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Vermin -“Wild animals which are believed to be harmful to crops, farm animals, or game, or which carry disease, e.g. rodents.”
Origin: Middle English (originally denoting animals such as reptiles and snakes): from Old French, based on Latin vermis ‘worm’.

There is a lot of talk about vermin or vermin control and it usually refers to rodents, rats, mice, birds including pigeons and sometimes foxes. It normally means that a certain animal has become a pest and needs to be killed or removed.

No animals or birds are actually classified as vermin and what one person may consider to be vermin may totally differ from someone else. This often leads to problems in the “pest control world” because certain animals can cause a lot of grief, distress and suffering to one person, whilst a neighbour might be totally un-aware and not affected.

Certain species of animals are included in various legislation, which basically means that they should be treated in a different way to other animals.
“The purpose of section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (‘the Act’) is to prevent the release into the wild of certain plants and animals which may cause ecological, environmental, or socio-economic harm. To achieve this section 14 prohibits the introduction into the wild of any animal of a kind which is not ordinarily resident in, and is not a regular visitor to, Great Britain in a wild state, or any species of animal or plant listed in Schedule 9 to the Act. In the main, Schedule 9 lists non-native species that are already established in the wild, but which continue to pose a conservation threat to native biodiversity and habitats, such that further releases should be regulated.”

A few examples of animals falling into the above category, which makes it illegal to release once caught are:
Canada Geese
Muntjac deer
Grey squirrels
Rats – but strangely only the black rat! (The most common species is Rattus Norvegicus -brown rat).

There are various other laws covering the ways various animals should be treated and should always be adhered to.

If you need a pest control service or have a problem with Ants, Fleas, Rats, Mice, Squirrels, Birds, Moles, Rabbits, Wasps or you need help with Wasp control or Wasp removal, moles in your garden or need mole removal, or pest prevention, or have a rodent or pest control problem in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area call: No-Nonsense Pest Control 01202 523469 or 07708 944620
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