If you are looking for squirrel removal services, there are a lot of companies in Victoria to choose from. However, many of these businesses use inhumane techniques. Even if you are not a fan of backyard squirrels, you need to realize that trapping is not only cruel but also ineffective. Skedaddle technician David Wong recently experienced first-hand the results of one company’s inhumane trapping methods at a home in Gordon Head.
Inhumane Trapping Kills Animals Slowly
David was the technician on the job when Skedaddle received a call from a client who said he could hear squirrels inside the chimney. Once he arrived at the home, he learned that the customer had previously hired another wildlife removal service to get rid of the squirrels. This company had set traps but had not addressed the root cause of how the squirrels got in.
When David looked into the chimney, he saw a mother squirrel hanging by one leg from a trap. The trap had injured her leg and she could not free herself. The sad truth about traps is that they often maim or confine animals, resulting in a slow and painful death from starvation, dehydration, or infection.
Live traps may seem like a humane alternative, but the outcome is often just as cruel. Scientific studies have shown that when people trap and relocate squirrels, the squirrels usually do not survive in the new location, especially when other squirrels already live there. Live traps also cannot prevent more squirrels from moving into a home once the others are gone.
Inhumane Trapping Separates Mothers From Babies
As David further investigated the chimney, he discovered a nest full of fuzzy babies that were hungry and crying for their mother. Unlike the company that set the traps, Skedaddle trains their squirrel removal technicians to always check for nests and young ones when evaluating a home that requires wildlife removal.
David carefully placed the little squirrels into a warm baby reunion box and put their injured and frantic mother into a separate container. As a Skedaddle technician, he had been trained in this type of gentle hand removal. He then delivered them all to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center where they received the medical care they needed.
Very young squirrels can only live for a day or so without their mother. Not only do they need her milk to survive, but they can’t even use the bathroom without her massaging their tummies after they eat. Fortunately, the little ones in this case were still okay. However, they might have died if the customer had waited another day to call Skedaddle.
Humane Squirrel Removal in Victoria Requires Exclusion Methods
Once all the squirrels were out of the home, David capped the chimney and sealed up other potential entry points. These techniques did not harm any animals, and they guaranteed that the family would not have to deal with squirrels in their chimney ever again. Once released back into the wild, the squirrels could then find a more suitable place to live.
To finish the job, David and the crew removed all the squirrel nesting materials. Squirrel mothers construct a cozy home for their babies out of twigs, moss, leaves, and other materials that can pose a fire hazard inside a chimney. The crew also cleaned up the squirrel droppings and urine that had accumulated around the nesting area.
Some squirrels carry salmonella and leptospirosis in their droppings. These diseases can become airborne and spread to humans, so thoroughly cleaning the nest site is an important final step to keep people safe after an animal infestation in the home. Wildlife removal companies that focus on animal trapping do not usually offer sanitation or deodorizing services.
Inhumane Trapping Costs More in the Long Run
As you can see from this family’s experience with an unscrupulous wildlife service, trapping creates the more expensive and unhygienic problem of dying and decaying animals inside your house. It only provides a short-term fix because it does nothing to prevent more squirrels from moving in and repeating the infestation cycle.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control instead focuses on helping squirrels and people through prevention techniques that save money in the long run. By gently hand-removing animals and then preventing their re-entry, we do the job right the first time. We are so confident that we can solve your wildlife problems for good that we offer a lifetime guarantee on our services.
The stories of both the human and squirrel families from this Gordon Head home had happy endings. However, things could have turned out differently if the customer had continued to pay for inhumane trapping methods. Don’t settle for ineffective and cruel techniques that other wildlife services use. Contact Skedaddle today for all your wildlife needs.