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Wildlife: Facts, Identification & Control
Why is it important to call a PMP when you need wildlife control?
Wildlife control and damage mitigation often involve hazards such as working in cramped, hot and enclosed spaces. In addition, the target animals can present potential hazards such as biting, scratching, and the risk of being exposed to wildlife (zoonotic) diseases. The following are important reasons for choosing to use a pest management professional (PMP) for wildlife control:
PHYSICAL SAFETY RISKS TO HOMEOWNERS
- One of the most common problems associated with wildlife control is accidents and falls. When the job requires trapping, exclusion, or wildlife removal, the person doing the work is exposed to potential falls from ladders, injury from bites and scratches, and exposure to wildlife diseases. Common hazards include falling through a ceiling while moving in the attic and bumping one’s head on pipes and vent ducts in the crawl space.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS & HUMANE TREATMENT
- While states may not require a license to perform wildlife control on your property, it is always best to hire a professional company that has the required training, certificates, and licenses to perform the work.
- Law in all states requires humane treatment of wildlife. This includes humane care of wildlife species if trapped or excluded from their habitat, nest, or den sites. If trapping is a part of the overall wildlife control program, the animal must have both food and water available when in the trap. Therefore, most States require that traps be inspected at least once every day. Failure to do so results in the possibility of fines and potential loss of licensing.
- The wildlife control program must be carried out to avoid adversely affecting any non-target wildlife. Since pest management professionals know about the habits and habitat of their target species, they will exercise care to avoid using techniques that will affect non-targets such as pets and other harmless animals.
EFFECTIVE & EFFICIENT
- By conducting a thorough inspection and assessment, the pest management professional will know which cultural controls and habitat modifications are effective and worth doing. This is important for long-term control of the wildlife problem. Unless changes are made to the factors that attract wildlife, more than likely it will result in frequent, long-standing wildlife problems. Therefore, hire a pest management professional who knows the habits and habitats specific to each pest animal. This is important since various species often require different techniques of removal, exclusion, or termination in order to be effective.
- Hiring a pest management professional to do the required wildlife damage and control work is almost always faster and more effective than DIY methods. Since excluding wildlife is usually the most effective long-term control method, employ a pest management professional who has the experience and know-how to exclude wildlife from decks, crawl spaces, attics, outside sheds, gardens, and landscaped areas of personal property.
- Zoonotic diseases are infections that animals can pass to people through bites, feces, urine, or external parasites. Probably the best known and most serious of these diseases is rabies, a virus that attacks not only wildlife but people and pets, as well. To be safe, never handle or try to trap an animal that seems to be sick or showing unusual behavior. Leave the procedure to pest management professionals or local animal damage control experts.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
- Pest management professionals offer annual preventive service and maintenance agreements and will provide service warranties for the work they do. Pest management professionals will often provide free estimates, so homeowners know what is needed to complete the job and at what cost.
- Pest management professionals are experienced and know what works. They are able to help homeowners make decisions based on facts and experience, rather than exaggerations from Internet advertising or incorrect urban myths.
- Pest management professionals use the proper protective equipment to ensure both their health and the health of clients and their pets.