Opossums seek shelter under your home, in your garage, in your chimney, in the attic of your home or any other place they can find that will provide protection. Opossums are omnivores and eat a wide variety of foods. Their primary food is insects, small rodents, earthworms, birds, snakes, snails and frogs. They also eat many kinds of berries, fruits and vegetables. In your home or on your property they may eat fruit on trees, pecans, pet food, garbage in trash cans and seeds in bird feeders.
When Opossums set up shelter in your attic they can damage your air ducts. Opossums will use their claws and sharp teeth to break and tear air ducts and every other thing around the material. Torn air ducts will require a replacement immediately. Opossums are great climbers, and grow large quickly. They must be removed from your attic as soon as possible. In addition to damaging the air ducts, opossums are also known to damage insulators and electrical wires around the attic. When wire cables or insulators are damaged through cuts from sharp teeth and claws, there is an increased risk of accidental fires that can lead to significant fire damage to your property.
Aside from the physical damage that Opossums can do to your property, they can also transmit diseases to people and pets. Known to carry tuberculosis, spotted fever, leptospirosis, tularemia, coccidiosis, toxoplasmosis, trichomoniasis, chagas disease and other diseases. The pesky creatures pose serious health threats when they invade your home or property. Opossums are host animals to ticks, fleas, mites and lice, which puts cats and dogs at risk of becoming infested with these parasites. If you own horses you should be aware of the dangers associated with opossums that carry a protozoan known as Sarcocystis neurona, which can lead to neurologic disease in equines.
These are all reasons that it is best to hire a professional wildlife removal company for Opossum removal. They have the knowledge, tools, and equipment to remove Opossums and keep you, your family, and pets safe. Items that you can purchase online such as repellents and ultrasonic sound emitters do not work. There is no quick and easy fix when it comes to opossum control. It’s best to have a professional trap and remove the animals properly. Quality Pest and Wildlife will develop a customized plan for possum control to keep them away from your home.
To prevent opossums from entering your home you will want to seal up any area they can use to enter your home. Open holes provide easy access. Once opossums are inside homes, barns, or chicken coops, that’s where most damage occurs. To limit access, trim branches, close entrances, and fix broken vents or foundation cracks. Opossums occasionally enter homes through pet doors, so those doors should be sealed, too. Replace any damaged doors or access panels, repair holes in walls, and place screens or lattice so that animals cannot get beneath decks. Remove any food source as opossums eat just about anything. Seal and stabilize trash cans as opossums frequently knock over trash cans to access its contents.
To help keep opossums away from a garden, many homeowners put up fences. Fencing should be at least 4 feet high. Make the yard less appealing by pruning trees and shrubs, removing brush piles and other debris, and cleaning up fallen tree fruit. Getting rid of or sealing food materials, water sources, and potential opossum homes effectively prevents these critters from sticking around. If pet food or trash are outside overnight, it’s an open invitation for a feast. If fruit-bearing plants are on your property, ensure crops aren’t left on the ground.
If you are hearing scratching noises or have seen a possum in your backyard or on your property or roof, you likely have a possum that has taken up residency in your attic or somewhere in your home. Opossum removal is pertinent and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Opossums can cause great damage to your property as well as introduce disease to you or your home easily. Quality Pest and Wildlife takes care of your Houston Opossum removal. We perform removal that includes cage traps. We then remove the opossums and they are taken to the wilderness where they are released humanely. We are the specialists for possum removal Houston residents have come to rely on. Contact us to develop the best plan for your Houston Opossum Removal.