You don’t need to be an animal lover to understand why human wildlife removal is important. There are plenty of things to take into consideration when making a decision on how to deal with so-called pests invading your home or surrounding area. And while insects may truly be a nuisance and don’t really warrant humane efforts in most cases, when it comes to wildlife, you should always hire professional help which can offer a humane method of removing the animals.
Problems with poison, snares and traps
Keep in mind when you find a family of raccoons or skunks have settled on your property, they’re just looking out for their own, trying to raise their family. For the most part, this won’t take too long, as the young ones will become adults in a matter of months, and if they don’t cause any problems maybe removal isn’t even really needed. But if they indeed pose a threat to your pets or children, or cause damage to your property, hire professional help to humanely remove them from the location.
Most people would jump at the opportunity to show their dominance in the food chain by using traps, snares or poisons. And there’s a bunch of problems with any of these methods. Just think of what you’d be doing: you’d be poisoning the parents of some helpless creatures. In their efforts to rear their young, the parents may even pass on the poison to their litter – and if you think those poisons are anything close to a humane way of dealing with wildlife, you’re wrong. Think of it this way: those animals have no sense of property. To them, you’re the intruder into their natural habitat, you’re the one after them. In most cases, they’ll only react to whatever you’re doing and otherwise mind their own business. Never mind the fact that most wildlife won’t even want to come live near you if your property is properly secured and you don’t offer them a free meal by leaving your trashcans exposed and easily accessible.
Another major problem with poisons is that there are almost always negative consequences that span way over those suffered by the targeted animal. Say you successfully deploy rat poison, the rat eats it and then wanders out. Commercially available poisons, for the most part, don’t kill instantly. Nor do they guarantee that animals will go out foraging for water and leave your property, which means you’ll end up, in most cases, with a dead rat in an inaccessible place. But say the rat does get outside – its body full of poison, it will either die out there or be an easy catch for something like a fox. That fox is now, in the best-case scenario, facing a couple of days of agonizing pain and distress because of that poison. And in most cases, it’ll die as well – maybe leaving a whole bunch of fox pups to die as well. These are natural predators to the rats that have been plaguing your property in the first place, and all you’ve done with poison is ensure the rat population will steadily keep on growing. You are directly or indirectly contributing to the problem you’re trying to prevent.
As for traps and snares, luckily enough for the wildlife, most states have severe restrictions on using them within certain distances of homes. These are cruel and unnecessary methods through which some choose to get rid of wildlife – it causes immense pain for the animal, and they die out from bleeding or starvation/dehydration in case they’re trapped and can’t escape. Those who do escape end up dying from infections of the wounds caused by the snares and traps. This is a disgusting practice that sadly is still being considered as a viable method of dealing with wildlife, even if there are express laws in most states preventing such measures. And never mind the horrible thing you’re doing to the wildlife – you’re also exposing yourself, your family, kids and your pets to the risk of getting caught or hurt by these traps.
The humane alternative
Regardless of what kind of wildlife is invading your home or your surrounding space, always make sure that you either consult or directly hire a professional wildlife removing service instead of dealing with the problem yourself through some of the heinous methods presented above, or hiring a pest company who will do the same but charge you an extra penny for their ‘effort’, or lack thereof. A human wildlife removal service will approach the problem in a way that not only gets your home wildlife-free, but also makes sure the animals don’t suffer and get a chance at a decent life in the wild.
These kinds of professionals will actually catch the animals alive and remove them, alongside their entire family if they have one, and they relocate them to a safe spot, away from other people who might be disturbed by their presence. In some cases, if the situation warrants it, they can even opt to place them in reservations, depending on the animal involved and whether or not it needs extra protection – they’ll never immediately revert to killing the animal.
Surely enough, poisons and traps may have their uses from time to time and in very special circumstances. But for the most part, the person who’s being invaded by the wildlife is untrained in wildlife removal. So, they won’t be able to assess the situations accordingly and take the necessary, proportional steps in making sure the animals are dealt with in a humane manner which won’t disrupt them, and much less hurt them. Always make sure that you hire a wildlife removal professional to deal with these kinds of situations, or at least give them a call for some guidance before you set up unnecessary traps or poisons. Why Humane Wildlife Removal is Important