Many wildlife control operators refuse to use glue traps and other killing devices because they are cruel and ineffective (see Sunday's Outdoors article, "Unwanted guests"). Glue traps do not kill animals quickly. Rats, mice and other animals who become stuck on glue traps can suffer for days - starving, ripping off patches of skin and hair, chewing off their limbs in attempts to escape - before slowly suffocating.
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What's more, as long as a house is appealing and accessible, more animals will simply move in to take the place of those killed.
If wildlife are calling your house home, evict them kindly by sealing holes larger than a quarter inch in diameter, cracks in the walls and floors, and spaces around doors, windows and plumbing. Keep all food and garbage in sealed, chew-proof containers. For more ways to live in harmony with wildlife, visit www.HelpingWildlife.com.
Stephanie L. Boyles
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