How to get opossums out of your attic
The opossum is a solitary and nomadic animal that looks for
opportunities at every turn. This crafty marsupial can sniff out any
food source, and is an excellent scavenger. It eats bugs, ticks, out
of your garbage cans, eggs, left over pet food, and compost piles.
Its omnivorous nature makes it less than meticulous when it comes to
a meal. Moreover, it can always find grub living near humans. Once
it finds a plentiful source of food and water, and adequate shelter,
it will consider staying for a while, usually to raise its joeys.
They are especially fond of your attic. Opossums are very dirty,
dropping waste constantly, and leaving food debris wherever they go.
Because they are the size of a cat, they piles are large as well.
An attic that becomes home to an opossum is quickly wet with urine,
covered with feces and debris, and the smell is horrid. Although it
is preferable to keep opossums out of your home to start with, it is
not always possible to do so. How can you rid yourself of this
unwanted guest? Start with the most obvious solution. Eliminate easy
sources of food and water. Make sure your garbage is in sealed
containers. Pick up uneaten pet food and animal feed. Leaving
leftover food and open garbage is an invitation to a number of wild
animals. Seal up cracks and holes in your home as best you can.
Opossum are opportunists. They do not go to a lot of trouble to find
or keep a home, unless raising young. Sometimes bright light and
noise, combines with the disappearance of easy food will make the
opossum leave. If she does have babies, and is harder to coax, you
can try commercial repellents, like big cat urine, ammonia based
substances and other chemical solutions to drive her off. You can
set live traps or exclusion funnels, and has the happy family
relocated. Poisons are an option, but not a good one. Animals rarely
die quickly, suffer terribly, and can end up in walls or under large
object where they die, stink, and attract bugs. Your best bet is to
contact an animal control specialist who will know how to remove the
opossum(s), and what to do with it. They can also advise you in the
necessary repairs needed to clear the damage and prevent
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