In contrast to common belief, opossums are not rodents. They’re marsupials native to North America. At full adulthood, opossums can weigh on average approximately 15 pounds and measure up to 2 feet in length. This is about the same size of a small dog. This alone can alarm anybody who crosses paths with an opossum since many assume they are the size of rats or rabbits. Although not an animal known for viciousness, it can bite and attack in self-defense if it feels threatened.
It’s never a great sign to spot a possum on your property for a number of reasons. 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 much, which means if you see one, its den is most likely somewhere close by. For this reason and more, it’s wise to employ some methods to keep opossum off your premises.
The first step to keeping possums off your premises 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 some other kinds of food and water. Opossums will dig through garbage bags and rummage through all of the trash in search of food scraps. Eliminating this frequent possum attraction and others can decrease the frequency where they see your property. You may also install motion sensor lighting and sound machines to scare nocturnal wildlife away.
Since you don’t need to remove the produce in your garden, install a fence around it instead. This will thwart various forms of wildlife from entering and eating all the plants. Try sprinkling clove oil or cinnamon around the perimeter of your garden for a natural wildlife repellant.
As for shelter, opossums like to make their dens in concealed places, safe from predators. When it comes to residential properties, common areas to inspect are under decks and porches. If there are animals living beneath certain 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 move on and find new shelter elsewhere since they are unable to go back 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 get to the top of the house. Once nuisance wildlife gets 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 a roof and eliminate a probable hang-out spot for possums.
Contact a local wildlife control firm for professional help eliminating pesky opossums. They retain the appropriate tools, training, and resources to exclude nuisance wildlife and prevent their return. Some companies even provide minor attic and crawl space restorations and other repairs caused by animal damage.