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Common Mistakes Made by DIY Animal Control

No one wants to share their home with wildlife invaders. The risks are many ranging from the inconvenience and embarrassment of their presence in sight and smell to the health risks faced when they transmit diseases to human beings.

So, it is understandable that a homeowner’s first reaction to a wildlife infestation problem is to attempt DIY methods. But many DIY methods are doomed to fail from the moment they are imagined. Today we’ll explain why these methods are almost always sure to fail.

When it comes to sealing vents, even the smallest missed hole can become an entry.

Using Chemicals and Poisons

Humane animal control experts oppose the deliberate use of poisonous chemicals by untrained individuals attempting DIY animal control measures because the potential consequences are grave. For one, the poisons may end up tainting food supplies, especially if not handled professionally. Young children sometimes end up victims of these DIY measures. Additionally using poisons as animal control tools deal a serious blow to the wildlife species that are already under the threat of declining numbers. With the humane alternatives provided by experts such as the team at Skedaddle, you get to relieve yourself of the annoyance of wild animals without further adding to the problem facing our natural environment.

Using Ineffective Traps or Baits

Baiting is an age-old practice for capturing and removing unwanted animals from certain spaces. But baits can be ineffective if they are either too weak or simply unsuitable for the animal being targeted. Some types of bait simply do not appeal to the animal and so they remain intact as days, weeks and months pass by. In some situations, bait intended for the purpose of killing or stunning animals may be wholly consumed by them without the desired effect.

Setting Baits or Traps in the Wrong Places

Without detailed knowledge of the characteristic traits and habits of wildlife species, you won’t really know what sections of your home they frequent. Many times the places where people think animals frequent and the places they set their traps are nowhere near the reality of the animal’s behaviour. This means you may be wasting your time setting traps as they’ll never serve their purpose.

Skipping the Cleanup Phase

Many people fail to recognize the importance of an effective and thorough cleanup after animal removal. Animals, especially rodents, leave biological evidence of their existence behind. These biological items are usually teeming with viruses and bacteria which means that long after animals are gone, they still pose a threat to you and your family.

Soffits, if not properly secured can be an easy access for raccoons to your attic.

Immediately Sealing a Hole or Crevice

Wildlife species that invade homes are usually the survivalists. They are very smart and adaptable. When you seal a hole or crevice, these animals will make other exits or entrances, which result in even more breaches in your home. In fact, sometimes the sealing of a hole has absolutely no effect since the critter has already created several other such access points.

Unlike specialists who provide animal control services, the DIY animal remover is often misled into thinking that attempts to remove animals have been successful. You may, for example, think that the absence of the sounds associated with the animals means they are no longer around. This may lead you to close perceived entrance points prematurely. Many times you actually end up trapping the animal inside, and when the animal dies the stench will be unbearable.  Or the animal could just migrate to another section of the home as explained above.

If you really want to get wildlife animals out of your space and keep them out, your best option is to call in the experts. Don’t allow yourself to face the embarrassment of being outsmarted by a survival savvy mouse, squirrel or skunk.  Get expert animal control services on the job now.


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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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