Tips and Tricks: National Wildlife Control Operators Association


October 15, 2012

By Michael Ogden, NWCOA Governing Board Member

Nuisance wildlife control seems to interest just about everyone:

• We who do it, think about it almost every waking hour.

• Customers who call us to resolve their nuisance wildlife problem often are completely versed (via the Internet) on the biology of a particular species — and every conceivable homespun technique for mitigation.

• Neighbors peer out from behind semi-closed curtains from across the street.

• The media is quick to pick up on anything that promises a story — good or otherwise!

In other words, there are very few “fence sitters” when it comes to having an opinion regarding wildlife and how it is handled.

The question is not “who’s watching?” It’s, as a professional, “will you be ready for your 15 minutes of fame?” This is a very realistic consideration if you don’t want an embarrassing (or much worse) mishap to be on YouTube before you even step off your ladder.

Remember, our customers’ properties are no place to practice. Every wildlife technician should have a level of competence before getting out of his or her service vehicle to resolve a nuisance wildlife control issue. The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is dedicated to serving its membership and the industry of nuisance wildlife control. Several of our nation’s leading wildlife control professionals have coordinated to develop Standards Courses for responsible and effective methods for the issues most commonly encountered in the field.

In fact, the recent 2012 Wildlife Expo, Convention and Training Event at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, jointly hosted by NWCOA and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), proudly showcased the Standards Training Courses, along with leading industry vendors and speakers. We hope to see you at the next NWCOA training event — contact us for more information.


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