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Opossum Pest Control

Why do I keep finding possums in my yard?

Large marsupials called opossums used to live in the rural areas around southern California, but people have pushed them out of their natural homes. As cities have grown into rural areas, opossums have had no choice but to adapt to human culture and learn to live close to people. Opossums are often seen near outdoor food and water sources that are easy for them to get to. People say that opossums are drawn to homes in southern California for many different reasons, such as fruit trees, vegetable gardens, trash, pet food, ponds, and lawn pests. Opossums come in a wide range of sizes. Some of them are as big as a house cat, while others are no bigger than a mouse. They are easy to spot because they have long tails that look like those of rodents, hairy bodies, and pointed faces with sharp teeth. Opossums are nocturnal animals that like to stay in dark, safe places like under houses, decks, sheds, and around trash cans. Opossums are really ugly animals, so it’s not unusual for people to be startled when they see one in the middle of the night. When they feel threatened, opossums will show their sharp teeth, hiss, and sometimes even play dead. Opossums can take a lot of pain and can “play possum” to make you think they’re dead, even if they’ve been seriously hurt. Because they might spread disease, only trained professionals should catch opossums, because anyone else could get sick

To make it less likely that opossums will move onto your property, get rid of any food and water sources they could use. Before nightfall, the pet food that was left outside should be brought inside, and after throwing away trash, the lid of the trash can should be checked to make sure it is tight. It is important to clean up and remove any fruit or vegetables that may have fallen into ponds, fruit trees, or gardens.

Opossums Are Destructive

Opossums can find a lot of food in many places, like trash cans, lawn pests, pet food, vegetables, fruit, chickens, other birds kept as pets, and other types of birds. Once they find a source of food, opossums start looking for places to build their dens. It looks like a pregnant opossum has chosen either your attic, crawl space, or wall as her new home. She’s about to have a baby. The way opossums have babies is really bad. Usually, insulation materials are shredded to make a nest, and once the nest is finished, the mother opossum will urinate and defecate in it to mark her territory. The longer the opossum stays in the attic, the more damage it does, which could end up costing the owner hundreds or even thousands of dollars to clean up and fix. Businesses, homeowners, and property management companies must hire professionals as soon as possible to get rid of possums from their properties.

Opossum Removal & Exclusion

Santee Pest Control Company helps get rid of opossums by removing them, trapping them, and taking steps to keep them from coming back. If opossums have caused damage to your home or business, we also offer cleaning services and restoration work. To get the best results, we suggest starting right away with a preventive maintenance plan to keep opossums from coming back. We also offer services every two months and every three months, in addition to once-off services. If you have any questions about possum removal, please call us right away at the number above.

Changing the insulation on the TAP

Once the opossums are gone from your property, we will clean up the urine and feces that they left behind, which could be harmful. We will take out the damaged insulation and fix it. Then, we will replace it with insulation that has TAP insect control in it. TAP Insulation is a type of insulation that protects against heat, noise, and pests. TAP is a type of insulation made from natural fibers that have been treated with boric acid to make it fire-resistant, more thermally efficient, quieter, and resistant to pests for good. TAP can be used safely around people and their pets, but it will kill ants, cockroaches, millipedes, silverfish, spiders, termites, and many other pests. This item not only keeps your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it also keeps unwanted animals out.

Some quick facts about opossums' habits

Habits

Opossums are animals that are active at night and eat plants, other small animals, rodents, and even reptiles. They will gather in groups in places that are close to food and water sources. If a possum feels threatened, it will either show its teeth, hiss, or play dead. Opossums can handle a lot of pain, and even when they have serious wounds, they can act dead so that potential predators think they have died from their injuries.

Habitats

Opossums like places that are dark, small, and safe from other animals or predators. They often set up home under trash cans, under decks, in garages or sheds, in attics, and other out-of-the-way places. So long as there is food and water nearby, they will continue to live there and have babies.

Threats

Opossums can make a big mess on your property by digging through trash, dirt, and compost piles. Sometimes they will use the insulation in your attic to build a nest, and then they will urinate in that area to mark it as their territory. They have also been seen eating food meant for pets and small birds like hens. Fleas can also be passed from one opossum to another. The more time you take to treat them, the more possums you will have to get rid of in the end.

Prevention

Because opossums are known to spread disease and other pests like fleas and bed bugs, it is important to have a trained professional catch and remove them. Santee Pest Control Company helps get rid of opossums by removing them, trapping them, and taking steps to keep them from coming back. If opossums have caused damage to your home or business, we also offer cleaning services and restoration work. To get the best results, we suggest starting right away with a preventive maintenance plan to keep opossums from coming back. We also offer services every two months and every three months, in addition to once-off services. If you have any questions about possum removal, please call us right away at the number above.

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