Opossum often live in attics, soffits, eaves, gutters, chimneys, basements, and on roofs. It is important that nuisance Opossums are removed to prevent damage. If Opossums are left alone and not exterminated, they could chew on wires, cause a fire, damage insulation, chew on rafters, chew holes in the roof, and chew holes through the ceiling.
Opossums which have made their way into any structure are removed by trapping the animals and exclusion (sealing the entry points). It may be difficult and very time consuming to trap Opossums one by one. In most cases, it is much more efficient to remove Opossums by sealing off all of the entry points and allowing the Opossums to exit by installing a one way exclusion device (excluder).
Opossums live in most of the U.S. Opossums are the only marsupial in North America (their young live in a pouch on their stomach).
Opossums want to get in. If every Opossums around your home knew they could get in, they would. Your attic & crawl space is warm, insulated, and safe from predators. Opossums will usually find a way in through a construction gap that was left open when the home or building was built. Opossums can also get in if they can find a weak area that can easily be chewed. Opossums can chew through anything that is not metal or concrete.
The most common problem for Opossums is when they go into an attic. Usually, Opossums in the attic are first noticed when scratching is heard in the ceiling. They may also be found by seeing holes chewed into the attic, soffit, or eaves.
So, you're probably wondering, how do we get rid of Opossums!? The process is simple, but it can be a daunting task. Removing Opossums the right way is time consuming and could be dangerous to the amateur.
This is the first step to properly identifying the correct species and that it is in fact Opossums getting in. Wildlife specialists will find the entry points, Opossum damage, and be able to create a plan to remove the Opossums, seal off the openings, and repair any damage.
Opossum Trapping & Removal
On any Opossum removal program for attic Opossums, typically it will be recommended by your wildlife control operator that Opossums should be removed with a one-way excluder door. This door is installed on the main entry point where there is clear evidence of where the squirrels are going in and out. The evidence that we find is either chew marks, fecal matter, urine, grease marks, hair, or crumbs from a food source. This information is vital to a successful Opossum removal program.
Opossum Exclusion, Opossum Proofing, & Opossum Prevention
Different materials will provide different levels of protection depending on the type of species and the severity of your problem.
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