Releasing a Child or Pet from a Glue Trap Safely and Efficiently

Discovering that your child or pet has accidentally come into contact with a glue trap can be distressing. However, with the right steps, you can ensure a safe and efficient release. Follow these instructions:

Stay Calm: Your composed demeanor will help keep the child or pet calm. Approach the situation with a reassuring tone and remember there are no harmful chemicals in the adhesive and your child or pet is in no danger of exposure to potentially toxic substances. 

Safety First: If it's a child, gently explain that you're going to help. If it's a pet, speak in a calming voice and, if necessary, have another person assist to hold the pet gently.

Materials: Cooking oil or food-grade mineral oil, paper towels, and a soft cloth or towel.


  1. Sprinkle shredded paper or torn bits of paper towel around the exposed glue area to prevent further entanglement.
  2. Gently massage a light coating of olive or food-grade mineral oil on and around the contact area.
  3. Gently separate the glue surface from skin or fur.
  4. Clean with soap and water.
  5. Discard the used glue board or tray in a sturdy bag and put in the trash can.

Aftercare: Moisturize the skin to prevent any dryness or irritation.

Prevention: While glue traps are a safe and effective pest control method, placing them in areas inaccessible to children and pets is essential.

Always remember, in any situation where you're unsure or feel that professional assistance might be necessary, don't hesitate to seek medical or veterinary help. Safety is paramount.