered furniture or other porous surfaces, the safest way to remove it is to use cold temperatures to freeze the glue. Place clothing or other small fabric items in the freezer until the glue solidifies and then peel it off the fabric. For glue stuck to furniture or carpet, apply a cold ice pack or plastic bag filled with ice cubes to the glue; keep the ice pack in place for several minutes until the glue gets brittle, and then peel or scrape it off.

Removal from Floors

Glue on flooring and other hard surfaces can be removed using the same oil technique used for removing glue from skin. On surfaces that won't be damaged by paint thinner, turpentine or cleaning solvents, these stronger agents may remove glue faster and more easily than vegetable oil will. Allow the solvent to sit on the glue for several minutes before wiping it away with a dry cloth. Clean the surface with soap and water after the glue is gone.

Warning

  • Only use solvents in a well-ventilated area, and test it on an inconspicuous part of the surface to verify that it does not damage the surface's finish before you use it in a highly visible area.

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