Tuesday October 23, 2012
What is the protocol on rodent control, such as follow up, removing the trophies, & resetting traps? I have been getting calls on this from customers saying that the company they used just set 2-4 snap traps in a subarea or attic and did not call or come back to check the traps. Then the customer starts smelling the trophy. These companies are not informing the customer about entry points and I do not see that they are doing deep inspections, as I do, in order to find and eliminate entry points. On one of the last jobs I did I even found trapped rats being consumed by other rats. Should these other companies be obligated to do what I believe regulatory agencies require? Customers I serviced say they had to call them back to complete their job. Thanks for your views.
In every industry there will be companies that will do the bare minimum, and if they can get away with this bare minimum then that works for them. But, in rodent management the bare minimum should include removal of trapped rodents, and this likely is going to be written in the regulations of many states for licensed pest control technicians. It also is an issue with respect to "humane treatment" of any animal, and whether we like it or not we have to deal with unwanted rodents in as humane a manner as possible. This means that kill traps need to be inspected routinely and in a timely manner so that partially captured rodents do not suffer. I understand very well that many people don't care how a rat or mouse dies as long as it dies, but vocal animal rights groups do care and they can press their cause if they believe our industry is acting in a cruel manner.
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