Use Cooking Oil to Remove Sticky Residue Off Fur

I had a mouse in the house and placed the sticky tray traps where it was invading. Even though I thought I'd placed them out of the reach of my dogs, my Lhasa got into one and it stuck to her fur. What a mess! I had to cut it off and then tried everything to get the sticky goo off her fur to no avail. She was a mess.


I called my vet and she advised me to use regular cooking oil and rub it in the goo and then use a rag to wipe it clean. Took a little effort, but it worked. I couldn't believe it. My dog's lifesaver and my wallet's. It may or may not work on tar, etc., but it's worth the try. Hope this is useful.

By MaryEllen from Mounds, OK

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

June 22, 20102 found this helpful

Please, please, please, don't use those sticky mouse traps. You may not like mice, but this is the most terrible and torturous way of getting rid of them. Sometimes they will chew their feet of to try and get away, and the distress must be appalling. I don't worry about them, and so don't know how to make them go away. I have a pair that come and take cheese from my hand. I rather like them. Please don't do this to a living, feeling creature, try and imagine its terror instead, and find a more humane way to deal with your problem.


Leah from Australia.

Reply Was this helpful? 2
June 22, 20101 found this helpful

What a cruel thing to put stickey traps for your visiting mice. Please don't cause so much pain and suffering. Think or a second what these poor creatures go through. Peppermint oil placed in spots near where the mice might like repels them beautifully. Study mice and you will see how intelligent they are. Mother instincts are supurb. Please don't cause pain and suffering to any creature.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
November 10, 20170 found this helpful

I will send all the mice to your house then.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 23, 20101 found this helpful

I am sorry if I offended anyone with my tip to help my beloved pet in her dilemma. I am a true lover of pets and an advocate for pet welfare. I have adopted many pets in my life and will continue to do so. However, mice that are from the outside and invade my home are a health hazard. And when they eat my food and destroy my cherished possessions, I am not appreciative.


I do not want to expose my pets to them nor me.

My objective of my tip was to help pet lovers to help their pet if they encountered goop that can be difficult to clean off. Again, if I offended anyone, I'm sorry. But, I don't like mice in my house! They carry diseases that I can't cope with.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
November 2, 20161 found this helpful

OF COURSE. I'm with you 100% on protecting your home
from unwelcome invaders, whatever it takes. Thanks for the
tip on getting goop out of fur.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
June 24, 20100 found this helpful

Over 15 years ago, while visiting family who had sticky mouse traps, I had a parrot get stuck on one. My avian vet and the parrot hotline recommended using Dawn (straight from the bottle, not diluted in water) to get the stick off my hawkhead parrot. It worked perfectly.


A bird's system is delicate and its skin can absorb anything on it. Dawn is non-toxic to birds and animals.

Should it happen again, try it next time.

To the individuals who responded regarding using stickly traps, shame on you for chastising someone for using them. While you might prefer not to use them, some folks can't handle regular mousetraps or putting out poison because of little children around. This member was asking for help in removing the sticky glue on the traps, and not looking to be criticized for using them.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 19, 20180 found this helpful

I hate to admit that we used these traps. We lived in a very bad area of the city ( Roaches in the summer mice in the winter but the roaches were somewhat controllable )


when I saw what it did to the mice ; it broke my heart,
however, we had an infestation and even had western pest come out;
for a yearly charge they promised they would get rid of anything and they are a great company but after the fifth or six time the guy told me get a cat because youre the only house without one and theyre all coming here but my son was deathly allergic to cats. ( and my neighbors with cats still had them anyway )
It was an awful situation I wish they could figure out a more humane way to get rid of these creatures;
we tried EVERYTHING!
They were found in bags of food they ran across my childrens beds in the middle
Of the night ; i woke up to find one staring at me: I couldnt sleep, I couldnt eat; every time I heard a sound I swore it was THEM.
Seeing this post reminded me of what we went through the two horrid years we lived in that house: so I Agree wait until you know the full extent of someones problem because this happened to my family in 2006-2007 and it still gives me nightmares.

I took NOTHING from that house kitchen wise; there were mice droppings in the bottom of the oven . I would find them in bowls. I grew frightened to eat from anything that came from our kitchen.( and took NOTHING from that kitchen when we moved )
It was bad and those horrible mouse traps were one of the very few things that even remotely tamed them down until we ( mercifully ) got out of that place and to this day my kids who were @ 3 and 5 at the time and now are 14/16 say Remember the mouse house ! Ugh sorry to go on and on but again walk a mile in anothers shoes before making judgement.
Some times people literally have no other choice. Those other traps with the cheese ? HA! you would hear a SNAP and would run to find the cheese AND no mice! I swear I heard them laughing at us! Now I can make jokes but at the time oh my it was awful just awful...

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 20, 20180 found this helpful

One time in northern CA, the house we'd just moved into, we realized there were mice coming and going from under the kitchen sink area.

My dad had the best idea of how to rid those mice without harming them and it worked like a charm.

Take a waste basket, medium or tall, and make a ramp (a board) that goes up to the waste basket (so they can walk up it), and they will walk up it happily if you put a "tiny" bit of peanut butter every so many inches to the top of the board. That's what baits them to climb up the board.

Then place a tiny bit of peanut butter at the edge of the waste basket (on the inside) and then place another dab of peanut butter a few inches down further from that (also on the inside of the waste basket) - and keep placing little dabs until you're almost to the bottom of the waste basket (all on the inside).

What happens is, the mice will walk up the 'plank/board' as the peanut butter dabs will draw them to the top of the waste basket,
then when they see there's MORE on the inside, they will bend over to try and reach the peanut butter on the inside wall of the waste basket, and then.....they fall in, and cannot climb out.

Do this before you go to bed at night, and in the morning, you'll find your mice all inside of the waste basket unable to climb out, and then you can take them to a field or anywhere else to let them go.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
September 8, 20141 found this helpful

I'm with ya on the not wanting a mouse invasion (a recurring issue at my home as well). I do love animals, and I do think mice are cute (we've had one who would come out from behind the fridge at night and drink from the pet water bowl, and learned not to worry about people walking by...we also fed the little bugger on several occasions. He wouldn't eat from our hands, but he'd come close...)

But, having two family members with pretty hefty allergies to mouse urine (my son and myself), we can't tolerate it for too long.

But, I also MUST agree, sorry if anyone takes offense to my opinion, that glue traps are JUST about the MOST inhumane thing going. Just a few moments thought of what it'd be like to be stuck on one for minutes, hours...the rest of your short life...SHOULD be enough to keep any non-inherently-cruel person from using them.

Not condemning anyone who's put them out--sometimes, in desperation, we don't always consider fully what we do. No exemptions (DEFINITELY myself included).

But, please consider the ramifications. There are other options.

There is a product called a 'Mice Cube', which I've found to be the BEST mouse trap around. It's an elongated cube with a swinging door, which only opens in. Little pegs keep it from swinging the other way. To release a trapped mouse, you just take it outside and flip it upside down on the ground. The little door flips down, and the critter bounces away into the woods (though they sometimes think about it for a few seconds...if they take too long, just give the trap a little shake--they make up their little minds REAL quick!)

The only concern with the Mice Cube is ventilation. Even though these traps've been out for YEARS, they STILL have the SAME, tiny, inadequate vent holes. This is easily remedied by heating up the end of a pair of scissors or a small screwdriver with a lighter and twisting it in the holes a couple times to enlarge them a bit (not TOO much, though, or a crafty mouse might hook her tiny teeth in there and chew herself free).

Be sure to check the traps EVERY day (maybe even twice a day), as the little animals will die in there if left too long. (Mice Cubes are clear-ish, so you can see right through them if there's a mouse in there or not). Of course, you will have put a little piece of cracker with peanut butter (or some other pungent mousey favorite) in there with them, so that'll sustain them for several hours).

Check 'em out--just search for 'Mice Cube' on They're currently under $10 for a four-pack.

Karma, and I, thank you for considering the plight of those whose fates we decide. You're awesome!

Reply Was this helpful? 1
February 6, 20171 found this helpful

I hate mice, I have a brand new 2016 Jeep Cherokee and everyday I check under the hood to find field mice poop. Does anyone know how to stop this problem for good? Set traps and got two killed but seems to be more.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
February 26, 20161 found this helpful

Glue traps are really cruel...

Reply Was this helpful? 1
December 9, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks. Pro tip!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
March 27, 20170 found this helpful

This exact same thing happened to my puppy tonight. I'm going to give this a try.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 14, 20170 found this helpful

The cooking oil works don't panic your will be fine my wiener dog step in A rat board. cooking oil does the trick and to keep the animal from not letting follow up put were the cooking oil wont damage anything and let the oil do its work the glue will lose its sticky property s and you can use soap and water to clean up the oil and mess on your dog.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 14, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for posting this, worked a treat on my grass seed residue-d dog. Loosened the sticky stuff so I could brush him really well, great tip.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
February 12, 20180 found this helpful

There is a fundamental inconsistency to inflicting such a horror on one species and then seeking sympathy when that hideous device gets on your favored pet. Id call it karma. Leve the mice alone, and poof! Your sticky problem is gone. At the very least, please find a humane method of segregating the mice from your small circle of affection for animals.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content
In This Guide
Pets AdviceJune 22, 2010
Christmas Ideas!
Thanksgiving Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2018 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2018/11/15 17:11:06 in 1 secs. ⛅️️
Loading Something Awesome!