Wildlife Control Operators Vendor Services Directory
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Definitions: People who specialize in handling wildlife damage problems can be designated by a number of terms.
- NWCO-(pronounced "newco") means Nuisance
Wildlife Control Operator
- WCO-means Wildlife Control Operator
- PAC- term used in Massachusetts, means Problem Animal Controller
- Pest Control-term is too vague as it normally refers to people who also handle bugs.
There is no specific formula, no exact set of questions, that will always connect you with the perfect company to solve your wildlife conflict. We hope we haven't given you false hopes in this regard. However,
there are some questions you may want to ask before you sign any contracts or make other commitments.
We will use the acronym WCO in this section because many industry
personnel do not like to consider wildlife as a nuisance.
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How qualified is the WCO?
- Is the WCO licensed? (Not all states require licenses, so check your state's division of wildlife before asking).
- Ask for references.
- Ask how many years have you been doing wildlife control business? This question is not to be confused with how many years in the Pest control business. Controlling insects is very different from controlling wildlife.
- Consult with your state's Environmental Police and Department of Natural Resources. Ask them who they recommend in your area. Press them for an unofficial statement.
- Do you have liability insurance? If so how much? $100,000 of coverage is very easy to obtain in this industry. There is no excuse as to why a WCO can't
- Does the WCO have Workman's Comp insurance?
This insurance protects the worker if he gets injured on the job. Understand that most WCOs are self employed and so may not be required by law to have it. However, if they have other employees they may have to have it.
- Did the WCO present you with a variety of control options?
Exclusion, trapping, eviction, habitat modification or maybe even suggesting that nothing be done? How does his/her recommendations compare with those suggested by the
Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage?
Understand that sometimes the WCO doesn't present you with a variety of options because you already gave him specific instructions.
Don't be angry at the WCO if he does what you tell him. If you want to double check, ask him if there are other possible solutions than the one you asked for? Better yet, ask the WCO if there are other control options than what he suggested.
- Does he/she put the job in writing with a complete contract?
- Philosophy. Will the WCO provide services according to your preference and in accordance with local laws? Keep in mind that your preferences may change the price both in time and money of the service.
Considerations on price:
- how dangerous is the job? (ladder work is always dangerous)
- how difficult is it to control the species? (Some species like gray squirrels are easy to control. Others like red squirrels can be more difficult).
- how much travel and equipment is involved to resolve the problem? (If the WCO has to travel 20 miles one way to reach your location, he will need to get paid for the time both ways).
- how expensive is it to live in your area? (WCOs in urban areas often get more money than those who live in rural ones).
- what kind of warranty of guarantee does the wildlife control operator give? Depending on the species, a month to a year is sufficient. Also, guarantees are only as good as the company who gives them. If they go out of business, the guarantee means nothing.
- Remember quality companies that have insurance, good equipment and training have high costs. While high prices don't guarantee quality, low prices almost always guarantee that the person is not insured.
- How busy is the WCO? Sometimes WCOs raise prices due to excessive demand. Other times prices may be lower due to reduced demand.
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