Compared to common belief, opossums aren’t rodents. At full maturity, opossums can weigh on average approximately 15 pounds and measure up to 2 feet in length. This is about the exact same size of a small dog. This alone can alarm anybody who crosses paths with an opossum since many suppose they’re the size of rats or rabbits. Although not a creature known for viciousness, it may bite and attack at self-defense if it feels threatened.
It’s never a great sign to see a possum in your property for any number of reasons. Gardens, yards, gutters, roofs, trash cans, and much more are common areas of a house damaged by opossums and other nuisance wildlife. Also, opossums don’t like to travel much, so if you see one, its den is most likely somewhere close by. For this reason and more, it’s sensible to employ some methods to maintain opossum off your premises.
The first step to maintaining possums off your premises is to eliminate all sources of water, food, and shelter. To achieve this, remove all pet foods, bird seed, squirrel feeders, water bowls, trash cans, and some other kinds of water and food. Opossums will dig through garbage bags and rummage through all of the trash looking for food scraps. Eliminating this frequent possum attraction and others can decrease the frequency where they see your property. You might also install motion sensor lighting and sound machines to frighten nocturnal wildlife away.
As you don’t need to eliminate the produce in your garden, put in a fence around it instead. This will thwart several forms of wildlife from entering and eating all the plants.
As for shelter, opossums prefer to make their dens in concealed places, safe from predators. If there are animals living beneath specific areas of your house, they ought to be drawn out with bait, and then the opening of the area needs sealed. This will make opossums proceed and find new shelter elsewhere as they are not able to go back to their spot.
Opossums are wonderful climbers and will also use trees for protection and shelter. They can climb trees and get rooftops if tree limbs can get to the surface of the house. Once nuisance wildlife gets access to a roof, they could find access inside attics or trigger major shingle damage. Trim tree limbs that are close or from the property. This will get access to a roof and eliminate a probable hang-out place for possums.
Contact a local pest management firm for skilled help eliminating pesky opossums. They retain the appropriate tools, training, and tools to exclude nuisance wildlife and prevent their recurrence. Some companies even provide minor attic and crawl space restorations and other repairs brought on by animal damage.