The Fight over Urban Rodent Removal

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Early last autumn a definition of the term “urban rodent removal” established parameters around the work that the Wildlife Service can and cannot perform when it comes to removal or rodents. As of October 1, 2013 the Wildlife Service will not directly control mice, rats, voles, squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, and woodchucks or groundhogs in a city or town with a population greater than 50,000 and any adjacent or contiguous to such a town. While there are exceptions to this ruling the US Department of Agriculture will be required to refer all requests for urban rodent removal from private entities, such as homeowners and businesses, to private sector pest control companies.

National Pest Management Association vs The US Department of Agriculture

Dating back to 2012 the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), along with many cosponsors, introduced legislation in an attempt to define urban rodent removal. After much work from the NPMA and their cosponsors, the legislation, called the Pest Elimination Services Transparency & Terminology or PESTT Act, was attached as an amendment to the Farm Bill taken up by the House Agriculture Committee last spring.

Definition of Competition

The PESTT Act placed a clear definition of private and government sector programs to eliminate competition between the two surrounding “urban rodent control.” Passing of the PESTT Act meant that rodent, nuisance bird and wildlife work in suburban areas will no longer cause friction between private pest control companies and the US Department of Agriculture. This term was not defined in previously passed laws.

This will most greatly assist with pest control and rodent removal companies in rural and underpopulated areas. Private pest control and animal removal companies are able to remove larger nuisance rodents because this law passed, something they would have been restricted to urban areas before.

As construction picks up along the outer edges of the Las Vegas valley, a primary concern we at Greenway Pest Control start to hear is the rodent issues. Afterall, we are building on what use to be their home. To remove these rodents contact our team for prompt and affordable rodent removal, and enjoy the peace of your new home.

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