When you have nuisance wildlife troubling your property, your first drive might be to try and exterminate it. Whether it’s raccoons making a mess of your yard every night, snakes reproducing and infesting your grass, or mice nesting in your attic it may be appealing to try and exterminate them. In some circumstances, this is the best course of action to take, and sometimes it is not. There are many things that you must consider before you choose to either exterminate them or have them removed.
Some states have severe laws on which animals can be exterminated and which ones cannot. For instance, if bats are your target, you quite much have your hands tied as they are considered a susceptible species in most states. Trapping an animal and then exterminating it is also illegal in most states. You can find out whether you have the right to kill nuisance wildlife by calling your local humane society or animal control office. They will tell you what you can do and what you cannot do and they may even be able to help you with removing the unwanted animal.
Another thing that you have to consider is how you will exterminate these animals. When the animal controller eliminates pests they usually trap the animal and then euthanize the critter. This is the best method to go about it. DO NOT attempt to poison the animal. Not only is this useless, but it is slow-acting and can cause the creature to go to a hard-to-reach area (like your wall or attic) to die. This will create an awful smell that you do not want.
Poisons can also be unsafe to other animals and your pets. Animals that are not pests could consume the poison and die. Your pet or other animals could also consume the poisoned animal and then become poisoned indirectly. Depending on the nuisance wildlife you are trying to kill, your plans of action must change. Make sure you have thought everything very well.
Furthermore, do you have the required tools to protect you from diseases the animal may be carrying and the chemical to fumigate the area once the animal is removed? If not you should consider calling somebody who is trained and equipped to handle the issue safely.
As you can envisage, there are several laws about the disposal of animal remains, and they vary from state to state. Generally, you can’t “dump” a nuisance wildlife body anywhere near a road, somebody’s property, or next to a body of water. You cannot burn a body without the permission of the wildlife and fish office and this is only permitted when the remains have some type of communicable disease. You can bury the nuisance wildlife body underground, but it must be buried at least two feet underground as long as it is not in a flood plain.
These are only a number of the problems that you must take into consideration when determining whether you are going to exterminate nuisance wildlife or if you are going to take it out from your property instead. Do your research and contact the good specialists and offices if you are not sure of your rights and the logistics of eliminating wildlife and disposing of the body.
What Does a Nuisance Wildlife Management Professional Do?
We get asked all the time…”What is it that wildlife management professional do?” People conjure up things like: “Oh, they are the dog catcher” or “Oh, they study wildlife and live in the forest.” NO! Not precisely.
A normal day in the life of a Nuisance Wildlife Manager typically involves much the same as any working person. They wake up, review their schedule, and have a fun-filled day working to resolve numerous facets of wildlife engagements.
They could be getting rid of a skunk from a window well. Taking away a colony of bats from an attic or pulling a very venomous snake out of a basement wall. Most days involve normal stuff like eradicating a nest of squirrels out of the attic.
But there is always the possibility of doing something quite unusual like removing a 5-foot iguana out of a tree!