California’s recent wildfires not only impact human lives but wildlife as well. Larger animals such as bear and deer will likely find their way out of the forests seeking safety in other areas outside of the fire zone. Other critters such as rabbits, rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, and gophers use their natural instincts and burrow underground to escape the flames.
Once the fires have been extinguished, these creatures will re-emerge, seeking safety from predators, as well as food and shelter in the nearest structures to have survived the flames. This means that areas such as attics, walls basements, roofs, and crawl spaces will become a safe haven. Not only are they a nuisance but these intruders could potentially carry disease which causes health risks for both household pets and humans.
Of course, the owners of these infested structures will be seeking knowledgeable and experienced professionals to rid their homes of unwanted visitors. Pesticide Professionals are able to expand their knowledge base and earn valuable California DPR and SPCB approved continuing education credits by taking the two courses highlighted below.
Cage Trapping Techniques - 3-hour online video course $49
This California DPR and SPCB approved course focuses on the use of cage and box traps in the management of vertebrate pests in both urban and suburban environments in California. Best practices surrounding appropriate traps for target animals, effective baits, and safe and humane use of traps will be outlined.
Vertebrate Structural Pest Control And ID – 4-hour online video course $59
This California DPR and SPCB approved course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including identification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and tracks. It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in California as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.