Our Ethics- Trapping and Pesticide Use

Our Code of Ethics

From time to time our developed environment becomes attractive to wildlife, and that wildlife can then become “a nuisance” or economically damaging to our property. In these cases, we must take action to mitigate the animal populations swiftly and humanely so they don’t overrun, or build up their population so that they are more difficult to control.

How We Operate:

  1. It is our policy that we only kill animals where absolutely necessary to protect plants and property from damage, or for the safety of people and livestock.
  2. We will not take on a project where we are asked to exterminate native wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, when someone moves to the forest and then dubs the local critters “nuisance wildlife” we will not oblige them by trapping and killing the entire forest’s mole population (a woodland native animal).
  3. We feel it is our role to educate property owners on how to exclude gophers and moles from gardens as a primary defense. All plants should be planted in gopher baskets, and all stone walkways should be lined with gopher wire, where feasible.
  4. We will not take “easy money” from customers. If a customer hires us and upon site inspection it turns out they don’t really need our services, we will not accept money or perform “work for work’s sake” just to generate an invoice. We like to earn our dollars with results.

Smith’s Gopher Trapping also prescribes to the National Wildlife Control Operators Association’s code of ethics, which are as follows:

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National Wildlife Operations Association

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NWCOA Statement to Support Scientific Wildlife Population Management The National Wildlife Control Operators Association supports sound, scientific wildlife management principles including, but not limited to: hunting, trapping, and any other lethal population control measures in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations.[/wpcol_4fifth_end]

NWCOA Code of Ethics:

  1. I will strive to follow all laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife damage management.
  2. I ascribe to a professional code of conduct that embodies the traits of honesty, sincerity and dedication.
  3. I will show exceptionally high levels of concern and respect for people, property and wildlife.
  4. I will promote the understanding and appreciation of the many values of wildlife and scientific wildlife management, as well as an appreciation for the economic and health concerns of people adversely affected by wildlife.
  5. I will be sensitive to the various viewpoints of wildlife damage management.
  6. I will provide expertise on managing wildlife damage to my clientele upon request, within the limits of my experience, ability and legal authority.
  7. I will promote competence and present an image worthy of the profession by supporting high standards of education, employment and performance.
  8. I will strive to broaden my knowledge, skills and abilities to advance the practice of commercial wildlife damage management.
  9. I will, in good faith, select new or time proven methods for resolving wildlife damage conflicts and give due consideration to humaneness, selectivity, effectiveness and practicality.
  10. I will treat my competition and clientele in a courteous manner and in accordance with honorable business practices.
  11. I will encourage, through word and through deed, all Commercial Wildlife Control Operators to adhere to this code and to participate in state associations of Commercial Wildlife Control Operators.


Our happy customers include: City parks, school districts, and thousands of private residences around the San Francisco Bay. Give us a try! We think you will be impressed by our results.

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We service following Bay Area neighborhoods twice weekly:
Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, San Jose, San Francisco, Woodside, Los Altos, Novato, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk, Pleasanton, Fremont, Oakland, El Cerrito, and Santa Cruz/ Bonny Doon, CA too!