Glueboard traps to be prohibited

4 December 2009

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has announced new regulations affecting the sale and use of rodent glueboard traps.

As of 1 January 2010 the use of glueboards to catch rodents, including mice and rats, is prohibited. The use of glueboards for insects is not affected.

Commercial pest control operators; people employed to conduct pest control on food production premises (excluding retail); Department of Conservation employees and contractors; and boat operators working in close proximity to certain pest-free islands are permitted to use glueboards in the course of their work until the end of 2014.

From 1 January 2015, the use and sale of glueboards by anyone is prohibited.

MAF Director Animal Welfare, David Bayvel, says the new regulations send a clear message that glueboards are no longer acceptable from an animal welfare perspective.

"There are welfare concerns over the pain and distress exhibited by captured rodents, the length of time they may be left on the traps and the potential for inhumane disposal. With these new regulations people and groups who routinely use glueboards as part of their business are encouraged to investigate and develop alternatives that are more humane."

More information about glueboards, including a copy of the new regulations, can be found in the Standards & Codes section at

Approval of the use or sale of a glueboard where it would otherwise be prohibited (and where it is in the public interest and no viable alternatives are available) can be gained from the Minister of Agriculture. Using or selling a restricted glueboard trap is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act, carrying a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison or a $25,000 fine for an individual, or a fine of up to $125,000 for a body corporate.

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