I know everyone on here is a professional and is properly licensed to handle the animals and applicators they are in possession of, well I hope. I have been on many jobs this year where wildlife techs have used pesticide applications in an attempt to eliminate wildlife because they failed at trapping or made no attempt to trap. Also been on jobs where Pest guys have attempted to trap wildlife unlicensed while treating a property for bug related issues, we all know this isn't a secret and happens all the time. I've seen an increase of this over the years but this year has been the worse. Plenty of folks out there who were at one time in the pest business that went to the wildlife side of things and vise versa. I've thought about obtaining an applicators license to add to my services but just haven't made the leap. I'm content in dealing with the wildlife side of things, and that's where I excel in, not "bugs". I've always been a proponent in becoming proficient in what you do before you add to it. I get the whole trying to make a buck gig, but for the folks who are getting into the business who come on here for advice or what ever information you're looking to obtain, it would behoove you to do your research in obtaining the correct information and sticking to what you're licensed in doing. Not rocket science to trap animals or refer to a list and protocol for applicators, but there's a licensing procedure for a reason. My 11 and 7 year old can out trap or trap just as good as most of the licensed guys around here its not hard.
People going to calls without ladders, missing obvious entry and exit points, memorizing phrases from pest and wildlife books and in return talking to homeowners about these matters when they have no idea what they're talking, again being proficient have an idea on knowing what and why you're doing something or purpose it serves on the job. One of my last jobs going in after a pest and wildlife guy who's attempts failed in the removal of the problem on the same house have caught up to them. Huge money fines, loss of license, the book is being thrown at these two individuals. I feel if either one of those individuals had put a ladder on front gable end of the house, they would've seen the entry hole in the roof where the animals were getting in. Simple one way door could've been installed and several traps in the crawl space could've solved this issue. Once they felt they were gone should've put a trail cam up to confirm, then hardware clothed the opening. Then speak to the homeowner about having a contractor re roof and fix the facia boards if you're not in contract to do that type of work.. That's all I did and the problem was solved. These two individuals spend a total of 3 months on this house, and not one of them stepped foot on the roof or put a ladder up for that matter. It pays to familiarize yourself with the line of work you're in. (end rant) ;/