Otter Control

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Mostly aquatic in nature and part of the weasel family, 13 species of otters live around the world. The most common otter in the region, the North American river otter is seen in select lakes and river systems along the Eastern and Southeastern North American seaboard, the U.S. Northwest, and much of Canada up to Alaska. While they are not particularly problematic for the general public, the animals are capable of inflicting great financial burden on businesses and residential properties located in close proximity to water.

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Otters have elongated, slender bodies similar to weasels. They regularly reach almost 50 inches in length and typically weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. Females are usually a bit smaller than males and have four mammary glands located on their upper chests. Expert swimmers, otters possess webbed feet and flattened tails used for aquatic acrobatics. The animals also have small ears and prominent nose pads on their snouts.

DIET

River otters mostly feed on fish and shellfish, but they also make occasional meals out of waterfowl. Sea otters exclusively eat fish and shellfish and are actually considered a keystone species, as they moderate sea urchin populations. Otters have hands capable of grasping objects, which are useful for cracking open shellfish against rocks.

HABITAT

Favored otter habitats include fresh inland waters and costal sea shores. North American river otters prefer to live in fresh water systems with plentiful food sources. Sea otters are only found in the Pacific Sea.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

As semiaquatic animals, otters have been spotted running and lounging on land. Still, they are not known to enter homes or other buildings. Properties containing bodies of water, such as lakes or ponds, run the highest risk of otter infestations.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Although they are usually friendly, otters will become defensive when they feel threatened. However, very few otter incidents have been reported. Commercial fish farms can suffer significant financial losses if families of otters take up residence in their fish reservoirs. Property owners with fish-filled ponds also experience financial losses.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

To exclude otters from private properties, landowners should erect fences around at-risk water systems. Modifying preferred otter habitats by limiting the availability of shellfish, fish, and frogs is another method of controlling otter populations. As the wild animals can carry diseases transmittable to humans, it is essential to avoid contact. Dead otters must be disposed of properly, which involves calling professional services to ensure sanitary removal procedures.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Since they are legally protected furbearing animals, otters should not be killed without proper certification from local authorities. To avoid fees and jail time, property owners are encouraged to contact wildlife control specialists at the first indication of otter activity. Using integrated pest management techniques, Trutech professionals expertly craft multi-faceted and well-researched plans to achieve safe and humane otter removal.


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