A glue trap in the form of a glue board is extremely effective at catching a mouse humanely. The glue immobilises the mouse and it remains stuck on the board. However, this is not the end of it, and you have to free it. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to even look at a mouse and even go near it. I have seen grown bodybuilders faint at the sight of a mouse; however, you have to ask yourself one question, “Are you a man or a mouse?”
Usually, these little god’s creatures are afraid of people, and their first instinct is to run away and hide. It is extremely unlikely that they might attack you, and the ones in UK are much civilised, so you might as well release them.
Mice have feelings too, they are sentient, aware of their surroundings, they communicate to each other in squeaks, and they even grieve and look for their missing siblings. Therefore, it is extremely cruel to leave one stuck to a glue board to die. It is very un-Christian, un-Buddhist, and un-Hindu, to let the poor creature die like that. A field mouse can live happily in the field, and it is a part of our eco structure. There is absolutely no reason to kill it.
Use Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil
To release the mouse, all you have to do is pour quarter of a cup of vegetable oil over it and the surrounding area and the mouse will do the rest. Usually, if they have enough energy, they automatically wriggle free. They seem to know that they can free themselves and begin wriggling automatically.
You should make sure the mouse wriggles free, and does not become stuck elsewhere on the board. If the mouse has been stuck for many hours, it may not have enough energy to wriggle free but it is better to be patient, than to poke it with a stick, as you will likely damage it.
Say Goodbye... Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow...
Once the mouse is free, it will lick itself to clean away the oil. Perhaps have a little stretch and walk around for a bit before finding a new home. As you can see, this one is not afraid of me because he knows I am there to help. He appears to be very happy that he is now free. I freed him near my old wooden shed, which has a small community of field mice to keep him company. Since he has met the great and legendary Peter Vis, he will grow up to be a fine field mouse and contribute to the ecology. :-)