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The BC SPCA manages pest issues at the 42 buildings they operate across BC. While prevention is their first choice, despite their best efforts they sometimes still get in. So they teamed up with UBC and researched the most humane and animal-friendly ways to solve wildlife and rodent problems, creating the AnimalKind pest control standards.

For rodents, high quality snap traps or captive bolt self-resetting traps are used. Selective, short-term use of rodenticides to knock down population size is sometimes required, but rodenticides should not be used for long-term maintenance or prevention. For larger animals, humane methods include one-way doors so that when animals leave buildings to look for food, they can’t get back in. Light or sound-emitting devices or motion-activated water sprinklers can be used for hazing and scaring animals away. For pigeons, a new fertility control product called OvoControl P is newly available in Canada. Electric shock tracks can also be used to haze pigeons. The BC SPCA has information about wildlife control best practices for each common urban species.

Building owners are encouraged to call a professional for the removal of wildlife or rodents. To be sure that the company is truly humane (and not just using the term for marketing), use an AnimalKind BC SPCA Accredited pest control company or ask your pest provider to become AnimalKind.

Article provided by the BC SPCA.