The whole issue of pest and pest control can be a touchy subject for those of us that live a cruelty free lifestyle by becoming vegan. Simple acts like adopting pets, avoiding dairy and meat products at the market and not going for leather and wool in clothing shows compassion towards animals. Compassion can be a bit difficult to show towards animals and pests that cause all sorts of problems in your home.
Actually, there are certain pests that can be handled with cruelty free options; you don’t have to immediately go for extermination. Before anything else, a preventive measure would be to keep your home clean at all possible times; there are pests that are drawn to food wastes like mice and rats.
Wasps are known to be dangerous pests, especially to those who are allergic to their sting; a person who’s allergic can go into shock even after just a single sting. Wasp nests inside your home or an area outside that’s too close for comfort leaves you with no choice but to have them exterminated. For situations where the wasp nest is located far away from the house and do not present immediate danger, we recommend leaving them be and avoiding the area because they will move eventually. Wasps build new nests almost every year in different locations, so by leaving them alone it does not mean that you’ll share your property forever.
Dealing with Mice and Rats
Since mice and rats are mammals, they are the two pests that vegans don’t want to harm even if these pests have wrecked havoc in their homes. Good news though, a lot of humane mousetraps are available; what makes these mousetraps different is that they only trap the mouse in a box, owners will then release them outside and the mouse is unharmed during the whole process. When dealing with mice and rats, this is would the ideal option if you don’t really feel like poisoning them or killing them in a trap. Another option that’s natural, but definitely not cruelty free, is to let your cat solve the pest problem.
What to do with Spiders?
If there are a few spiders in your home, then we suggest leaving them be; well, provided that they’re not venomous. Spiders are a lot more helpful then you might think since they catch other pests like flies. But if you’re in any way scared or disgusted by spiders then knowing that they’re lingering about may become a problem, a solution would be to trap them and release them outside or have someone do it for it you. Of course for far more serious problems like finding a dangerous spider infestation in your home, immediately contact a local pest control professional.