Opossums are one of the many nuisance wildlife that can cause big messes and damages to your property. These mammals are renowned diggers and will dig up piles of dirt on your lawn, creating burrows around your property and ruining your landscape.
Opossums prefer to live inside tree cavities, underground burrows, logs, and brush piles, but when they have access to attics and garages they gladly seize the opportunity. If an opossum finds its way into your building, it’s certain to leave some serious damage in its wake.
For instance, these animals will build nests in attics and garages and while at it, they can destroy attic insulation and tear out ductwork, they will also leave large piles of messy fecal matter. They feed on grains, fruits, and insects and will not hesitate to raid trash cans in search of discarded food.
When cornered, an opossum will bare its teeth and growl or screech in defense, they can also release an awful smelling liquid from their anal glands to scare off the intruder. Opossums will also play dead to trick an attacker and in very rare cases they will bite to defend themselves.
Excluding nuisance wildlife from your property requires skill, experience, and of course the license to do so. Removing animal pests from your home is better done before the breeding season rather than when they have little hungry mouths to feed. And for opossums, this is towards the end of fall and the beginning of winter.
Opossum removal is best done by live trapping using the appropriate baits and right cages. For an animal of its size, the appropriate cage should be about 30 to 40 inches in length and 12 inches in height. You can either use a 1-door cage or a 2-door cage, each has its advantages and they both work well when used properly with the right bait.
Placing the trap
To place the cage properly, you first have to find the opossum’s den and the location of the den will determine the most accurate way of placing the trap. For instance, if an opossum lives in the attic or garage, placing the trap may not be much of a challenge, but if the den is in the crawlspace or under the porch, this becomes a little challenging and you will have to use your intuition to ensure the trap is placed correctly. However, you have to ensure the trap is placed on an even surface and no less than 3 feet and no farther than 5 feet from the entrance.
Choosing a bait
Opossums eat fruits, grains, and insects, but not every one of these can act as a proper bait when trying to trap the animal. Baits such as fish, canned pet food, or apples are good and will lure in the animal, and ensure you place the bait so that the opossum will have to step on the trigger plate while going for the food. This way, the door of the cage will snap shut and the animal will be successfully trapped. If the bait isn’t placed appropriately and the opossum doesn’t step on the trigger plate, the door won’t close and the animal will not be trapped.
Setting your trap
Opossums are nocturnal animals; therefore, they go out to forage at night. With this information, opossum traps are best placed just before nightfall so that when it comes out to search for food, the bait will lure it in while the cage traps it. When you set your trap, it’s important to monitor it frequently, keep an eye on your trap to ensure that your catch isn’t left for too long in the cage. If you find nothing in the trap by morning, remove the trap and put it away.
Wildlife removal is safer, smoother, and more effective when professionals handle it. If opossums have taken shelter in your building, call us to get them out. Our experts at Norcal Wildlife Removal will get opossums on your property out and ensure they never return.
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