While they may not be the most aggressive pests ever to grace your home, possums come with their own serious problems. First, possums have grown more and more accustomed to people, because their new urban homes provide them with plenty of human interaction. Second, they’re adept climbers who can easily find their way onto the roof and into your attic (given a large enough hole). Finally, possums are omnivorous mammals that don’t mind scrounging through your garbage.
All these problems can make it considerably difficult to exorcise a possum family from your home. Identifying an infestation is easy. Getting them out is hard and often requires the help of wildlife control professional. Here are some common signs of possum invasion, plus some helpful tips from the pros on how to keep possums away!
Possum in Attic: Nasty Consequences
Highly utilitarian creatures, possums don’t assemble their own nests. Instead, they like to take advantage of dens or nests left by other creatures. They general prefer to make their home in an out of the way area. While occasionally found in sheds or storage areas, they are frequently found in the attic spaces because of the warm, insulated environment.
Once installed in their new home, possums produce some nasty byproducts. The waste possums produce does more than just smell bad. It can also damage the attic flooring and the ceiling beneath. Nobody likes the thought of pests spreading their droppings in the attic above, but the consequences of a possum dying in your attic are even worse. That leads in to our first professional tip…
PRO-TIP #1: DON’T TRY TO POISON POSSUMS IN YOUR ATTIC.
Using poison as a means of possum removal can have grave repercussions. Dead possums smell very bad. Unlike smaller animals that quickly lose their scent after dying, the smell from deceased possums can persist for months. If the poison doesn’t kill the animal, it often has the unintentional effect of driving the animal back into its nesting area.That doesn’t mean that you should give up and let them have the run of the attic. After all, possums (especially young ones) can fall into the walls and perish there. They still need to be handled, just in a smart way.
Possums are considerably harder to remove from a property they’ve nested in. While they rarely show unprompted aggression towards humans, they can be somewhat dangerous when backed into a tight space. You should never attempt to remove a possum family by yourself, especially without the proper equipment.
How to Keep Possums Away
What attracts possums? To understand how to get rid of possums, you first need to understand what drew them to your home in the first place. That involves answering a few key questions:
- What Does a Possum Need to Survive?
- What Attracts Possums to Your House?
- What Sort of Environment Encourages Them to Stay?
- What Food Attracts Possums?
When a possum makes it’s home in your home, that means that there is an environment available that fits the animal’s needs. Food is present and conveniently accessible in your home or a nearby neighbor’s. Your home offers sufficient protection from potential predators. Your property has plenty of hiding places that encourages its continued survival, and there are no household dogs that might injure or kill the brood.
These are the conditions that a possum considers when choosing a nesting area. Your plan for discouraging possums from living in your home is now easy to see, and that brings us to our second point!
PRO-TIP #2: MAKE YOUR HOME AN UNWELCOME ENVIRONMENT FOR POSSUMS
First, make sure there is no easily accessible food to draw the animal into your property. Make sure your dog or cat food isn’t left outside after dark. Lock or seal your trashcans as well. Like raccoons, possums are skilled scavengers that will eat just about anything.
Next, trim back any trees situated next to the house. We mentioned earlier that possums are adept climbers. Because possums can easily mount fences or trees next to the house, untrimmed trees makes the process of mounting the roof much easier.
Third, prepare your home to block out these pests. While possums may be adept climbers, they rarely try to get in the attic without a preexisting hole. That could be a loose fascia board or soffit vent. If you need to, call your local roofer and tell them you need soffit repair for animal entry prevention; they’ll understand. Possums are just one of many pests that will try to enter through your roof, but they do lack one quality that makes them a somewhat strange during the winter. This leads us to our final tip.
PRO-TIP #3: BE PREPARED FOR DIFFERENT BEHAVIOR FROM POSSUMS IN WINTER
You may have thought that you could kick back and relax during winter while the possum family hibernates. There’s just one problem: possums don’t hibernate. To avoid the bitter night cold, possums will alter their sleep cycle and begin walking around in broad daylight. This can lead to some startling encounters, so make sure you’re prepared!
Schedule Your Humane Possum Relocation Service!
At Dallas Fort Worth Wildlife Control, we work hard to provide a human solution to your wildlife problems. That includes our professional Arlington and Fort Worth, TX possum removal service! If you’ve had difficulty getting your possums to leave on their own, we’d love to help you. We’ll safely relocate them for you, because we believe in preserving our local ecosystem.
Give our wildlife control experts a call today at (817) 606-7607 or (972) 954-9244 to get started on your possum removal! We can also assist with attic disinfection, so that your attic space is clean and ready for use