Pests are an annoying but common part of household and residential life.
But did you know that there’s a way to humanely deal with any pest problem you may have?
Non-lethal deterrence methods are an accepted practice for getting your pest issues under control.
Whether you’re a homeowner or businessperson in Greater Manchester with a pest problem, controlling them is important, and you should make sure the service you hire is doing its job in the right way.
Pests cause a lot of monetary expense in damage, but rather than simply killing them off, there are several methods that can be employed.
If you’ve ever wondered how humane pest control works and the reasoning behind it, here’s everything you need to know.
What Humane Pest Control Is and Why You Need It
The goals of humane pest control are multiple.
Firstly, it’s an ecologically friendly way to manage them, no poisons will be used. Secondly, this method minimises stress to the animal and prevents it from being injured or injuring itself. Lastly, it encourages the animal to move to somewhere else.
Wildlife especially should be controlled in such a way that other species of animals are not affected. For example, a trap that can catch a fox can just as easily ensnare an innocent household pet.
The guidelines to remember are that you should affect no more animals than necessary, and control methods should minimize unnecessary suffering (this includes pain and fear).
Starting Steps in Humane Pest Control
The first step is to find out where the problem is located in your home or business, as well as the access point(s) that the pests are using.
Then, determine when they are entering the premises. Oftentimes it is at an hour when no humans are around to disturb them.
Determine the type of pests that are present. If you don’t actually see them, it can be hard to identify, but droppings can be a clue.
In any case, you should know if it’s an insect, a species of wildlife, or a type of rodent.
Getting Rid of Insects
Even the smallest of animals can feel pain, but these small pests often wreak the most havoc in a home. However, there is a way to humanely get rid of insect visitors. Before reaching for the bug spray, try these tips.
Ever wonder why you never see just one ant? A worker ant leaves a scent trail when it finds a good source of food. So if you have one ant, you’re going to be getting paid a visit by his extended family as well.
To get rid of ants PETA recommends putting down natural repellents such as cinnamon cloves or chili pepper.
You can also follow the trail of ants back to its source and use caulk to seal any possible entrances they use.
Roaches are another form of insect that are unwelcome but incredibly resistant. They have survived since the Paleozoic era, so let’s just say they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
The best option is to make your home an unattractive spot for them.
Water is the first thing you should address, as even a tiny amount is like a couple of glasses to them. Keep moist areas dry and clean.
Tiny crumbs also attract roaches. Wash your pet’s food bowls, use tight-fitting lids on bins, and clean up any messy areas in your home.
Natural substances you can put down to repel these insects include garlic, bay leaves (dried or fresh), and peppermint oil. This last substance is effective against a number of other unwanted visitors, including spiders.
Preventative Pest Control for Rodents and Wildlife
Rodents such as rats and mice can cause disease in humans and animals. They also cause losses financially if they are eating crops or food meant for humans. There’s also a huge amount of damage to property structurally, with chewed holes being an expensive nuisance.
There are plenty of options that won’t cause needless suffering to animals that are just trying to survive. You can implement some of these yourself to prevent pests from coming into your home or any enclosed area.
Preventing access to the area
This can be achieved by sealing all the entry points. If there is no access to a place for the pest to nest, shelter, or access food and water, it will leave the area.
Installing a humane trap
Steel jaw traps and similar cruel trapping methods cause animals days of pain, as well as maiming and injury. The animal can remain tortured for days, and often non-target animals, including endangered species, end up in these traps.
A humane trap is a good option, but not a perfect one.
The problem with this method is that if an animal has been caught in a trap and is still alive, you should not try to kill it yourself. It’s best to call a good pest control agency as this is among the services they offer.
Sealing off sources of food
This is specifically for rodents like rats and mice.
Your aim here is to take away all sources of food from them. Places where tiny bits of food drop and are forgotten, as well as trash bins, are popular places for the infestation.
Get Humane Pest Control Today
As much as you can try to take the necessary steps yourself, it’s best to call in a professional to handle humane pest control.
Wildlife, in particular, can be dangerous. Biting or scratching humans and causing disease.
By hiring a pest control professional, you can be confident that the work is done faster and is more effective than any DIY method.
If you have a problem with pests, the time to act is now. Waiting can make your problem worse, leading to illness in your household or adverse effects on your business.
At Young’s Pest Control, we are on call 24/7 and can usually get to you in 30 to 90 minutes. Contact us today and get your pest problem sorted.