Opossum Control Tips

If you’ve ever run afoul of the typical North American Opossum, you know what a nasty bit of business he can be. That long, pointy snout full of tiny but razor-sharp teeth and a wet, sneering hiss are enough to make a grown man cringe. Add disease-carrying fleas and some revolting personal habits and you’ve got a household pest worth calling in an exterminator.

Blog 4 Opossum found at nightThese marsupials (the only ones native to North America) are purveyors of fine garbage and garden vegetable alike. They will forage for anything edible and make a huge, dirty mess while they’re at it as well. They will consume anything from pet food to carrion as do so with relish.

Your porch, shed, attic or crawl space looks like a perfectly good places to build a nest if you’re an opossum. They can breed up to 3 times in a single year with each litter bearing between 6 and 9 babies and they’ll all be happy to remain in your attic for life. Oh and don’t forget that they stink. A lot. These are just a few of the things that make this pest pesky.

Given their disposition and rather unpleasant appearance and smell, the opossum isn’t really dangerous. They can be a little unpredictable when cornered or threatened and that hiss is somewhat chilling but they rarely attack.

Like many wild animals, opossums pose a challenge to even experienced pest control agents. The only truly effective way to eradicate them is to trap and removed them. That can be tricky, even for a pro.

Pros have special traps that can be baited and will safely contain the animal. A little cat food usually works since the animals seem to have a particular fondness for the stuff. Once caught, the unharmed but likely irate animal can be releases in a more appropriate location.

Relocation is usually very effective. Opossums are wanderers by nature and won’t stay in one place for too long. If you move them out, they will probably keep moving and not return.

IPM methods like sanitation, prevention and exclusion will help prevent future opossums from taking up residence. Here are a few IPM tips:

  • Use tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cars.
  • Put screens over any openings into your crawl space.
  • Use lattice at the base of porches and decks to keep pests from living underneath.
  • Don’t leave cat or dog food outside and unattended.

Prevent opossums from getting inside and you won’t have to serve the eviction notice. Call your IPM professionals at Ransford Pest today.


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