WILDLIFE AND RODENTS
Wildlife control and damage mitigation often involve hazards such as working in cramped, hot and enclosed spaces. In addition, the target animals can present potential hazards such as biting, scratching, and the risk of being exposed to wildlife (zoonotic) diseases.
One of the most common problems associated with wildlife control is accidents and falls. When the job requires trapping, exclusion, or wildlife removal, the person doing the work is exposed to potential falls from ladders, injury from bites and scratches, and exposure to wildlife diseases. Common hazards include falling through a ceiling while moving in the attic and bumping one’s head on pipes and vent ducts in the crawl space.
Law in all states requires humane treatment of wildlife. This includes humane care of wildlife species if trapped or excluded from their habitat, nest, or den sites. If trapping is a part of the overall wildlife control program, the animal must have both food and water available when in the trap. Therefore, most States require that traps be inspected at least once every day. Failure to do so results in the possibility of fines and potential loss of licensing.
Rodents are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and can be extremely difficult to exterminate.
Rodent infestations can cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture. Rodents are also known carriers of many diseases and prove a health hazard to humans. Rodent populations grow quickly and steadily. Rodent control is best started prior to infestations. In order to protect your home, garden and health from existing rodent infestations, professional, customized solutions are often necessary.
Unified efforts on the part of neighbors can prove extremely effective in preventing infestations. Within apartment buildings and neighborhoods, coordination of prevention measures may include cleaning efforts and landscape alteration. On an individual level, homes can be rodent-proofed through identifying and sealing as many possible entry points.
Homeowners may seek homemade solutions to their rodent problems. They may try a variety of repellents such as mothballs or even essential oils. These homemade methods are not capable of addressing full-blown rodent infestations.
It is recommended that anyone experiencing a rodent infestation contact a pest control professional to arrange for a consultation. Professionals are trained not only to address current infestations but also to prevent future infestations.
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