What if a opossum gets inside my house, bedroom, kitchen, etc.?
Opossums are typically not aggressive, but the problem is that they may create unsanitary conditions and they may become aggressive when they have some type of disease. If you find that there is one or more opossums in your house, such as in your bedroom, kitchen, or attic, it is important to try not to panic. There are many ways that you can try to get rid of this unwelcome guest, including trapping and relocating them. You can also call a wildlife removal expert to handle the situation for you.
The opossum may enter your property looking for many things. The main reason behind an opossum coming into your home is to get shelter and food. Most of the time they are not that harmful, but the people do not like to keep them around because of many reasons. They may be messy and they have large droppings. They could bother pets and they may get into the garbage. They can enter into your attic, bedroom, kitchen and other areas of the home.
When you are aware of where the opossum is in the house, the best thing for you to do is trap it and remove it. They are typically a harmless animal, so the humane option is to capture it and move it to a new location where it will be safe. Opossums are omnivores, so any bait can be used to trap them. Whatever you do, be careful since opossums may attack when they feel threatened.
When you have successfully trapped the animal and you are ready to relocate it, you have to make sure that it is taken far enough away so that it does not try to come back to your home anymore. You should survey your property to identify locations where an opossum may make its home, like debris piles and wood piles. These areas should be covered or removed to avoid another opossum infestation. Holes in sheds, garages, and homes should be sealed so that opossums cannot gain easy access back into the structures. Get rid of the foods which may attract these animals. Ensure that the garbage is kept closed every day and do not have any type of food lying around. You can also make sure that your place is well lit since opossums do not like places that are well lit.
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