Wildlife damage isn’t always obvious to those that aren’t trained in what to look for. But if you look carefully for elements that don’t fit, you can see the signs.
If you can’t see the problem perhaps you need The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd ed. Details in the Store.
Here is a brief video I did for Lorman providing some tips on wildlife damage inspection. I do have one typo in the piece. When I discuss the flashlight, it should be 800 lumens not 80,000. Oops. Enjoy.
Stephen M. Vantassel
Tips for Vertebrate Pest Inspection
A few weeks ago, I completed a short training video entitled, Tips for Vertebrate Pest Inspection. It is based on my book, The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd. ed. Lorman is a company dedicated to training business professionals in a wide variety of topics. I was offered another opportunity to present with them (Several years ago I did an hour-long presentation on bird control).
This video covers some fundamental issues in wildlife damage inspection and should be available soon. I’ll let you know if and when it is. Otherwise, contact Lorman.com for additional information.
Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Professional and is available for presentations and consultations.
Paying attention to details is critical in wildlife control. So how many house sparrows can you find in this photo? Scroll below to see the answer.
The answer is
1 on the roof
8 on the fence
1 in the bush
So the total is 10!!
Inspecting Using the Phone
Let’s face it. Traveling to your client’s property takes time and reduces productivity. How often have you visited a site only to learn that you didn’t have the equipment needed to handle the job; thereby requiring you to make yet another trip?
Well, learning how to interview your client over the phone can go a long way in reducing wasted time and effort as well as improving customer satisfaction and your bottom line.
Pest Control Technology magazine recently published a chapter on phone inspections from my recent book, The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition. Click the link and read it for yourself. I would love to hear what you think about it.
Vantassel, S. M. (2013, September). Find Answers Over the Phone. Pest Control Technology, pp. 26, 28, 30-31. Click the link to read the phone inspection chapter http://www.pctonline.com/digital/201309/files/26.html
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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