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While poison seems like a quick and easy method of controlling nuisance wildlife
, there are many reasons to avoid using poison.
Ethical concerns are a good reason to go poison-free. Poisons will prolong an animal’s suffering and lead to unbearable pain in the last few moments of the animal’s life. This is because of the internal bleeding and hemorrhages caused by poison.
The environment and other animals are another reason to avoid using poison. Innocent or even beneficial wildlife might stumble upon the poison and consume it. This can kill many innocent animals, which can harm the ecosystem. It also puts your pets in danger since they might fall for the poison themselves.
If you’re a practical person and don’t care about ethics or the environment, you’ll still want to avoid using poison. That’s because it’s known to kill animals while they’re still in or around your home, often in hard-to-reach spots. That’s why poison often leads to disease-ridden and rotten corpses in your home, which can be a bigger problem than the wildlife itself.
Trapping wildlife is one of the best alternatives to using poison.
Humans have been trapping animals for hundreds of thousands of years, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are hundreds or thousands of different traps out there. These range from something as simple as a snap trap, to something modern and electric. Some traps are designed for specific species, while others are general purpose and have a wide variety of uses.
If you don’t want to hurt the animal, then you can still trap them
using a number of humane and live traps. For example, live traps are ideal to use for raccoon trapping
These are quick to set up, easy to use, and only need you to check up on them every once in a while. Making traps the perfect method for most wildlife control problems.
To start trapping wildlife, you’ll first have to purchase a trap.
Once that’s done, you have to watch the animal to understand where to place the trap.
Then you have to set up the trap according to its specifications. It’s a good idea to place bait during this stage, but it’s not strictly required.
After that, you just sit back and wait for the animal to be caught.
Exclusion techniques are some of the most popular in the wildlife control industry. These techniques focus on removing animals from the inside of your home and preventing them from ever getting back in.
The idea is to seal up any entries the animals can use to get inside your home except one. You can then force the animal to leave your home through the last entry before sealing it up. That way wildlife will never be able to get inside.
Wildlife control might also involve the use of repellents
. These can be naturally found herbs and plants that bother the animal. Or it might be new technology that creates an annoying noise that only wildlife can hear.
Either way, this can be a useful method of removing wildlife, though it isn’t the most reliable.
Trapping might be the best way of removing wildlife once they’re already bothering you, but nothing’s as effective as taking the right preventative measures. Below are some prevention tips
By cleaning your home regularly, keeping food sources hidden and out of reach, and building a few useful habits, you can prevent wildlife
from ever looking at your home or bothering you.
You could also repair damaged parts of your home, as these might give the critters a way into your house. You could even build a fence if you don’t have one already, as this prevents many animals from strolling into your home.
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