Do you have an opossum problem on your property? Many people consider opossums to be cute and harmless animals. However, there is also a large percentage of the population that thinks they are ugly and scary. Most people know very little about opossums so let’s shed some light on these creatures. Here is a brief overview of opossums!
What Do They Eat?
Opossums are scavengers that will eat just about anything! They are omnivorous creatures that dine on both animals and plants. They love searching through trash cans and food containers for their next meal. An opossum’s diet also consists of insects, grains, and fruits. Since these critters hunt smaller animals like squirrels and mice, they like to inhabit attics where these animals like to reside.
Why Do You Want To Keep Them Out Of Your Home?
Opossums may look harmless; however, they can cause serious damage to your home and property. They can destroy a garden and tear through sod. If they find a way into your home, they can cause serious damage. In addition to costing you hundreds, and possibly even thousands of dollars, they also present a safety hazard. This is especially the case if you have pets or small children in your house. It is also important to note that mother opossums are very protective of their babies.
How Do I Keep Them Out Of My Home?
If you want to keep opossums out of your home, you need to first determine how they are getting inside in the first place. You will want to spend some time surveying your home for all possible entryways. You will want to patch any hole or gaps that serve as a way for them to get inside. You can rely on screens and caulk to do so. If you have an opossum already residing in your home, your best bet is to call in a professional. There is no reason to put yourself in harm’s way when you can leave it to an expert.
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