Why do I keep finding opossums in my yard?
Large marsupials known as opossums are indigenous to the rural regions around southern California, but they have been driven from their natural habitats due to human activity. Opossums have had little choice but to adapt to human culture and learn to live in close proximity to people as a result of the expansion of urban development into rural regions. Opossums are often seen in the areas close to outdoor sources of food and water that are accessible to them. Opossums are reported to be attracted to houses in southern California for a variety of reasons, including fruit trees, vegetable gardens, waste, pet food, ponds, and lawn pests. Opossums occur in a wide range of sizes; some of them may be as big as a house cat, while others are no bigger than a mouse. They are easily recognizable by their long tails, which resemble those of rodents, their hairy bodies, and their pointed snouts, which are equipped with pointy teeth. Opossums are nocturnal animals that choose dark, safe regions like the spaces under houses, decks, and sheds, as well as the areas around trash cans. Opossums are really ugly animals, and it’s not uncommon for people to have a startled reaction when they stumble upon one in the middle of the night. Opossums will show their sharp fangs, and hiss, and sometimes even act dead when they feel threatened. Opossums have a high tolerance for pain and have the ability to “play possum” in order to make you believe that they have passed away, despite the fact that they have suffered a serious injury. Because they might spread illness, opossums should never be captured by anybody other than trained experts.
Eliminate any potential food and water sources on your property to reduce the likelihood of opossums establishing a presence there. The pet food that was left outside should be brought inside before nightfall, and after throwing away trash, the can lid should be checked to make sure they are securely fastened. It is important to regularly clean and removes any fruit or vegetables that may have fallen into ponds, fruit trees, or gardens.
Opossums Are Destructive
Opossums may find an abundance of food in a variety of places, including garbage cans, lawn pests, pet food, vegetables, fruit, chickens, and other birds kept as pets, and other types of fowl. Once they have located a supply of food, opossums begin searching for suitable locations to build their dens. It seems that a pregnant opossum has decided to make her new home in either your attic, crawl space, or wall. She is about to give birth. The breeding habits of opossums are really damaging! Typically, insulation materials are shredded in order to construct a nest, and after the nest is complete, the mother opossum will urinate and defecate inside of it in order to establish her territory. The longer the opossum remains in the attic, the more damage it does, which may end up costing the owner of the home hundreds or even thousands of dollars to clean up and restore. It is vital for commercial establishments, homeowners, and property management firms to seek the assistance of professionals as soon as possible in order to eliminate opossums from their properties.
Opossum Removal & Exclusion
Carlsbad Pest Control provides opossum removal services, including removal, trapping, and exclusion measures, to reduce the likelihood of opossums returning. In the event that opossums have caused damage to your home or place of business, we also provide cleaning services and restoration work. To get the best possible outcomes, we suggest getting started right away with a preventive maintenance plan to keep opossums from coming back. In addition to providing services on a once-off basis, we also provide services on a bimonthly and quarterly basis. Call us right now at the number above if you have any questions regarding possum removal.
Replacement of the TAP Insulation
Once the opossums have been removed from your property, we will clean up the potentially hazardous urine and excrement that they left behind. We are going to remove and repair the damaged insulation, and then we are going to replace it with insulation that has TAP insect control in it. Insulation that provides thermal, acoustic, and pest control protection is known as TAP Insulation. TAP is an insulation product made from natural fibers that have been treated with boric acid to generate a fire-retardant, thermally superior, sound-deadening insulation that also has qualities that permanently control pests. TAP may be used safely near people and their pets, but it is lethal to ants, cockroaches, millipedes, silverfish, spiders, termites, and a wide variety of other pests. This item not only prevents heat loss during the winter and thermal gain during the summer, but it also keeps unwanted critters out of your house.
A Few Quick Facts Regarding the Behavior of Opossums
Opossums are nocturnal animals that consume plants, other small animals, rodents, and even reptiles as part of their diet. They will concentrate in groups in the areas that are in close proximity to food and water supplies. A possum will either display its fangs, hiss or act dead if it feels surrounded or threatened. Opossums have an extraordinary tolerance for pain, and even after sustaining significant wounds, they are able to act dead so that potential predators believe they have passed away as a result of their injuries.
Opossums like dark, enclosed spaces that are free from danger from other animals or predators. They often set up home under trash cans, beneath decks, in garages or sheds, in attics, and in other out-of-the-way places. As long as there is a local supply of food and water, they will continue to reside there and produce offspring.
By rummaging through rubbish, dirt, and compost heaps, opossums may make a significant mess on your property. Occasionally, they may create a nest in the insulation that is located in your attic by using it, and then they will urinate in that area to designate it as their territory. They are also known to consume food meant for pets as well as small birds such as hens. It’s also possible for opossums to transfer fleas. The longer you wait to cure them, the greater the number of possums you will have to get rid of in the end.
Because opossums are known to bring illness as well as other pests like fleas and bed bugs, it is critical to have a trained expert remove and capture them. Carlsbad Pest Control provides opossum removal services, including removal, trapping, and exclusion measures, to reduce the likelihood of opossums returning. In the event that opossums have caused damage to your home or place of business, we also provide cleaning services and restoration work. To get the best possible outcomes, we suggest getting started right away with a preventive maintenance plan to keep opossums from coming back. In addition to providing services on a once-off basis, we also provide services on a bimonthly and quarterly basis. Call us right now at the number above if you have any questions regarding possum removal.