Opossums are the only marsupials in North America. While they are relatively docile creatures, they can cause damage to your home, get stuck between your walls, eat your food supplies, and leave their feces everywhere.
What do you do about opossum removal? The easiest way to remove opossums from your property is to contact a wildlife control agency like ours. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment for best methods on removing and relocating the creatures, with minimum fuss for you. But if you are looking for the means to get rid of them yourself, read on.
HOW TO GET RID OF OPOSSUMS
Opossums are omnivorous creatures and can scrounge for snails and plant roots just as happily as digging through your trash or eating from your pet’s food bowl. So keeping a tight lid on your food supplies won’t cut off access to theirs, or necessarily encourage them to leave.
There are a few products that claim to be effective opossum repellents, including:
- Commercial repellents and sprays
- Motion-activated sprinklers
- Audio devices (also labeled as ultrasonic emitters) are ineffective and have been declared fraudulent by the Fair Trade Commission.
However, when opossums have found someplace to nest, they are usually there to stay, even if it means finding new paths to avoid sprinklers or other repellents. For this reason, the only way to get rid of them is to remove them physically, especially if they have made their home in your attic.
Don’t try to catch an opossum by hand, even with gloves on. They are wild animals and can carry diseases; the last thing you want is to be bitten or scratched by them if they struggle to escape.
If you are going to catch them yourself, you’ll need to set traps. There are two main options:
- Lethal traps are indiscriminate and will kill whatever they catch. You’ll also have to dispose of the carcass.
- Live traps (such as cage traps) are humane, unlike lethal traps, and allow you to relocate the animal.
Before setting out to buy traps, however, you need to check your local state laws. There are regulations in place regarding trapping, relocating, and killing wildlife. In some areas where opossums are overpopulated, it is illegal to release the animals; catching them may come with the obligation to kill them.
SETTING THE TRAP
For the best results, knowing the ideal locations and bait to catch the opossums is essential.
- Bait the trap with overripe fruit or whole raw chicken eggs (don’t use meat, as it will attract cats).
- Set the trap near the nest, or anywhere you have observed high opossum activity.
- Opossums are nocturnal, so set the traps just after sunset. Check them early in the morning and before going to bed.
Once you have removed the animal, make sure that you seal any entry points to prevent other animals from taking its place.
If you find opossums living in your yard or home, you’ll want to remove them swiftly. The easiest way to do that is to get a professional to do the job for you.