Besides having a hard-to-spell name, opossums (pronounced possum) are common pests with a similar M.O. to raccoons. Opossum pest control is best done proactively, but if you’ve got an infestation already, there are a few things you can do.
Signs You Have an Opossum Infestation
Like raccoons, opossums are nocturnal, will get into your trash, and can often be found squatting in the attic. So how do you know which one you have? If all of the other signs are there, be sure to also look and see if your unwelcome scavengers are also digging for grubs. Opossums may be damaging your lawn or flower beds in addition to rooting around in the trash and scampering about the attic.
How to Prevent or Control an Opossum Infestation
Much like raccoon pest control, preventing an opossum infestation starts with making sure your property is an inhospitable as possible to these nocturnal pests.
- Keep pet food inside
- Weight trash can lids or keep trashcans inside a locked shed or garage
- Repair gaps in siding, eaves, under decks or porches, etc.
- Make sure your chimney has a chimney cover
- Cut back tree limbs to remove easy access to your roof/attic
- Use grub removal treatment on your lawn to remove this natural food source
Of course, if you suspect the opossums are already in your house, you should call a pest control expert to assess the situation and make sure all the opossums are removed before you repair and block the entrances/exits to your home. You don’t want an opossum trapped in your home because it won’t just be “playing opossum” for long.
Get an expert opinion on your opossum infestation today! Contact OPC Pest Control or call 518-877-6425!