In contrast to common belief, opossums aren’t rodents. They’re marsupials native to North America. At full adulthood, opossums can weigh on average around 15 pounds and measure up to 2 feet in length. This is about the same size of a small dog. This alone could 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 can attack and bite in self-defense if it feels threatened. This is a bad scenario since possums could be carriers of infectious diseases.
It is never a fantastic sign to spot a possum on your property for lots of factors. Not only are they known carriers of infectious diseases, they lead to property and landscaping damages also. Gardens, lawns, gutters, roofs, trash cans, and more are all common areas of a property damaged by opossums and other nuisance wildlife. Also, opossums do not like to travel far, which means if you see one, its den is most likely somewhere close by. For this reason and more, it is sensible to implement some methods to keep opossum off your premises.
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 types 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 all of the trash looking for food scraps. Eliminating this common possum attraction and others can cut the frequency at which they go to your property. You might also install motion sensor lighting and sound machines to scare nocturnal wildlife away.
Since you don’t want to eliminate the fruits and vegetables in your garden, put in a fence around it instead. This will thwart various kinds 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 repellant.
In terms of shelter, opossums like to make their dens in hidden places, safe from predators and bat poop. If it comes to residential properties, common areas to inspect are underneath decks and porches. If there are animals living beneath particular areas of your home, they ought to be drawn out with bait, and then the opening of that area needs sealed. This will make opossums move on and find new shelter elsewhere since they’re unable to come back to their spot. Use marshmallows, boiled eggs, or canned tuna fish to lure them out of hiding, then use that time to seal up their access points.
Opossums are great climbers and will also utilize trees for shelter and protection. They can climb trees and access rooftops if tree limbs can get to the top of the home. Once nuisance wildlife has access to your roof, they can find access inside attics or cause major shingle damage. Trim tree limbs that are close or against your house. This will eliminate access to your roof and remove a probable hang-out spot for possums.
Contact a local wildlife control company for professional help getting rid of pesky opossums. They retain the appropriate 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.