The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, but we can. We can keep the wildlife where it should be and also help them to feel safe. There occurs a problem when wildlife intrudes human premises, but with the right information and techniques, one can solve the conflicts between homeowners and wildlife. Most of the wildlife removal companies are not licensed by the government. Therefore it is tough to control wildlife. Homeowners are exposed to poor incompetent advice, health, safety issues, and mishandle wildlife. During these times, you must hire a wildlife removal professional. Here’s how you can hire one effectively:
OBTAIN WRITTEN ESTIMATES
It is always difficult to talk about estimates over the phone. Sometimes the rundown and services offered cannot be understood over the phone. Therefore, make sure to ask them for a site inspection, and during their site visit, ask them the following:
- The animal(s) using the structure
- Potential entry points
- Are there any offspring?
Most of the companies should answer these questions and explain their proceedings with the same. Any wildlife expert should possess proper expertise on the animal’s biological conditions at that particular time of the year.
SPECIFICS ON HANDLING ANIMALS
Always try to understand and be aware of the techniques. Always ask the wildlife expert about the type of animal and how will it be handled later? Will it be killed? Or why will it be killed? What will happen to its offspring if there is any? Will they be adopted or orphaned? Is the applied technique useful? How long will it take for the problem to resolve? So be mindful before signing yourself up with any wildlife removal company.
PASSIVE REMOVAL TECHNIQUES
Always inquire about the technique they will use to catch the animal. Find out the device they will use (Non-spiked); will they help the animal reunite with their offspring? The entire process should be frequently monitored. If one fails to do so, it may lead to the inhumane treatment of animals. A humane technique like hands-on removal is always preferable.
LICENSE AND INSURANCE
Be sure that the company has at least a two million dollar business liability insurance policy and the employees are insurance covered by the Workers Safety Insurance Board. Further, the company’s practices must be passed by the federal, state, and local laws of the country. Verifying this will save you from personal liability.
LOOKOUT FOR UNETHICAL FEES AND GUARANTEE
Delineation of work that should always be on paper. In case the contract contains any open-ended clause, then it must not be signed. Also, they must delineate the specifics of the guarantee. Make sure that the company carries at least a one year guarantee against re-entry. However, guarantees are as good as the company that offers them. If the company shuts down, the guarantee shall mean nothing.
FIRST IMPRESSION AND REFERRALS
Request a referral from your local wildlife rehabilitator or any animal control agency. These organization always tends to provide information on the humane techniques and legal stipulations governing wildlife removal. A good wildlife control company will also have skilled wildlife operators, trained equipment, and well-marked vehicles. They will keep proper brochures, business cards, addresses, websites, and phone numbers.
Lastly, keep these points in mind before you make a call to hire a wildlife control company. Don’t just kill the wild like that; they are too part of our lovely soul and environment. Taking proper measures will save your home as well as theirs.