What is nuisance wildlife anyway?
Locals that are familiar with the history of New Orleans know that our great city was built in the swampy areas surrounding the Mississippi River on land that many believed would never be settled. The continual spread of our city (and later suburban areas) into what used to be rural or swampy land has changed the entire landscape around metro New Orleans.
The fact is, many people today live and work in places where our parents and grandparents used to hunt and fish. While this “urban sprawl” is allowing people to choose from new places to live and work, it is having the opposite impact on animals that once made their homes in these areas.
Enter the “nuisance” wildlife
The good news is the animals have done fairly well adapting. And in some cases – they have adapted too well. Critters like raccoons and opossums have become quite good at sniffing out dog food or rooting through garbage cans to find food. The downside has been an increasing amount of contact between humans and animals seeking food and shelter from increasingly scarce resources.
It’s no surprise then, that in recent years, when animals come into urban areas without an invitation they are labeled as “nuisance” wildlife. In some cases the label is fair as no one likes to deal with overturned trash cans or damaged walls or buildings. In other cases though the problem can become fairly serious as these animals can and do bite, and also are known carriers of certain diseases.
Taking things a step further, local authorities, including the state of Louisiana, have made it is illegal to remove, relocate or harm animals like raccoons and armadillos which may be causing a disturbance. The law does however permit certain approved organizations, such as Dial One Pest Control, to remove these animals under strict regulations to a safer place on your behalf.
Why hire a nuisance wildlife company?
The obvious need has arisen for companies that can safely and humanely handle these conflicts between animals and humans. Aside from the legal obligation, it is also much safer and wiser to hire a professional when dealing with a wild and potentially dangerous animal. Companies who specialize in this area have highly trained staff who are experienced in safely removing and relocating nuisance wildlife and are experienced in a wide range of situations and environments. It can be highly dangerous and we suggest you don’t try to take matters into your own hands. This could only further complicate the situation or cause an injury to you or the animal.
What to look for when hiring a nuisance wildlife company:
When researching a nuisance wildlife company you will want to find someone who can quickly, safely and correctly remove the animal(s) which is causing the conflict from your property, workplace or surrounding environment.
Make sure the company you hire is:
- Licensed. It is against State Law to remove, relocate, or harm a wild animal unless the company is properly licensed and approved to do so.
- Experienced. You may not care if the wildlife control professional you hire gets bitten, but you will care if they are unable to solve the problem yet still send you a bill for their services! Experience counts when it comes to quickly, safely and efficiently dealing with wildlife issues.
- Humane. While these animals can be a nuisance, they do deserve to be treated humanely as they can and should be safely relocated.
If you feel you have correctly identified or come into contact with a nuisance animal, please contact Dial One Pest Control today to see how we can resolve your wildlife conflict today!