Humane Pest Control
The ethos of cruelty-free is to minimize the pain and and suffering of creatures but when pests invade our homes, the situation becomes somewhat complicated. Would you simply leave a wasp's nest in the garden and risk your children getting stung? would you allow mice to nest in your house and spread diseases that could make your family sick? It is an extremely difficult task to uphold your ethical morals whilst simultaneously protecting your family/property and we may question exactly where we draw the line. Some people are so dedicated to avoiding the suffering of animals that they choose to follow a vegan lifestyle. Veganism is defined as following a vegan lifestyle "as far as is possible and practical." This is where the definition becomes somewhat hazy as what is practical for one might not be practical for another. In terms of pest control, the main way to eliminate any cruelty is to take robust preventive measures to avoid any type of infestation. Below are some steps you can take to possibly reduce your chances of encountering pests: 1) Use natural repellents: Natural repellents are somewhat controversial and have not been scientifically proven to work, but there are a number of options that you could try such as peppermint and clove oil. 2) Install an ultrasonic pest repeller: Ultrasonic pest repellers claim to repel mice and insects such cockroaches and spiders by adopting ultrasonic technology. Undetectable to humans, ultrasonic waves affect pests' auditory systems thus discouraging them from your property. 3) Ensure that you keep your house dust/clutter free: Lots of pests are attracted to clutter as it provides an ideal nesting site and allows them to remain hidden. 4) Store food away: All pests will search for a potential food source so you shouldn't make it easy for them! Store all food in an airtight container and clean up any crumbs as soon as you can. Avoid leaving rubbish bags in the garden as pests can easily tear the bag to access the food scraps. 5) Seal any cracks/holes: Pests only access your house via an entry point. Even the tiniest of holes can allow a pest to invade your property! To help prevent this, you can seal holes with caulk/wire wool/expanding foam. 6) Use catch and release traps: Catch and release traps are another subject of debate as when a rodent is caught and trapped, it still causes great distress. Furthermore, if a rodent is released away from the house it is in unfamiliar territory and is unlikely to survive. Despite this, people still argue that it is more humane than actually trapping and killing the animal and is an option that would require some thought. Please note: The suggestions above are for reference only and are not endorsed by Pestcure Ltd.