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Opossums Are not terribly bothersome, Opossums are nocturnal and North America only marsupial. Opossums will sometimes den up with skunks and large denning sites can have an offensive odor. They will eat anything they can fit into their mouth, anything at all. They can have up to 12 young at a time with an average of around 6. The female gives birth to her young, at this time they can fit into a teaspoon. The female then deposits them into her pouch where she will keep and nurse them until they are ready to come out and ride on her back. They are weaned at about 2 1/2 months.

The Opossum is not a very smart animal, the Opossums’ brain is about the size of the end of a human thumb. The term “playing possum” is actually false, the Opossum will actually go into shock when it is attacked. The Opossum has no real defense, when approached they will open their mouth and show their teeth which have given them the nickname “grinner”.

The biggest problem that Opossums cause is getting into trash cans that have no lid or exposed trash bags. larger denning sites of opossums can cause a foul odor and they will sometimes den up with skunks.

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How to Keep Possums Away

Opossums are common nocturnal marsupials that are common in many places across the United States. They are often characterized by their pointed snouts, dark hair, and long tails. Opossums generally prefer forested areas that are nearby sources of water, however, as land continues to be developed they are increasingly common within urban and suburban areas. Opossums are known to rummage through trash cans and can destroy vegetation on a property which is why many seek to find methods to keep them out. Here are some ways to keep them away in a safe and effective manner. Visit getridofpossums.com to learn more about opossum removal methods.

Eliminate entry points

Opossums are not able to create their own nests. Because of this, they seek out sheltered spaces that they can use to rest and protect themselves from predators. Areas of the home such as crawl spaces and attics are common spots where the animals will set up their homes. In order to prevent this, entryways or open spots into the home should be fully covered up. Places such as the roof and foundation should be checked for holes or cracks. If any are found, they should be barricaded with expandable foam or concrete mix. Barriers such as vent covers can also be installed to further the effectiveness of these solutions. 

Startle tactics

Similar to keeping out animals like skunks or raccoons, opossums can be kept away by creating a space around your home that is uncomfortable for them. Scare tactics can be utilized to fend off opossums and turn them away from attempting to scavenge for food in your yard. Smaller investments such as motion-activated sprinklers and lights can be placed in different spots around the home that come on when wildlife is in the vicinity. When they quickly turn on, the opossums are startled and will leave. Sonic repellents can also be used in a similar fashion. These devices let off a high-frequency sound that repels the opossums and keeps them away from your home or property. 

Fencing

Installing quality fencing around your property is a great way to deter possums from entering your yard or home. Because opossums are not very skilled when it comes to digging, they will be unable to get around the barrier which safeguards your yard and prevents any of the adverse effects of having opossums on the property. In addition to this, it can also aid in protection from other wildlife animals such as raccoons. 

Hiring a Wildlife Removal Company

Although the previously listed options will surely add protection to your home and yard when it comes to preventing opossums, the best way to solve this issue is by hiring professionals who are experienced when it comes to this topic. Trained wildlife specialists at our company New Hampshire Animal Damage Control can install preventative infrastructure and utilize efficient methods to ensure that your yard is protected in the long term. A focus will be put on solving the issue effectively while making sure that you do not have to worry about spending an excess of time or money on low-quality fixes.

How to Get Rid Of Opossums from The Attic

Opossums are a special breed. For one, they are the only marsupial found in North America. Not to mention their ability to play dead and surprisingly sharp memory. Although opossums are mostly docile, they are still classified as pest species because of the problems they cause for humans- from scavenging garbage to living under houses or in the attic. In the attic, their presence comes along with rustling sounds made while moving on the ceiling. What’s more, they leave a whole lot of droppings, which damages the insulation and pollutes the space. They also chew through wood and drywall. Opossums are also carriers of diseases such as tuberculosis, leptospirosis, spotted fever, and trichomoniasis, among many others. Hence, it is undesirable to have an opossum in the attic. In this post, we explore how you can get rid of this nuisance wildlife. 

Inspection

The purpose of an inspection is to assess the severity of the opossum infestation problem you’re dealing with. Not only do you want to locate areas with the highest activity, but you also want to look for potential entry holes. Look through your attic, paying attention to the corners and crevices. Also, inspect the insulation for signs of activity – like torn-off insulation or accumulated droppings. Opossum droppings are large with slightly pointed ends. They resemble a dog’s droppings. 

Removal

Opossums in the attic can be removed through two main strategies:

  • Exclusion

This involves identifying all potential entry holes into your attic and sealing them up except one. A one-way door is then installed in this last hole that’s left open. With the exclusion device installed, any opossum that leaves is unable to get back in. Once you’ve gotten rid of the opossum, you can then remove the exclusion device and seal up the hole. Note that exclusion is not ideal for female opossums with babies (called joeys). Why? Because you risk separating the mother from her joys. The abandoned joeys will eventually die, and you automatically have a new problem to deal with. 

  • Live Trapping

Like other wildlife, live traps can also be used to capture opossums. As scavengers and omnivores, opossums can eat almost anything. Hence, a wide variety of food can serve as bait, but the best options are fish, apples, or canned pet food. Trapping opossums requires an adept understanding of their behavior. This helps to determine the right positioning and appropriate bait, among other factors. That’s why working with professionals like those at New Hampshire Animal Damage Control is prudent. When dealing with a female opossum with her babies, trapping is the best option. Since opossums are nocturnal, you can capture the babies at night and use them as bait to lure their mother into the cage. After capturing the opossum(s), it should be relocated at least 10 miles away from the current location. Note that the trapping and relocation of opossums are subject to local wildlife laws. Make sure you check with your local wildlife authority before trapping or relocating an opossum.

Decontamination and Repairs

After you’ve gotten rid of the opossum, you should then clean up the entire attic. Pick up all waste materials – with your gloves on – and dispose of them. Use an enzyme-based cleaner to kill all bacteria. Opossums are destructive in the attic. They can tear up air ducts and insulation. That’s why all damages need to be fixed. 

Wrap Up

Getting rid of the nuisance opossum from the attic is only the first step. It’s also important to put measures in place to prevent them from returning. Here are some tips to bear in mind:

  1. Eliminate food sources from your yard. 
  2. Properly seal off trash cans. 
  3. Do not leave pet food outside, especially at night. 
  4. Remove seed crumbs from underneath the bird feeders
  5. Seal up potential entry holes into your attic
  6. Cut off tree branches overhanging your roof. 
  7. Keep your yard and garden clean. 
  8. If possible, install a fence. 

If you need a wildlife expert to help you handle your opossum infestation and put preventive measures in place, promptly contact us at New Hampshire Animal Damage Control.

 

 

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