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California residents have a lot to enjoy, from the luxury of popular attractions to the perfect climate to the abundance of natural scenery. But Californians aren’t the only locals seeking to live their best lives.
You see, California is also home to a plethora of wildlife species. And while the majority of them reside in the wild, a few have adapted to live within human settlements. Examples include rats, mice, raccoons, bats, birds, and on.
To make matters worse, day by day, our growing population necessitates that we continuously encroach into wild habitats. Consequently, there’s been a sharp rise in human-wildlife conflicts over the past few decades.
Whether it be a raccoon tearing off the insulation in the attic or bats colonizing the chimney, nuisance wildlife can wreak innumerable damages to properties. Not to mention the series of health risks they pose, including rabies, Salmonella, leptospirosis, histoplasmosis, and many more.
That’s why the demand for wildlife removal has been on the rise. And if you’re a home or business owner – particularly in Los Angeles County or Orange County – chances are sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with a wildlife infestation.
When it comes to getting rid of nuisance wildlife, there are several approaches. Some are humane, while others are inhumane. At A Team Services, we only make use of humane removal tactics. And in this post, we share what humane wildlife removal is all about and why it is the best approach to resolve human-wildlife conflicts.
What is Humane Wildlife Removal?
Defining humane wildlife removal is a gray area because several factors have to be taken into consideration. Examples include the kind of species you’re dealing with and the legalities surrounding the removal of such species, among many others. But more on that later.
In general, humane wildlife removal can be thought of as the process of resolving a wildlife infestation in a way that minimizes the suffering of the animal while at the same time keeping everyone affected safe.
Humane wildlife removal doesn’t just use the easiest solution. Why? Because sometimes, the easiest solution can have unintended consequences in the long run.
The best way to understand humane removal is to examine some examples of inhumane wildlife removal.
Examples of Inhumane Wildlife Removal
- Getting rid of rats with poison
When dealing with a rodent infestation, some owners turn to rodenticides. But the use of rat poisons is inhumane for several reasons. First off, it leads to the slow and painful death of the rat. You see, when a rat eats poison, the poison damages its organs leading to internal bleeding and eventual death.
The use of poison also has several unintended consequences. For example, unintended wildlife, pets, and even children may eat the poison. Even if the rat eats the poison, it will most likely die in a hidden corner of your house, making it difficult to locate the carcass.
- Raccoon exclusion that separates the mother from her kits
Exclusion is hailed as a humane removal tactic. While this is true, if the exclusion is used wrongly, it can lead to inhumane results.
For instance, imagine installing an exclusion device in your attic to get rid of the raccoon residing there. But unknown to you, it also has her babies with her. What you’ll end up doing is separating the mother from her pups. Eventually, her pups will die, and you’d have a bigger problem to deal with.
Examples of Humane Wildlife Removal
As you can now see, humane wildlife removal extends beyond using humane devices. It’s also about using humane processes. Here are some examples to give you an idea of what humane wildlife removal looks like:
- Trapping and relocation
From the previous example, a better approach would be to pick up the kits when their mother is not around. The kits can then be used as bait to lure the mother raccoon into a live trap when she returns. Then, they can all be relocated.
- Excluding a lone raccoon from the attic
This time around, let’s imagine the raccoon doesn’t have any kits with her. In that case, the exclusion will work great. After the raccoon leaves through the exclusion device, it is unable to get back in.
You see, trapping and relocation aren’t always humane. Here’s what I mean. Sometimes, relocated wildlife find it hard to adapt to their new environment, and they pay with their lives. If that’s the case, euthanization is a better option because it enables you to quickly kill the nuisance wildlife without causing unnecessary pain.
Figuring out what constitutes a humane or inhumane removal process can be complex. That’s why working with professionals like A-Team Services is prudent.
Benefits of Humane Wildlife Removal
- Avoid legal troubles
Some wildlife species are protected. Hence, inhumanely removing them can result in hefty fines and/or jail time. For instance, it is illegal to kill bats. They can only be excluded. And this must also be done at the right time.
- Wild animals deserve to be respected.
It’s important to realize that this planet isn’t meant only for humans. We share it with several other species. What’s more, we all depend on each other to maintain balance in the ecosystem. For example, snakes help to keep the rodent population in check. It is, therefore, our responsibility to treat our fellow neighbors with respect.
- Best results in the long-term
From the long-term perspective, humane wildlife removal is more effective and affordable. What’s more, it ensures maximum safety for all the parties involved.
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