If you’ve found signs of a pest infestation in or around your home, you’ll likely want to act fast to get them out and away from your house and property. Even if you catch the animal, how will you do it and what will you do with it?
There are many ways to catch pests and get them out of your home. While it might be tempting to just run to the store and pick up some traps, there are actually much more humane ways to send them on their way and you might want to get the help of an animal catcher.
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Why they choose your home
You no doubt see these animals as a pest that just intends to cause havoc, but they actually come into your home and yard with some specific motives in mind. Pests are often looking for three things when they enter your yard or home:
- Food and water
- A warm place to rest and have babies
- A safe space where they won’t be found by predators
Humane Pest Removal is the Answer
Choosing to use humane traps will both help ensure your home is rid of any unwanted pests and that they aren’t harmed in the process. While you can buy and set these traps yourself, there are some difficulties when it comes to releasing the animals back out into the wild so hiring a pest removal company might actually be the best option.
Methods of Humane Animal Removal
The most common method of humane animal removal is to use a live trap to capture the animal and release it somewhere away from your home. Though it’s possible to do this yourself, you’ll be much better off hiring a professional to do the job. Animal catchers are trained not only in how to humanely capture the pest, but also in how and where to release them so that they don’t suffer. If you release some animals too far from their original territory, they can end up starving or getting treated poorly by other animals.
While you likely want to get rid of these pests as soon as possible, sometimes patience is the best policy. If the animal that has taken up residence is there to have babies, you could just create more trouble for yourself by trying to act quickly, compared to just waiting for the babies to grow and set out on their own. Often this waiting period will only take a few weeks so you won’t have to wait too long for them to leave.
Catch them using one-way traps
These traps can be installed at any entrance points that the rodents are using. Designed to catch and not kill, these devices will hold any animal as they leave and prevent their re-entry. However, if you have found this infestation during baby season, be careful that you don’t trap the mother while babies are still inside as they may starve to death.
Harass and annoy them
Pests usually enter your home looking for a quiet, dark and safe space to live or have babies. If you can show them that the space they’ve chosen isn’t any of those things, they’ll likely head out on their own. Try shining a light, playing music or talk radio or introducing an unpleasant smell to help them see their chosen spot isn’t what they’re looking for.
If you can find the points where these pests are getting into your home and can verify that there are no babies inside of the space, waiting until the animal is out of your home and blocking off their re-entry can be an effective solution to your pest problem.
Regularly inspect your home
Once you have your current pest problem under control the best course of action is to regularly inspect your home for signs of possible pest entry. Look for areas of rotting wood, broken siding, cracked windows or window frames and any other weak spots that might allow a pest to get in.
Call in the animal catchers
Though you might be able to take some of these steps yourself, sometimes calling in the professional is the best way to ensure you’ll be able to humanely remove any pests that have made themselves comfortable in your home.