Colorado is home to 3 different species of Prairie Dogs. Prairie Dogs can cause a great deal of damage to the environment, as well as carry a number of diseases. Prairie Dogs have been shown to carry a flea that carries the Bubonic Plague, as well as create hazards for dogs, horses and other livestock. There are a few options you have when mitigating Prairie Dogs in Colorado. The location of the Prairie Dogs will determine the appropriate method of remediation. Whatever way you choose, it is extremely important, and mandated by law, that a Qualified Supervisor License, from the Department of Agriculture be held by the individual or be employed by the company performing the mitigation.
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INSPECTIONS NEEDING TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE & AFTER PRAIRIE DOG MITIGATION
In Colorado, Burrowing Owl checks need to be performed 3 consecutive days before mitigation begins. Burrowing Owls have been shown to take over Prairie Dog Holes to raise their young. If baiting Prairie Dogs, the need to remove them from the area (if they are above ground and expired) as eagles, hawks and owls eat Prairie Dogs on a regular basis and can be affected by eating expired Prairie Dogs. Both the before and after inspections that are required are vital in maintaining appropriate and safe mitigation of these animals.
COMMON, AND APPROPRIATE MEANS OF PRAIRIE DOG REMOVAL
As stated above, Blue Tick Pest & Wildlife Control Specialists always follow State and Federal guidelines when using pesticides or taking animals. The location of the Prairie Dog holes plays an important role in deciding what control methods can be used for mitigation purposes. Some of these mitigation techniques are:
- Carbon Monoxide treatments (95% success rate- preferred method- no removal necessary; dependent on location of holes)
- Oat Baiting (very affective; high potential for secondary poisoning; removal from grounds will need to occur)
- Fumitoxin/Phosphine gas (Restricted Use Pesticide “RUP”: very affective, highly regulated; secondary preferred method; dependent on location of holes; no removal necessary)
- Trapping (live or kill traps; least effective; most costly technique)
All chemical methods will depend on location of holes, surrounding structures and city and county ordinances. Call Blue Tick Pest & Animal Control Specialists for a free inspection and to learn more about what method is right for your situation (720) 394-6335.
PUBLIC PERCEPTION AND PRAIRIE DOG REMOVAL
Often, municipalities, government agencies or private land-owners have to deal with Prairie Dog colonies and have real reasons to control these issues. That however does not change public perception and can bring negative publicity toward the institution or private citizen. Blue Tick Pest & Wildlife Control Specialists perform Prairie Dog mitigation as inconspicuous as possible; often performing work in unmarked trucks, or at off hours when less people will be present. Call Blue Tick Pest Control to learn more about how your institution or property can be helped with appropriate mitigation techniques for Prairie Dogs.
ARE THERE HUMANE WAYS TO GET RID OF PRAIRIE DOGS?
Blue Tick Pest & Animal Control Specialists follow rules and regulations in regard to humane trapping, baiting and euthanasia from multiple agencies (both state and federal). These agencies include but are not limited to: