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A few moments ago I had caught a baby mouse-bro that made it's way into my birds cage.

I placed a glue near it, caught it, & felt REALLY bad for it. Guys, you had to see this mouse-bro. It was stupid cute. How dare he--!!!

So I took it out front near a tree, poured warm water on it, & set it free.

My question is---

Have you ever set a pest free?



Be it a mouse, bug, your ex, or anything you'd consider a pest?

This wasn't the first time I've set free a mouse, but normally I wouldn't do this.

Do you think it's fine to let them go?

Maybe you'd rather leave things to chance, & leave em on the trap?

Do you think a glue trap would catch your Mage friend? yes?? YOU LIAR! (I've tried. Doesn't work..)

Whatever you answer is, please feel free to post about it down below!
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I have set insects free or left them be before. Usually i kill them though.
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MrAnimeSK wrote:

I have set insects free or left them be before. Usually i kill them though.


Same here! Lady bugs, & pill bugs.

Pill bugs are cool. All they do is eat wet wood,
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Mico171 wrote:

A few moments ago I had caught a baby mouse-bro that made it's way into my birds cage.

I placed a glue near it, caught it, & felt REALLY bad for it. Guys, you had to see this mouse-bro. It was stupid cute. How dare he--!!!

So I took it out front near a tree, poured warm water on it, & set it free.


dude i seriously did the exact same thing. i felt so bad seeing it in the glue trap.

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My mother was terrified of spiders, to the point that I couldn't kill them in the house because she was afraid they'd come back to haunt her or something. I do kill them occasionally these days if I'm feeling lazy, but the catch & release spiders outdoors habit is pretty ingrained at this point. Besides, once you've caught'em under a glass you can admire them.. or terrorize people with them.

My primary rodent-traps have always been cats, and the results are typically fatal. You could say they're being set free in a sense...
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Yes, when I was a kid, I used to catch bees and put them in a jar
But then decided to set them all free because I felt bad
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The only pests I do not catch/release are flies/mosquitoes as they're a PITA to catch...


Spiders, cockroaches, whatever - I'll catch them if I can and release them.

We live rurally, so it's not unusual to have birds, wasps etc trying to make nests in our bedroom, for example...
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Why use glue traps?

They're inhumane traps that just torture the animal on it. Animals caught on them can break their bones on it or try to gnaw off a limb to escape. Some people leave them on there and throw them in the garbage to die slowly and painfully of dehydration/starvation. That's no way to kill any trapped animal.

They should be outlawed IMO. What's wrong with a quick killing trap, like a snap trap? Or even a cage trap? Glue is cruel. Don't use it.



Maybe you'd rather leave things to chance, & leave em on the trap?

Why is this even an option?

Never, EVER leave them on the trap. Either free them, or humanely kill the animal. Don't make the animal suffer.
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Mico171 wrote:


MrAnimeSK wrote:

I have set insects free or left them be before. Usually i kill them though.


Same here! Lady bugs, & pill bugs.

Pill bugs are cool. All they do is eat wet wood,


Spiders and cockroaches must die! but yeah i aint got anything against other bugs. Well i hate flies and mossies and if there are too many ants.
Oh i hate moths also.
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Why do people insist on using glue traps?

They're torture traps. If the animal doesn't break its bones trying to break free, it skins itself alive or gnaws off a limb. If it doesn't, it dehydrates and starves to death.

Shouldn't be using glue traps at all. What's wrong with a quick killing trap, like a snap trap? Or even a cage trap? Glue is cruel. Don't use it.



Maybe you'd rather leave things to chance, & leave em on the trap?

Never, EVER leave them on the trap. Either free them, or humanely kill the animal.


i agree i was pretty horrified by the glue traps. I was living in my aunts house at the time and the pest control guy set them up but it had to be the most inhumane thing ive seen people doing so casually. well maybe not the most but it was really awful. I think a good thing to do is just keep your dam house clean so pests go elsewhere then you don't have to exterminate them. .
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I don't kill anything intentionally.
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DarksirenxX wrote:

i agree i was pretty horrified by the glue traps. I was living in my aunts house at the time and the pest control guy set them up but it had to be the most inhumane thing ive seen people doing so casually. well maybe not the most but it was really awful. I think a good thing to do is just keep your dam house clean so pests go elsewhere then you don't have to exterminate them. .

I just don't see the point of them when we have a wide variety of snapping type traps, or traps that electrocute them (dead in under a second). Or even cage traps where you can let the animal go or do the deed humanely yourself.

There's a good reason why glue traps are banned in many countries. People just lack imagination and empathy.

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Yes, I free pests all the time. Only you can answer your question. For me, letting them go is almost always the right thing to do. Ant's and roaches aren't included on my list of critters I'll rescue though. I have let mice go, freed raccoons from traps and I routinely save insects from my dogs/cats water bowls. I don't like the thought of something drowning. I don't like spiders but routinely catch them and throw them outside if they get in. I try not to accidentally or purposely or kill anything if I don't have to. I don't like taking life, even an insects and while that life may seem insignificant to us there could come a day when another life form views us as insignificant. I don't know what kind of life an insect has exactly but it's their life. It's all it knows and I'd rather not take that life. Most critters, even bugs will try really hard to flee or run away from you. We also flee when in danger. That alone tells me that they want to live. Even if it's pure instinct that fact alone means they think in some fashion and feel fear. If they can feel fear then they can feel pain.

And yeah, glue traps are nasty business. Much more humane ways to keep pests out. Keeping a clean house is the best way. I don't know. I'm just a big wuss when it comes to wildlife and life in general. I'm allergic to bee's and wasp stings but last year these yellowjackets ended up making a nest inside this little bell on some wind chimes that hung on my front porch. For days I agonized with killing them with spray and finally I just said screw it. Put a coat on, got some gloves and slowly picked up the chimes off their hook and relocated them. They lived through the whole summer and I didn't get stung by them. It was the freaking red wasps that got me last year. I'd probably relocate them too. Yeah, I'm a wuss but at the end of the day it just feels like the right thing for me to do.
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The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. - Albert Einstein
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I don't kill spiders.
In our old house the spiders built a huge web on the patio ceiling
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