Compared to common belief, opossums aren’t rodents. They are marsupials native to North America. At full adulthood, opossums can weigh on average around 15 pounds and measure up to two 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 assume they’re the size of rats or rabbits. Although not an animal known for viciousness, it can attack and bite in self-defense if it feels threatened. This is a terrible situation since possums can be carriers of infectious diseases.
It’s never a great sign to see a possum in your property for a number of reasons. Not only are they known carriers of infectious diseases, they cause landscaping and property damages also. Gardens, yards, gutters, roofs, trash cans, and much more are all common areas of a property damaged by opossums and other nuisance wildlife. Also, opossums don’t like to travel far, so if you see one, its den is most likely somewhere close by. For this reason and more, it’s wise to implement some methods to maintain opossum off your property.
The first step to keeping possums off your premises is to remove all sources of water, food, and shelter. To accomplish this, remove all pet foods, bird seed, squirrel feeders, water bowls, trash cans, and some other types of food and water. Since opossums are nocturnal, make certain 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 frequent possum attraction and others can reduce the frequency where they see your property. You may also install motion sensor lighting and sound machines to frighten nocturnal wildlife away.
Since you don’t need to eliminate the fruits and vegetables in your garden, install a fence around it instead. This will thwart several types of wildlife from entering and eating all the plants.
As for shelter, opossums like to make their dens in hidden places, safe from predators. If there are animals living beneath specific areas of your home, they need 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 unable to return to their spot.
Opossums are great climbers and will also use trees for protection and shelter. They can climb trees and get rooftops if tree limbs can reach the surface of the house. Once nuisance wildlife gets access to your roof, they can find access inside attics or trigger major shingle damage. Trim tree limbs that are close or from the house. This will get access to a roof and remove a likely hang-out spot for possums.
Contact a local wildlife control company for professional help getting rid of pesky opossums. They retain the proper tools, training, and tools to exclude nuisance wildlife and prevent their return. Some companies even provide minor attic and crawl space restorations and other repairs brought on by animal damage.