The opossums are animals that are not easily mistaken because they have a distinctive look. Opossums are considered pests because they may come onto your property and possibly into your home to establish their living space, especially if there is a food source readily available. When opossums have found that you keep good food on your property (this could be garbage or pet food), you can be sure that they are going to keep coming back. When they find their way into your trash cans, they can make a mess. They are also going to make a meal out of anything they can find around, such as fruits and vegetables when you grow them in your garden, and they can also eat the food of your pets.
The droppings of the opossums may contain parasites, which pets may eat and get sick. Such critters can set themselves up in your home, and they can chew their way into attics, sheds, garages and walls. Once the opossums are on your property or in your home, they can cause considerable damage. Besides the feces and urine they will leave everywhere, they can also chew or gnaw on electrical wiring, drywall and wood. If the opossums die within your home, they are going to create a biohazard and leave behind an awful smell.
If you are concerned about a problem with the opossums, you have to know that the best way to deal with the problem is to avoid it starting in the first place. Do not put anything in your home that can attract the opossums. Make sure that your garbage cans have been secured within the garage and that they have air tight lids. You also have to ensure that any pet food is always kept inside, and you should pick up any rotten vegetables or fruit in your garden.
Another way to deal with the opossums is by building a fence so that they do not enter into the property. You may use the traditional wire mesh fence or the traditional picket fence, but whatever you go for, you have to make sure that the fence is buried within the ground at least one foot. You should extend the fence so that the animals do not burrow under or do not jump over the fence. When the opossums are already on the property, you may want to call a wildlife removal service to deal with the problem for you.
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