The Human Element…
Humanity is a part of nature on this planet and we have every right to exist and thrive here.
When the term pest is used to describe one of the other creatures native to this planet what we often mean is that we aren’t dealing with reality.
Just follow me through a few examples and it will all make sense. So… hang on to your hat.
● If you leave the garage door up for the cat, should we blame the rat for chewing the wires under the hood of your car?
● If you plant a tree next to the house and it grows into… a tree, should we blame the squirrel or raccoon that climbs it and tears a hole in the roof?
● If you feed deer, should we blame the buck that walks through your plate glass window and trashes your living room?
● If you feed a raccoon on the porch and it bites your child while they are feeding it, should we blame the raccoon?
● If you hang a hummingbird feeder on the wall of your house should we blame the ants when they raid the kitchen?
● If you plant fruit trees along the water’s edge, should we blame the beavers when they take them?
● If you plant roses and succulent plants around your home, should we blame the deer when they eat them?
● If you put up a bird feeder and the neighbor’s cat eats your favorite finch should we blame the cat?
● If you put your miniature dog out and the hawk flies off with it, should we blame the hawk?
All creatures, save one, live and die by their instincts. Animals can adapt but their instincts aren’t going to change in our lifetime and expecting them to change is not realistic.
In pest control it is the human element that is the most difficult to manage. Only humans have the ability to change or control their environment but sometimes, we set ourselves up to fail. We often attempt to do things around our homes without being realistic about the consequences.
It is often hard for us to change or to accept that we could be responsible for creating a problem in the first place, but when we set out to solve a pest problem it is important to consider the human element first.