What is Humane Pest Control?
Humane Pest Control stems from the belief that regardless of the problems pest animals cause, they require the same level of consideration for their welfare as animals in other contexts. Conventional methods of extermination often involve the use of poisonous chemicals, which have effects on other non-target species, including humans. Other animals, children or adults can be harmed by an animal which has been poisoned or by the chemicals or baits used.
Animal Psychology is largely utilized in Humane Pest Control. Understanding how an animal behaves gives specialist tools to create a situation that is undesirable to a problem animal. For example, rather than trapping and relocating an animal – ensuring that it’s chosen location is no longer available to it will encourage the animal to find a new home. We know wild animals are not intentional trouble-makers, they are simply resourceful and driven by survival.
On-site release method is a proven method that relies on ensuring the den or nesting site is no longer a viable or accessible location for the problem animal. Once measures have been taken, the animal will simply reloacte on their own. This prevents wildlife from suffering in an unfamiliar environment and undue stress. Professionals will adjust their removal strategy based on the known breeding cycles of the species. Raccoons, possums, skunks, squirrels and rats regularly make use of warm human spaces to rear their brood. The presence of young requires special care by wildlife removal specialists. Once the mother has been removed from her den, a heated baby box may be installed to assist natural relocation. After the exclusion is complete, Awesome Possum will illustrate vulnerable access points to homeowners to prevent re-entry.
Poison free Rodent removal. Our wildlife technicians have been trained to remove rodents without poisons! We will not use pesticides, rat/mice poisons or rat/mice baits which can cause a slow and painful death, but it is usually necessary for our technicians to employ humane methods of extermination. This also ensures that the building’s occupants are not exposed to health or safety risks often associated with rats/mice dying and decaying in inaccessible locations.
Awesome Possum and Humane Pest Control
Awesome Possum acknowledges that under certain circumstances, pest control and/or extermination may be required. However, Awesome Possum only supports the use of humane methods. We do not support methods of pest management that cause undue suffering, pain, or distress to an animal. Certain methods, such as trapping (e.g., steel-jawed leg-hold traps), poisons and baiting strategies (e.g.,cyanide, warfarin) and/or inhumane burrow clearing and fumigation techniques cause an animal to experience extreme pain and suffering. Awesome Possum encourages a review of control or deterrent measures be taken prior to coming to the conclusion that extermination is required. Methods such as ensuring animals do not have a food source, eliminating areas where animals may burrow or nest (e.g., wood piles), installing motion detectors, alarms and sensor lights can often be sufficient to rectify certain pest problems.
The Biggest Weapon Against Pest Problems: Prevention
Adopting solutions to control pest issues before they begin/escalate as well as subsequent humane control can ensure your pest control problems are few. Preventative measures including filling cracks in buildings, erecting fences and keeping potential ‘pest infestation sites’ clean, sanitary and free from food products to reduce potential wildlife issues.