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How Can Opossums Get In My Home?

When you think of critters sneaking under your home or living in your attic, opossums, more commonly known as possums, are probably not the first animals you think of. However, it’s common for homeowners to find possums in or around their home. To learn more about possums, how to rid them of your property with professional possum removal services, read the article below.

How Do Opossums Get Inside?

Opossums are not the sneakiest of creatures but they are very good climbers and know how to look for openings in or under your home. Possums can typically just climb up the house and enter an accessible opening, like an uncovered soffit vent or open eave gap. They don’t usually force themselves in but if they find a large enough opening, they’ll take the opportunity to set up camp. The same goes for under the house. They won’t force or create an opening but if you have a larger accessible area, they’ll take the opportunity to create shelter.

Are Opossums Dangerous?

Despite what you may think, opossums are not very violent creatures. They will, however, protect themselves and their young if need be so that is important to keep in mind. Typically, when possums feel threatened they’ll display their sharp teeth and a hissing growl but that’s usually just for show.

Also, when they feel threatened by a predator that’s naturally larger or more aggressive, the possum will use the technique of playing dead to avoid being attacked. These creatures may not be as violent as others but they should not be handled with or removed unless done so by professional possum removal services.

Additionally, the opossum itself may not be very dangerous but the feces they leave behind as well as the pathogens and parasites they spread can be harmful to your health. Make sure you consult with wildlife control services if you have problems with possums. Be sure to never remove feces and waste without the proper gear to eliminate the risks of major diseases associated with such.

How To Prevent Opossums From Getting In My Home?

Because possums sneak into larger openings, the best way to prevent them is to search your home and seal up any openings. This can be easier said than done, so here are some other prevention techniques you can try:

  • Start by getting rid of anything in your yard that can be used for shelter such as old equipment, pile of leaves, buildup of firewood or debris, or even high grass.
  • Inspect your property for openings and cover all accessible areas under porches, sheds and other areas under your home and block them off as best as you can with hardware or rocks.
  • Look for any cracks or holes in your home no matter the height and seal those as well.
  • Chimney caps, underground fencing, roof vent covers and a number of other techniques can prevent wildlife from entering homes or burrowing under structures, thus removing the necessity to capture animals in the first place.

Professional Opossum Removal Services

The best way to remove these critters is to let professional opossum removal services do the job for you. There are a lot of variables involved and removing them without the proper knowledge and training can create issues that can unnecessarily harm you or the possum and their young. Trained professionals can ensure the problem is taken care of and no young get left behind, which can lead to the problem to persist or for the baby to die and leave hazardous odors.

For more information about Wildlife Control Services, contact us today at 860-236-2683.