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Opossum Removal

Compared to other wildlife pests, opossums are not particularly dangerous creatures. Although they carry diseases, they will rarely bite and scratch anything that confronts them, choosing instead to either hiss or, if placed under extreme stress, play dead. Additionally, their prehensile tail makes them very nimble when climbing trees, fences, or walls to escape predators rather than fight back.

But despite their gentle nature, they will, like any other mammal, invade homes or gardens in search of food or shelter. This is especially likely during the winter months, as opossums do not hibernate as they cannot store fat in the same way as other creatures. As a result, they can be a nuisance in yards and will find shelter in the attics of homes, underneath porches, inside sheds, etc.

​Fortunately, however, they do not have a habit of digging, clawing, or gnawing their way through materials like other pests, for example, gophers, bats, or squirrels. This means they are highly unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your home. But because they carry diseases, they still need to be removed safely and properly by taking the following steps:

  • A thorough physical inspection of the exterior of your home to find any gaps the opossums might be using to get inside. Note that it might be worth trying to observe them entering or exiting to confirm this, which is best done at night as opossums are nocturnal.
  • If you know the opossums are in your attic or under your porch, you may be able to remove them using snare poles. In particular, keep an eye out for an adult female, as this will mean you need to also look for any baby opossums, called joeys, and remove them too.

 

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  • In some cases, preventative measures can be enough to get rid of the opossums, especially if you are only dealing with one or two rather than an entire colony. Unlike some other mammals, opossum prevention revolves around removing access to the shelter or food sources to make your home unattractive for them.
  • For food, keep all trash stored in some sort of container, clear any fallen fruit from your garden or yard, store pet food in secured containers the opossums cannot get to. To keep opossums from your home, seal up any gaps you may have found in your external assessment using metal mesh-like steel as the opossums cannot get through it. Also, consider trimming back tree branches that may be providing access to your roof.
  • Laying traps is also an option, although you may need help from a professional. Depending on the size of the infestation, you may need to use several traps. Make sure to set them in commonly used areas or paths the opossums use and avoid using meat-based baits as you may accidentally attract something else instead.

 

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Opossum Prevention

As many know, while opossums are very unique animals, they can also be a disaster to have around your property or in your home. Opossums can carry many serious diseases, as well as cause a wide variety of property damages. This is why homeowners try so hard to prevent opossums. Luckily, there are several tips you can use to keep opossums from getting onto your property or into your house. Continue reading to learn more about these methods. Learn more about how to keep opossums away from your home.

Fix Your Home

Often, when an opossum gets into a home, it means that there was a large entry point that the opossum was able to find. In some cases, opossums can create their own entry holes, but in many cases, there was a large problem, to begin with. In order to keep opossums out of your home, you need to take a few important steps. The first step should be a deep examination of the interior and exterior of your home. Paying special attention to the attic, the roofline, and the foundation can be a very important tip. Basically, you will be searching for any problem areas like large entry points, cracks, or weak points. If you find any of these problems, repair them in the best way possible. Often, this means attaching aluminum sheeting, fixing up cracks with a durable sealant, or even installing new shingles, siding, or lumber. Once you have done this, it is very unlikely that an opossum will make its way into your home.

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Make Your Yard Less Appealing

One common reason that opossums come onto particular properties is that they are looking for somewhere warm to live. If they can, they will try to move into heated buildings like homes. This is especially true if they have young they are looking after. If they cannot get into homes, they will settle for sheltered areas in your yard. A great way to reduce your yard’s appeal is to clean up any wood piles or brush piles that the opossum might want to use for shelter.

Once you have cleaned up the shelter, focus on easy food access for opossums. Opossums love to eat virtually everything. They especially like small critters found in messy yards. Keep your grass and weeds trimmed, as it will keep smaller rodents away. Be sure that any and all pet food and garbage are kept out of reach of opossums. In addition, always keep cleaning up the yard from any fallen fruit or vegetables. These steps alone should reduce the appeal of your yard to opossums.

Fence It

If you are tired of dealing with opossums entirely, putting up a fence could be an excellent idea. Most fences will keep opossums out completely. This will keep you, your family, and your pets safe from any of the diseases and damage that opossums can cause. This can also protect any small animals, fowl, or rabbits you may have on your property. Particularly if you have small children who may not know to run away from opossums, this is a great way to keep them safe.

Hire a Professional

Sometimes the prevention methods taken by homeowners are not enough to keep these resourceful animals out. If this is the case for you, consider contacting a wildlife control company, as they generally have a lot of animal prevention experience. In addition to removing animals you may already have on your property, these experts will be able to provide prevention and exclusion services to keep any and all nuisance wildlife out of your home and away from your property.

Why hire Mighty Men Pest Control?

Here at Mighty Men Pest Control, our experts have been dealing with opossums and their prevention for years. This wealth of experience allows Mighty Men Pest Control experts to know exactly how to prevent animals from coming onto your property and into your home. We are proud to service San Mateo County, Napa County, Sonoma County, and Contra Costa County in California. If you have a wildlife prevention concern, give us a call at Mighty Men Pest Control!

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