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Humane ways to deal with pest animals

Predator Guard two raccoons on rocks by a river

You’re probably reading this because you have pest animals and/or predators that invade your yard. They may attack your livestock, nibble at your garden, eat the fruit off of your trees, or dig in your trash. You may have even had pest animals in your home. You probably want to put an end to the unexpected visits, but that doesn’t mean you want to remove the animals in an inhumane way.

Some people may advise you to just dispose of the animal, but there are better, more humane ways to handle these invaders. And, while there are times when you might feel live-trapping and releasing is best or even the only semi-human solution, it’s not always recommended or even allowed depending on where you live. In many cases, releasing animals into a habitat they don’t know can actually be dangerous, especially if they don’t have natural resources available to them.

Does that mean there aren’t any good options out there? No, it doesn’t. There are actually plenty of ways to ward off predators and pest animals in a completely humane way. In fact, you’ll find plenty of ideas in our blog posts and on our website. But, before you dig in, let’s go over some quick examples.

Let’s take raccoons for example. There’s a three-step process to deterring them. You need to remove attractants, identify and repair damaged areas, and then pick the proper control method based on your issue. Repellents and deterrents, such as our ultrasonic repeller and LED deterrent lights can be helpful. Electric fencing is another way to keep raccoons out.

Now, let’s take a look at mice since they are common home invaders. If you feel the need to take lethal action, make sure it’s a regular mousetrap. Traditional mousetraps are non-toxic and offer a quick death. Stay away from sticky traps, because they cause pests to die slowly from dehydration and starvation. You can also try a live trap, just make sure to check it often so the mouse doesn’t end up dying in it.

If you prefer a nonlethal solution, we recommend natural repellents such as peppermint oil on cotton balls. Pestaway Indoor Ultrasonic Pest Repellers are also an effective way to keep mice away. In addition, they’re suitable for driving away mosquitos, ants, spiders, and cockroaches.

These are just two examples to show you that there are multiple options to consider when dealing with pests. You can find several great solutions on our website, plus products to help you in your quest for a more humane way of handling things.


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