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If you've tried repelling, excluding, and scaring away a pest animal and it's still causing problems, you may be considering trapping it.
Trapping wild animals is serious business. Not only are there hazards: Wild animals can carry diseases, such as rabies. Frightened skunks will be more likely to spray. An agitated woodchuck can inflict a nasty bite in self-defense.
There may also be laws regarding trapping. It's best to call your local wildlife officer or professional pest removal company to handle problem animals.
Live trapping and releasing animals may at first appear humane, but in most cases live trapping can be more cruel than killing the animal. Relocated animals often become disoriented and aren't able to fit into their new habitats, often starving to death.
Also, you may think you're "humanely" trapping an adult and relocating it, but it may be leaving behind a burrow of young that will starve.
View our entire Garden Pest and Disease Directory.
Last updated: 1/23/19
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