What Is Humane Animal Control?
San Antonio is no stranger to pests and annoyance animals, but when it comes to unwanted pests such as raccoons, skunks, snakes, woodpeckers, opossums, and more, humane pest control is the preferable option. If you have an unwanted animal in your home or yard, then call a professional San Antonio pest control service.
You should use a pest and lawn service company that offers the humane removal of live animals. However, there are times when the death of the animal is the only option. When you are removing an animal from your yard or home, there are many things you need to consider.
Pest Control Service – Rodent Control
When you are searching for a pest control service, try to stay local as they will have experience with local wildlife and will know the best places to release the animals. San Antonio lawn care services can also help with annoying animals that are living in your yard.
You want to make sure the company is professional and fully licensed as well as making sure they will only use humane techniques. This includes ensuring that the animals are treated well following their capture.
The company you are choosing should offer the following services:
● Re-homing the animals to natural and local environments
● Deceased animal removal
● Advice on how to humanely deter animals from your home
● Safely collecting and reuniting any babies with parents
● Using humane techniques to remove species-specific animals
Animals that most companies should handle:
Be sure to check if the company is equipped to handle your particular pest problem, depending on which animals are affecting your home or lawn. Discuss the services they offer and check to see if they offer the humane removal of live animals.
Live Animal Trapping
Live trapping is seen as the most humane way to capture annoyance animals. Animals like skunks and raccoons will be live-trapped when they have made their home in your chimney or under your porch. Live trapping isn’t used on smaller pest animals like rodents, moles, etc.
Humane traps are not harmful in any way to the animal, but when you notice an has been animal caught, you must inform the company that set the trap so they can come out and set it free, away from your home.
Live trapping isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds, there can sometimes be complications with capturing the animal. If the unwanted animal has been caught many times before, they may not go inside of the trap, as they know that it’s a trap. If this is the case, it may be suggested that to remove the animal, and an inhumane kill trap is set up.
Before you go ahead with either of the traps, you first need to consider a few points:
● Animals such as skunks, woodchucks, and more may find shelter around or in your home between the months of March and August as this is their birthing season. They will want to find a dark, quiet place to give birth, and then bring up their young. When an animal is live-trapped then relocated, or if a kill trap is used, its litter will be left behind, and they will most likely die since their mother is not there to feed them or look after them. If there is an animal that’s made its nest in your home between these months, try to find out if it is a mother. You may never see the babies, but this doesn’t mean that the animal doesn’t have a nest with dependent babies.
● Live catching and to rehome the animal sounds like a great idea, but depending on the animal, it could actually doom it. Placing any animal in entirely new surroundings will disorientate it, and it won’t settle in quickly, but for some animals like squirrels, releasing them into a strange woodland area could result in its death. Squirrels spend a lot of their time collecting food and storing it ready for the winter. If you capture a squirrel then rehome it, it will lose all of this stored food and may die due to this. With any animal you place in unfamiliar territory, they will be confused, and they won’t know where they can find food, water or shelter.
● If you have an opossum living in your yard or home, live catching and rehoming them is a lot easier. If an opossum is a mother, it will carry her babies on her, so she is unlikely to be separated from them. Opossums are also animals that tend to wander and they have no fixed home, so placing them in a new environment isn’t something that could potentially kill them.
When it comes to live to trap, you need to have patience. If the animal isn’t causing any harm or damage to you or your home, then give it a little bit of time, and they may move on. It can sometimes be necessary for the animal to be put down, for example, if the animal is injured or if the animal is a feral cat. If an animal is put down, it will be done in the most humane way possible.
Keeping Wildlife Out Of Your Home
To keep wildlife out of and away from your home, here are a few tips you can follow:
● Seal up entry points
● Trim back trees from your home so they can’t use them to access your roof
● Trim back shrubs so you can ensure there are no hidden entry points
● Don’t leave food out in your yard and make sure the lids of garbage cans are secure
While this will help to keep annoyance animals away from your home, it is by no means a guaranteed way to get rid of pests. If you notice you are experiencing problems with annoyance animals, then be sure to contact your local pest control services as soon as possible to deal with the issue.