Live vs Kill Traps
Live versus Kill. One of those debates that has staunch defenders on both sides. It is not our intent to support the use of either live or kill traps to get rid of your pest in this Field Guide, but just show you the differences with pictures of live vs kill traps so you can grasp what is being debated and you can make your choice.
- Kill traps don’t always kill. Often the animal or insect or whatever gets into the trap does not die instantly and they suffer or experience maiming and these factors foster fierce debate.
- Kill traps kill non intended animals or insects. If a kill trap catches an animal or insect you are not trying to catch, it can not be released because if the unintended catch gets caught in a live trap, it can be released. This is also an issue of fierce debate.
- Live traps are often used as a kill trap. For example, a suitcase trap or body trap on land immobilizes the animal…but when set up underwater… drowns the animal. Or a skunk or squirrel caught in a wire cage box trap is then placed underwater and drowns. This use also fosters fierce debate.