With baby season upon us, some of the most common calls are for animals that have gotten into houses and have had babies. I can't tell you how many babies we end up with because mom was trapped and killed! It is very important for people to realize there are humane ways to deal with the problem! Many problems can be handled easily by the resident with things as simple as noise and lights. For issues that require professional help, there are also humane choices...choose wisely! Please don't be afraid to question a wildlife control company to make sure they will fix the problem without killing the animals. It can be done, some just choose not to operate that way. It's cheaper and easier for them to remove the animal and kill it, or they just don't care.
Laws are different in every state. In Massachusetts if an animal is trapped inside your home, it has to be released outside on your property. If the company removes the animal they HAVE to and WILL kill it! (yes....momma raccoon and all of her babies!) If they tell you they are taking it away and going to release it somewhere else THEY ARE LYING! They would loose their Problem Animal Control (PAC) license for that and would not risk it. They are just trying to appease you and get the job.
A humane company will figure out what your problem is, humanely evict the animals, then fix the problem so it doesn't happen again. They will explain it all to you up front. Most issues with animals in homes are not wildlife problems, they are construction problems...a hole here, a loose board there, a chimney without a cap, a tree branch too close to the house. Correct the construction issue, problem solved! Those that do not fix the problem are just insuring future jobs...they know if that hole is not fixed, something else will just move in to fill the vacancy, and it's only a matter of time before you're calling them back for another job!
Some issues, well they just take you by surprise! Take, for example, this issue brought to you by Gates' Wildlife Control . Imagine opening your recycle bin and finding this! Ahhhh...how cute is that!!!
I for one would be thrilled, and as far as I'm concerned they could have that recycle bin as a home for as long as they wanted it! LOL But I'm the crazy raccoon lady out in the woods, and most normal people would prefer they move along! Luckily for mom here, the resident contacted Gates', a very humane company that got mom to move out and relocate all her babies on her own accord. Unfortunately for my local followers, they are located in Canada so we cannot take advantage of them. But anyone else up that way...please take advantage of them if you need to...or pass it on to someone who does!
All is not lost though in my area! We have Perry Le Pews Wildlife Management Company, serving MA. I have been a fan of theirs since reading an article about them in the Cape Cod Times a couple years ago about the many innovations they have created to humanely handle wildlife. Though based out of Cape Cod, they cover all of MA for solving humane wildlife issues. After hours emergency calls are only handled on the Cape, however....but as long as you can hold off until Monday, you are in great hands!
Even if you are not in their area, please visit these sites to learn what humane wildlife control really is. This will give you an excellent idea what to look for in a company near you! You can also find both Gates' and Perry's on Facebook as well.
As I was finishing up this post, another excellent source of information became available. It is an article by Katherine McGill, Nuisance wildlife abuse-buyer beware, chock full of links to help you! Definitely a must read if you are looking to solve a wildlife issue in your home!