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Control Methods that Are Best Avoided

This is the home page for techniques and methods for controlling wildlife damage that should be left unused.

Everyone loves home-remedies. But when it comes to wildlife damage control, many home-remedies may be not only ineffective, they can be downright dangerous.

A control method may not be the best option if it:
  1. does not work.
  2. is dangerous to the user.
  3. is dangerous to the environment.
  4. is too dangerous to non-targets.
  5. is illegal.
  6. is unnecessarily cruel.

The following are techniques that should be avoided.

Vehicle Exhaust

Control Technique. Piping any gas into a burrow system, particularly long ones like mole and pocket gopher, is extraordinarily difficult. It can be likened to trying to push air through a 50 foot long straw. They will likely outrun the fumes. We are aware of a new device that pumps exhaust into burrows. We suspect this device is safer and more functional than using one's vehicle. However, we would like to see more research on its safety and efficacy. 

Euthanasia Technique. On its face, using the carbon-monoxide from the exhaust of internal combustion engines to euthanize nuisance wildlife sounds like a reasonable idea. Unfortunately, it is isn't. The reason is the exhaust from engines is too hot. So in effect, you cook the animal. Furthermore, modern engines emit far fewer pollutants like carbon-monoxide so they are less efficient than the old engines.

Gasoline Soaked Rags Stuffed into Holes

Gasoline is environmentally hazardous and poses the immediate risk of starting a dangerous fire. Do not try to burn animals out of their dens, burrows or other habitats.


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