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The Disadvantages Of Using Live Traps

Trapping nuisance wildlife is usually the first thing people think of when they have animals causing problems around their home. Often they think they are doing the humane thing by trapping the animal, as long as it is relocated. However, there are a lot of disadvantages to trapping, for instance, even supposedly humane traps can harm the animal, relocation can make them sick or die, and if proper repairs aren't done after the fact more will simply move in to take their place. Traps can also harm curious children or pets.
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Live Trap Hazards & Considerations

One of the first things people want to do when they discover they have a wildlife problem is trap the animal, destroy or relocate it and then patch up the damage. However, there are several disadvantages to this kind of do it yourself trapping. For starters, it only offers a temporary solution.

For instance, with trapping - whether you do it yourself or a professional pest control company does it - simply removing the critter will just make room for new wildlife to move into the vacated territory, and you will soon have a new hole in your building and a new problem on your hands. Consequently, trapping will likely end up costing you more money than if you had done it the right way, the humane way, from the very start.

Another problem with do it yourself trapping, is that so called, supposedly humane "live traps" can actually injure and harm the animal - causing them a great deal of pain, suffering and distress

raccoon injured in a supposedly humane live trap
The above raccoon was trapped by a do-it-yourself homeowner in a "humane" live trap. After 2.5 hours in the trap, it had injured itself so badly that the homeowner took it to a wildlife rehabilitator for medical attention. Note the skin and fur worn off the head and how bloody the raccoon's hands got from trying to get out in that short amount of time.

In addition to that, in most states it is illegal to do the trapping portion on your own, even with a hunting license. Laws from state to state will vary, but most have some rules, and they are sometimes difficult to find and you may be quite surprised to discover which critters you cannot trap. It's true that stores will sell traps just the same, but they will not be the one to tell you that you cannot legally trap your own critters or wildlife.

squirrel with live trap injury on head
Squirrel With Head Injury
From Humane Live Trap

It is interesting how improper trapping and relocation can make our job difficult at times. When improper do it yourself trapping methods are tried and failed that animal is now more cautious and much smarter.

Even when the trapping process is apparently successful the relocation process can be problematic for the area to which it is relocated and/or to the wild animal itself. The animal may cause havoc for those residing in the new area, upset the balance of that environment, or it simply may be unable to cope with it's new location.

Do it yourself wildlife removal often kills baby animals. Baby animals like those shown below are often left behind in attics when trapping is used as a wildlife removal method, especially with squirrels and raccoons.

Note how small these baby squirrels are. Rest assured, they will smell a lot longer than you realize and if they are in a wall or tough to get to place, holes will need to be cut to remove them. Often times, young raccoons will roam all over the house and die in five different areas, mandating a lot of holes being cut to remove all the dead babies.

Baby animals can be hard to locate, so before we do repairs, we use our own special methods to manipulate the mothers into moving their young out of your attic so the babies won't inadvertently get left behind.

baby squirrels left behind in attic
orphaned baby raccoons

Another hazard presented by both Do It Yourself and professional wildlife traps is the danger they present to children and household pets. Both of which let curiosity get the best of them sometimes.

dog caught in trap
Dog Caught In Trap

When it comes to trapping, somebody will lose. Wildlife control is better left to trained Wildlife Management Professionals who utilize proven methods to keep animals out. The Skunk Whisperer® knows how to eliminate your wildlife issues with methods that are humane, long lasting and cost effective.

 
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