This is the question we are often asked, however although all the above methods are legal it sounds barbaric that this has to happen, however culling or trapping is by far the quickest and most humane methods of pest control.
On the face of it the above may not be the cheapest option, but it is the most humane and fastest method of dealing with a pest problem, large or small. The results are easily monitored with no fear of secondary poisoning. (The killing of a non target animal or bird that eats the poisoned animal or pest)
After all just one pest animal is a pest, and the diseases that can follow from a single pest problem does not bear thinking about, and as an educated person that does not wish to run the risk of catching a harmful disease or risk the lives of your family, friends and pets, you will want the problem sorted as soon as possible, before the pest can breed.
Given a choice we will cull, that way we know for sure that the pest is dead within a split second and in no pain, (which is a legal requirement to killing any pest or animal) some people do not like the idea of shooting a rat, fox or a pigeon, until they realise that the pest problem is getting out of control around their environment.
Then we are asked to control the problem humanely, fast and remove all traces as soon as possible.
We are asked to cull Foxes, Rats, Squirrels, Pigeons in and around buildings. These are by far the most common that we are asked to eliminate rapidly. When rats start to eat food and grow to the size of small dogs, which is seen in various pictures especially from the London area, then culling is an essential part of control, a rat that size will require a lot of poison to kill it. Remember that if rubbish bags are not put in the bins properly and the lid closed down, there will be more likelihood of these super sized rats appearing in our living areas. Normal traps will be of no use at all, and so as we say culling is the only option.
Where possible and if the space allows us to, we also have working dogs that are the obvious tracking, hunting and killing machines to use for rat problems.
One of the members of our team is Licensed to shoot foxes in urban districts.
The disadvantages of trapping is that we have to monitor daily, which will add to the overall costs.
Culling is a one off charge per visit to your request and not carry a compulsory re-visit.
Where possible we can proof against birds and rodents causing problems within properties, but again these are not the cheapest methods by far, but they can be a long term solution to a serious problem.
The problem with poisons is that the pest will die a few days later probably in an area that it cannot be retrieved easily, then the cost can escalate, or in the most hated scenarios is that the pest dies outdoors, and is eaten by a bird of prey who in turn dies. (Secondary poisoning).
The problems encountered with Second-generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) are that they are more toxic than the first generation of rodenticides, and as such the chances of secondary poisoning can run quite high, the legislation and laws related to SGARs are very strict indeed. This also means that if you purchase SGARs from a DIY shop and use them yourself, in an incorrect manner, you and your supplier can be very heavily fined.
Which is why we are professional pest controllers with training and insurances.
WE ARE CERTIFIED TO BE ABLE TO USE THESE PRODUCTS.
Believe me when I say that the cost of treatments with the correct poisons, used in a correct manner and in the correct conditions is a lot less than the fines and in some cases imprisonment that you run the risk of paying if you get it wrong.
REMEMBER SQUIRRELS MAY BE CUTE BUT THEY ARE RATS, IF THEY BITE THEY WILL SCAR YOU FOR LIFE. YOU WILL RUN THE RISK OF CONTRACTING HARMFUL DISEASES FROM “CUTE” SQUIRRELS, THEY WILL EAT THROUGH ELECTRIC CABLES AND WATER PIPES, AND YOU PROBABLY WILL NOT BE INSURED.
RATS SPREAD DISEASE AND REPRODUCE VERY RAPIDLY.
FERAL PIGEONS CREATE A SLIPPERY AREA WITH THEIR POOH, AND ARE ONE OF THE BEST DISEASE SPREADING PESTS ON THE PLANET. You feed them, they reproduce, they will spread disease faster and people are hospitalised or worse.
Or should you just exclude by proofing and hope the problem will go away.
As a customer the choice is yours probably based upon cost and morals, however if the pest problem gets out of hand, and it usually does, it will cost you a lot more to deal with than it would have in the early stage of infestation.
Also as pest problems grow, so does the risk of diseases being contracted by humans, as well as pets.
When we cull pigeons, rats & squirrels we use a .22 air rifle, this is the rifle of choice due to the pellet killing the animal quickly, and being a .22 there is only a slim chance that the pellet will exit the target as a through shot. Which means that there is not likely to be any pellet damage to the surrounding property after the cull.
If you decide to proof a manhole to prevent RAT activity we can certainly carry out this operation for you using a stainless steel rodent flap.
This device prevents rats from moving from the main sewer into the pipes servicing a property. The item is made from high quality, acid resistant stainless steel which cannot be gnawed, it can be easily placed into a sewer chamber or manhole.
As you can imagine the item is not made of a flimsy plastic design which can easily be gnawed through by rats, therefore the supply and fitting is not pence.
However when you consider the costs of replacing damaged sewer pipes and cleaning the sewerage from under floors combined with the smells and pathogens associated with a sewer leak, you will understand that PREVENTION is better than cure.
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