All Creatures Great and Small

Animal shelters and zoos

I haven’t mentioned this, but pests that show up in animal shelters, pet shops, zoos and similar places can be problematic for the animals if they aren’t managed properly. I remember when a pest control person sprayed a pet shop. The owner took the mammals out of the store, but when the exterminator sprayed the baseboards, the pumps picked up the chemical and it killed all the fish in the store. In another case, a pest control person sprayed a house and killed several snakes that were in aquariums. There are safe and effective methods of controlling pests in these situations and all shelters, zoos, etc. should practice them for the safety of the animals. I helped the City of Albuquerque about 15 years ago control pests and pigeons in the East Side Animal Shelter and it worked very well and they loved it. I have no idea if they still do that, or if they use pest control companies again. Using the Pesticide Precautionary Principle will help control pests safely. If anyone has pets, or has shelters or other animal organizations, I will be happy to help them. My email address is There is no reason to apply toxic pesticides in animal facilities (or human facilities).


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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