Whether you're dealing with mice or rats, raccoon problems or possums, getting them out of and away from your home is always a priority. But, many people would rather not kill or harm the animal and prefer not to use cruel methods to get rid of them. Here are some humane solutions to animal and pest removal that will help everyone sleep better at night without causing any harm to nature's creatures.
Catch and Release
One of the most effective yet humane ways to eliminate pests is to simply trap them, and then release them back into the wild. If you have a squirrel in your attic for example, place a humane trap with a bait of peanut butter. Wait for the animal to take the bait, and then the trap door will shut, leaving him completely unharmed. Take the animal to a wooded area and release it, but be sure it is away from your home or else they may just come right back in later!
Repel them Naturally
Chemicals can be very harmful and deadly not only to pests, but also to household pets or even small children. Instead, use an all natural deterrent for pesky animals. Skunks really dislike hot peppers, so cook up a concoction of cayenne and onion boiled in water, and put the water in a spray bottle to keep them away. Other options like deer musk or animal urine are excellent ways to keep pests out of the yard and home, and don't hurt them at all. They're also environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical repellents.
Enlist Some Help
If you cannot seem to keep pests under control, it may be time to call in the professionals. Remember that not all pest removal services do things the natural way, so it's recommended you find ones who pride themselves in removing animals humanely, like C.H. Animal Control. Call and ask questions about what they do with the animals once they're removed. This will give you peace of mind knowing they are not harmed or killed, and these professionals know how to eliminate pests using methods you may not have thought about.
Prevention is Key
Of course, the best and most humane way to remove pests is to prevent them from coming into your home in the first place. Block off all entryways where small animals would tend to hide or build a nest. Remove any food sources and tightly seal off all garbage cans. Make sure pet food stays indoors. Doing simple things like this will encourage the pests to move elsewhere and will prevent both of you from having to deal with each other in the first place.