The growth of our towns and cities has led to an increased number of wildlife coming into urban areas to seek food and a habitat.
Some animals carry diseases and pose a risk to human health, whereas some animals can cause other problems, like a noise nuisance or damage to premises and land. Where this is the case, you need specialist pest control operatives to deal with the problem.
Animals that can be considered pests when they venture into certain areas include:
How we can help
We provide fast and effective control for larger pests around your home or business. Whatever your pest issue, you can trust Contego to remove the problem and help you keep your premises pest-free. Pest control should be humane and adhere to the law, so we avoid harming wildlife wherever possible. We use techniques like trapping and encouraging them to move their habitat elsewhere, and we’ll always try to avoid causing harm to other species that might live in close proximity to the pests.
Whatever your pest problem, our highly-trained technicians will provide you with a cost-effective and fast-acting solution, as well as proofing your site against future problems.
The Legal Stuff
With some wildlife species, there are strict regulations that must be followed when attempting to control them. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, plus other regulations make it a criminal offence to kill or injure a protected species, capture a protected species, or to destroy, damage or disturb its habitat. It’s also illegal to injure or kill a protected species unless this is done under licence.
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What is wildlife management?
Wildlife and people can co-exist, but there are times when they inevitably come into conflict. This is usually when wildlife cause property damage, harm crops and plants, or pose a health risk.
Wildlife management involves the use of legally-approved methods to deter or eradicate certain species that are considered to be pests.
Can I just get rid of them myself?
This is not a good idea. Some wildlife that might be considered a pest if you’re having issues with them are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This includes bats, badgers, water voles, and red squirrels. This means you could fall foul of the law if you try to harm or kill them.
We control certain species of animals including rabbits and grey squirrels, but we operate according to strict regulations.
What methods do you use and could you accidentally harm other animals in the process?
Depending on the animal you’re having problems with, we use methods like proofing, shooting, and trapping to control wildlife.
We are always careful to protect non-target species.