Tuesday, January 1. 2019
Urban wildlife activities are increasing during the spring season, caused by the animals' need to give birth in the attics of homes. Subsequently, many homeowners are faced with the task of finding a solution to their wildlife intrusion. There is little doubt that living with a wild animal in the attic creates anxiety and fear in the mind of the residents.
Forced to listen to the noise as the animals move about in the attic conjures images of chewing on wires (fire), breaking through the drywall ceiling and possibly endangering the family’s health and safety. Being somewhat distraught, calm consideration does not always prevail. Instead, the homeowner looking for a "quick solution" often neglects to carefully research for reputable services. The homeowner is rarely aware that the wildlife control industry is without any form of regulation, governing standard requirements to start a wildlife removal business. Therefore, they are vulnerable to a high probability of hiring a “fly by night” company that lacks insurance, heath and safety procedures, adequate tools, experience and proper training. Furthermore, homeowners are being exposed to fear mongering, incompetent advice, poor workmanship, and inhumane treatment of wildlife.
Also, most companies are one-man operators, who due to time constraints, do not perform the critical functions, such as making sure that baby animals have not been left at the job site and even checking if the problem had been solved. In view of the above, I urge you to help bring to light the possible ramifications of hiring a wildlife company and how to avoid potential pitfalls. With the spring baby season fast approaching, time is of the essence.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.