PCOs are looking for ways to grow their businesses with fresh ideas that will increase their top and bottom lines. Lately, we have seen a greater demand for wildlife management, even in urban areas like New York City. In many respects, wildlife control is an ideal add-on to existing pest control operations, and it’s for this reason that we decided to offer this training program.
As part of Bug Off Pest Control Center’s Great Events series, over 90 attendees spent the afternoon of April 12, 2012 with Alan A. Huot, founder of Wildlife Control Supplies (WCS). The meeting agenda covered licensing requirements in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Participants learned how to trap, transport and dispose of the “Big Three” major animals: squirrels, raccoons and skunks. There was also a demonstration of the latest tools for trapping, handling and personal protection.
The starting point, when it comes to wildlife control, is to be familiar with the rules, regulations and licensing requirements for each state (Check below for specifics). Alan was kind enough to provide us with contact information for NY, NJ, CT and PA and stressed that we must regularly check with regulators and local municipalities when it comes to restrictions on handling, relocation and euthanasia.
It’s important to be familiar with each animal’s biology, habits and breeding seasons. Each case begins with a site evaluation to determine the species and conditions conducive to their presence. Be on the lookout for entryways, harborage sites, access points and food sources. Control begins with removing food, securing trash, trimming branches, sealing holes and capping vents and chimneys.
Control techniques may include the use of repellents, one-way doors and traps of many types. When it comes to choosing a trap, it’s critical to select the right size for the animal and to locate it near its pathway or exit point.
Alan also stressed the importance of behaving professionally when dealing with wildlife. Although they may be undesirable, they must be handled in a careful and respectful way. Many people are sensitive to the treatment of animals, and from a public relations standpoint it would be disastrous to draw attention to yourself by behaving inappropriately.
The event was not only well attended but also well received. I would not be surprised to see a new generation of wildlife specialists emerge from the gathering.

For licensing and rules and regulations, contact:
New York:  •(518) 402-8982
New Jersey:     609-292-6685
Connecticut:  860.325.2199
Pennsylvania:   717-787-4250

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