“What’s the difference between pest control and wildlife control?” you may be asking yourself. In truth, it is fairly common for property owners to mix these two types of businesses up—after all, you might think that getting rid of unwanted guests, whether they be animal or insect, falls into the same category. The problem is that the options for dealing with most nuisance animals tend to be wildly different than the options for dealing with pests. While a pest problem can often be taken care of with extermination, i.e. the use of methods like baiting and spraying, you can’t simply kill any animal that wanders onto your property. That’s why wildlife control is its own separate industry. While proof pest. control does offer organic, eco-friendly solutions for getting rid of pests, such as IPM (integrated pest management,) wildlife control is even more focused on exclusion and trapping. While setting traps and keeping pests away from your property is an essential part of pest control, too, the use of certain poisons may sometimes also be inevitable.
Animals commonly taken care of by wildlife control include:
There is one area where the pest control and wildlife control industries commonly overlap: rodents. Both wildlife control and pest control companies are licensed to offer services to get rid of mice and rats. Why do rodents fall into a different category than other animals? Partially because they spread disease, therefore making a rodent infestation more dangerous than the average wildlife problem. It’s also important to consider that rodents will try to make a nest inside your home, settling in your garage, basement, and attic, destroying your insulation and leaving droppings wherever they go. Bottom line: a rodent infestation is a serious thing, and you always want it taken care of right away, even if that means hiring a company to perform baiting and extermination.