POSSUM PEST CONTROL
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Possums are known to inhabit in residential garages, under buildings and porches, in attics, and logs or hollowed out trees. Expert possum pest control is crucial to removing these feisty pests.
There are more than 60 different species of opossums, which are often called possums.
The opossum has an average lifespan of 1 to 2 years. This short lifespan is due in part to the presence of many predators including dogs, cats and people.
Opossums may give birth to as many as 20 babies in a litter, but fewer than half of them survive.
The opossum has 50 teeth, more than any North American land mammal.
Opossums are not strangers to Southern California and have been known to invade residential spaces in search of food and shelter. Adult opossums are the size of large cats, have long light gray to gray hair, and have scaly tails that are usually half the length of their body.
The opossum is a relative of the kangaroo and is the only marsupial in North America. Just like kangaroos, the female opossum has an abdominal pouch in which she carries and nurtures her young. Unlike the kangaroo however, the opossum is a very slow animal and is known to produce a repulsive smell.
Opossums are nocturnal creatures that typically do not build their own homes and instead search for already established structures they can inhabit. They are known to inhabit residential garages, under buildings and porches, in attics, and logs or hollowed out trees.
They generally prefer to make their home in an area relatively close to a food source. They are not picky about their food and can feed on almost anything including grass, insects, rodents or other small animals, birds, fish, or even rotten garbage.
Often times opossum infestations are unnoticed or misidentified by homeowners. Evidence of an opossum infestation can closely resemble the evidence of rats, mice, raccoons, and other vermin. In order to accurately identify and assess an opossum infestation, a thorough inspection for possum pest control from a trained professional is necessary.
POSSUM PEST CONTROL INSPECTION
Like raccoons and other vermin, opossums grub on landscaping causing damage, ravage through garbage areas, and can inhabit attic spaces or wall voids creating audible signs of infestation within your home. Information you provide your technician can be very helpful in guiding them in the right direction and helping them accurately identify an opossum infestation.
Let your technician know about anything you suspect may be evidence of opossums including fecal matter, landscaping damage (grubbing), overturned trash cans, signs of raiding in garbage areas, and confirmed or suspected opossum sightings in the area.
Opossums are not likely to be found or seen during daytime hours. The purpose of an opossum inspection would be to
(1) confirm the presence of opossums
(2) deduce possible patterns of traffic and their food source(s)
(3) find possible points of entry into your home
(4) assess the level of the infestation as much as possible
Your technician will use the information you provide as well as any evidence they may find at the time of inspection to form a possum pest control plan.
METHODS OF POSSUM CONTROL
In general, exclusion work is the best and most effective long-term approach to ridding your home of an opossum infestation. Exclusion work refers to the act of eliminating or restricting opossum’s access to areas of your home they are used to trafficking.
That could include sealing areas under home or porches, closing holes or gaps in walls, or creating enclosed spaces for trash and garbage storage.
If opossums have already made harborage somewhere within your home such as in your crawl spaces or attics, trapping may be necessary in order to first remove the opossums before performing exclusion work.
Trapping requires a special license from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and must be performed by a professional.
Your Accurate Termite and Pest Control technician will recommend the methods and products that will be effective at ridding your home of an opossum infestation.
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FURTHER PREVENTION & FOLLOW-UP
The best way to prevent an opossum infestation from happening in your home is to make sure that your home does not offer opossums any easily accessible food sources.
Start by making sure that garbage in your trash cans is not in the open and accessible to animals. Do not put your trash out in bags alone; rather, be sure that your trash bags are contained within plastic, metal, or other hard material trash cans.
Be sure that your trash cans are tied to a support to prevent an accidental fall or tip-over of the trash can. Trash cans should always have tight fitting lids or straps in order to keep the trash fully enclosed and inaccessible.
Keep opossums from entering your home by performing exclusion work in areas known to be accessed by opossums. Opossums are known to enter homes in search of shelter and often make use of gaps, crawl space access doors, chimneys, gable ends, under-eave areas, areas under decks and garage door openings to gain access into homes.
You can restrict an opossum’s access into your chimney by installing a commercial spark arrestor cap and installing screen wire over chimney entry points.
Opposums can use other holes of about 5 inches in diameter to gain access into your home. Be sure to inspect your home for any holes of approximately 5 inches especially around siding, roofs, gables, and under soffits or eaves.
In order to prevent opossums’ access from trees onto your roof, be sure to keep your trees trimmed and that there is at least a 5 foot space between your tree branches and your building.
If you have water features with fish in your home’s exterior, use netting or mesh to cover the pond and restrict access to your fish.
Do not let water sit in your lawn and landscaping as this can attract opossums looking for grubs. Be sure that low spots in your lawn are filled to prevent pooling, drained or excess water.
Be sure that the downspouts from your gutters direct water away from your house and other areas of the property so that water does not collect.