In the past, animal control was more or less straightforward; you could use any method that you deemed necessary to get rid of the pests that were on the property. Today, however, there are many legal issues that surround the methods that can be used in pest extermination. This basically means that when you are in the process of getting rid of the pests, it would be wise for you to keep these laws in mind in order to avoid going against the law. Remember, being accused of getting rid of the pests in contravention of the local regulations could result in huge fines. Some of the legal issues you need to keep in mind include:
Whether or not the pests can be killed
One of the most important legal issues surrounding animal control is whether they can be killed or not. In many parts of the world, there are laws that prohibit against various aspects of killing pests. Some of the more notable of these include:
• The use of inhumane methods of killing pests: in most parts of the western world, killing pests in an inhumane manner is not allowed. This normally includes using methods that will mutilate the pest and those that will cause a lot of pain in the pest before killing it. If you are interested in buying devices such as traps for animal control, making sure that they are certified to be humane is important in order to ensure that this does not become a problem for you. When looking for a animal control expert to do the job for you, you should also make sure that they use humane methods of animal control.
• Whether or not you are allowed to kill certain pests: in addition to that, it’s also important to note that in some parts of the world, you might not be allowed to kill some of the pests at all. This is especially so if it has been determined that the pests are endangered species, in which case killing them indiscriminately could result in their extinction.
The acceptable means of getting rid of the pests
If it turns out that some types of pests cannot be killed by law, there are usually provisions describing how they can best be gotten rid of. For instance, some laws in a few countries stipulate that some of the pests be taken to shelters and zoos, and that some be released to the wild. It’s important that such legal guidelines be understood and followed in the process of pest removal in order to ensure that no problems are encountered.
The use of deterrents
One important part of pest removal is preventing them from infesting the property again in future. This is an important step since it reduces the hassle of having to call a contractor to come and do the work all over again. One of the strategies that are usually employed in an effort to keep properties free of any pests is through the use of deterrents, which can either be physical or chemical. In most parts of the western world, there are laws that stipulate what you can and can’t use as deterrents for pests such as birds. Making sure that you understand them will help you steer clear of any legal issues.
Consulting your landlord
If you happen to live on rented property, simply going out and getting a contractor to come and get rid of pests might contravene your lease. You may end up being penalized for this, and since the lease is a legal document then it can be used against you in a court of law. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to clear the issue with the landlord before you proceed with finding a animal control expert. This has the potential to save you potential legal problems.
Will you need to notify any parties?
Another issue that can be considered legal in terms of animal control is if you need to notify any parties of the process. For instance, if you live in an apartment complex and are interested in getting rid of any pests, chances are that you may not find it easy to simply get a animal control expert and ask them to get rid of the pests for you. You might need to first notify other parties including your neighbors. This is especially so if the process is likely to cause some inconvenience. In most neighborhoods, it’s also a rule that any resident who might want to get such a project undertaken would give notice to the rest in due time.
In summary, there are many legal issues that surround animal control, and these are likely to increase in future. Making sure that you work with an exterminator who is very good at their job is essential in making sure that all the above are addressed.