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What Do You Know About Environmentally Sensitive Rodent Control?

Friday, May 05, 2017

As rodent control experts, we have a tremendous responsibility to serve our customers' needs while still maintaining sensitivity to the environment. It may seem unusual to use the terms 'rodent control' and 'sensitivity to the environment' in the same sentence, but there is a lot to know about rodent species and their relation to the local environment.

How much do you know about environmentally sensitive rodent control? Most people do not understand much about it at all. Allow us to offer you a bit of basic knowledge to help you better understand the kinds of things we have to think about when providing rodent control services in Berkshire and the Thames Valley.

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Protected and Non-Pest Species

A good way for us to illustrate the kinds of things we have to be sensitive to is to talk about squirrels. There are several different squirrel species here in the UK, all of which are considered rodents. But not all species are problematic. Take the red squirrel, for example. Red squirrels are not regarded as pests in this part of England. Furthermore, we rarely see them here. They are more predominant in northern England.

Having said that, we still need to pay attention to some important things when we do run across red squirrels. First and foremost, red squirrels are a protected species. Regulations stipulate that we must take every precaution to avoid harming the animals or their natural habitats. In the unlikely event that red squirrels were a problem for one of our clients, we would be very limited in the actions we could take.

Likewise, some non-pest species are not necessarily protected but still deserve proper respect. There is no need to eliminate non-pest species simply for the purpose of doing so. If relocation is possible, it is generally a better option.

Non-Native and Invasive Species

On the other end of the squirrel spectrum is the grey squirrel. The grey squirrel is considered an invasive species because it is not native to the UK. Unfortunately, its introduction has caused significant environmental damage across the country. As such, there are some rules in place regarding how we deal with these rodents.

As just as one example, it is illegal for us to trap a grey squirrel and then release it into another environment. We must make every attempt to ensure the captured squirrel is not allowed to escape into the wild either. At the same time, grey squirrels should be dealt with humanely when they become a problem. There is no need to be intentionally cruel.

The most important thing we want our customers to understand is that there is a delicate balance between being effective pest controllers and remaining sensitive to the environment. We do our best to respect the environment in all cases, and we are careful to maintain compliance with all regulations governing what we do. There is no justifiable excuse to act in any other way.

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