In contrast to common belief, opossums aren’t rodents. They are marsupials native to North America. At full adulthood, opossums can weigh an average of around 15 pounds and measure around 2 feet in length. This is about the same size of a small dog. This can alarm anyone who crosses paths with an opossum since many assume they are the size of rabbits or rats. Although not an animal called for viciousness, it may bite and attack in self-defense if it feels threatened. This is a bad situation since possums could be carriers of infectious diseases.
It’s never a good sign to catch sight of a possum on your property for a number of reasons. Not only are they known carriers of infectious diseases, they cause landscaping and property damages also. Also, opossums do not like to travel far, which means in the event that you see one, its den is the most likely somewhere close by. For this reason and more, it is sensible to implement some methods to keep opossum off your premises.
Get Rid of Opossums
The first step to keeping possums off your property is to remove all sources of food, water, and shelter. To achieve this, remove all pet food, bird seed, squirrel feeders, water bowls, trash cans, and any other kinds of food and water. Since opossums are nocturnal, make sure to only take your trash cans out to the curb on the morning of pickup day. Opossums will dig through garbage bags and rummage through the trash in search of food scraps. Eliminating this frequent possum attraction and others can cut the frequency at which they go to your premises.
Since you don’t want to remove the vegetables and fruits in your garden, put in a fence around it instead. This will keep a variety of wildlife from entering and eating all the crops. Try sprinkling clove oil or cinnamon around the outside of your garden for a natural wildlife repellent.
If there are animals living beneath particular regions of your home, they need to be drawn out with bait, and then the opening of that area needs to be sealed. This will make opossums move on and find new shelter elsewhere as they are not able to return to their spot. Use marshmallows, boiled eggs, or canned tuna fish to lure them out of hiding, then use that opportunity to seal up their access points.
Opossums are wonderful climbers and will also use trees for shelter and protection. They can climb trees and access rooftops, if tree limbs can get to the top of the house. Trim tree limbs that are close to or against your residence. This will eliminate access to your roof and remove a likely hang-out spot for possums.
Get in touch with a local wildlife control company for skilled help getting rid of pesky opossums. They have the proper tools, training, and resources to exclude nuisance wildlife and prevent their return. Some companies even offer minor attic and crawl space restorations and other repairs caused by animal damage.