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Is wildlife control licensed in Ontario?

Living with wildlife inside your home can be stressful. It can also be difficult to decide which wildlife control service to hire. Most homeowners don’t have experience dealing with wildlife so it’s crucial to find someone you trust. But, this is tough when the wildlife control industry is loosely controlled by the province. Here’s what you need to know about Ontario’s wildlife control industry.

Pest control is licensed, but wildlife control is not.

The difference between pest and wildlife control seems miniscule, but there’s quite a large gap between the two professions. Wildlife control focuses more on larger animals specifically raccoons, squirrels, skunks, birds and so on. Pest control services are primarily involved in dealing with insects and rodents. Another key difference is that there’s no provincial license to provide wildlife control in Ontario.

You only need to be licensed if you use lethal traps, firearms and pesticides. Pesticides are common for pest control professionals so they need to have a valid Ontario issued license to apply them.

Wildlife control is less regulated so customers need to be careful

Anyone can claim they’re a wildlife control professional. There are no government tests or training requirements. Effective wildlife control isn’t easy and inexperienced or unqualified individuals can make problems worse. Also, they may not use the best and humane tactics in wild animal removal. The job isn’t only about getting wildlife out of your home. It also includes prevention, repairs and clean-up.

Raccoons, bats and squirrels all carry different diseases and parasites. They can introduce these diseases into homes through their denning and nesting habits. Without proper decontamination these health risks can pollute your home. Also, significant damage from animals can result in serious consequences like floods, mould or fire. Being able to eliminate these concerns is a large part of being a wildlife control professional. Failure to understand and address wildlife infestation can result in serious health risk or expensive repair.

Things to look out for before hiring wildlife control service

  • Experience – Research how long they have been doing wildlife removal in the community. You want to hire a company with a long track record of success.
  • Reviews – Online is a great place to learn about how the business treats customers.
  • Guarantee – Make sure the company offers written warranties or guarantees against recurring problems.
  • Size – A one person operation might not have the resources need to provide fast and efficient service.
  • Humane – We don’t want to kill wildlife we just want them out of our homes.
  • Ask questions – Ask about their process and timelines to make sure you have a good understanding of the service they provide.

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Make sure you take time to select the proper service to remove wildlife from your home. It’s important to do your research and select a well-established brand that you can trust. The right company could end up saving you money in the long wrong.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been removing and excluding wildlife from homes and businesses since 1989. Our proven process ensures a humane removal, clean up and prevention against future incidents.

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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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