Overall it is probably safe to say people love animals—just ask any dog, cat, fish, turtle, gerbil, or hamster owner. The list of animals people like to keep for pets could go on and on, but there are times when people don’t want animals—or at least certain animals—around. The trick for some may be in figuring out how to deal with the ones they don’t want.
Certain ones can be bad for businesses like the self storage industry. For example, birds can build nests in or near ventilation and potentially cause problems. Mice can get into units and damage people’s belongings. Then there is the excrement issue for either one as well.
Since creatures like mice and birds can be a hindrance to operating a self storage facility it is expected for managers to figure out a way to deal with them. What’s important to remember is that while the end goal is to get rid of them it is not necessary to do so in a cruel and/or unusual way.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) likely understands why a self storage facility wants to get rid of mice; they just hope that facilities try to be humane about it and don’t do things like use glue traps.
If you have never seen a mouse caught in a glue trap count yourself lucky. All a glue trap consists of is a piece of cardboard coated with some incredibly strong adhesive. When a mouse steps on it he/she can’t get loose. Pretty much until they die they do whatever they can to attempt to get loose including trying to chew off their own limbs.
If the struggle to escape doesn’t kill them starvation will.
A number of self storage companies recently announced that they will no longer be using glue traps to deal with mice. Westport Properties announced that they removed any that were in use and banned them from being used again in their 6o+ self storage facilities.
“…By removing and banning glue traps, Westport Properties has spared countless mice, birds, and other small animals a terrifying and painful end,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch.
For their efforts PETA has said that it will be awarding Westport Properties with a Compassionate Company Award along with a box of mouse shaped chocolate. Extra Space Storage has also pledged to remove all glue traps and ban their future use in the 974 self storage facilities they operate.
“Westport Properties Receives PETA Award for Banning Glue Traps.” PETA; 08 August 2013.
“How Do You Handle Pesky Birds?” Self Storage Industry News; 27 June 2013.