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Why do I allow opossums to live in my yard?

Large marsupials called opossums used to live in the rural areas around southern California, but people have moved them away from their natural homes. Due to the spread of cities into rural areas, opossums haven’t had much choice but to adapt to human culture and learn to live close to people. Opossums are often seen in places close to food and water sources that they can get to outside. People in southern California say that opossums come to their homes for a variety of reasons, such as fruit trees, vegetable gardens, trash, pet food, ponds, and lawn pests. Opossums come in many different sizes. Some can be as big as a house cat, while others are only as big as a mouse. They are easy to spot because they have long tails that look like those of rodents, hairy bodies, and pointed snouts with sharp teeth. Opossums are nocturnal animals that like to hang out in dark, safe places like under houses, decks, sheds, and trash cans. People are often scared when they see an opossum in the middle of the night because it is such an ugly animal. When they feel threatened, opossums will show their sharp teeth and hiss, and sometimes even act like they are 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 hurt them.

Get rid of any possible food and water sources on your property to make it less likely that opossums will move in. Before it gets dark, the pet food that was left outside should be brought inside, and after throwing away trash, the lid of the can should be checked to make sure it is on tight. It’s important to clean up and get rid of any fallen fruit or vegetables from ponds, fruit trees, or gardens on a regular basis.

Opossums Are Destructive

Opossums can find a lot of food in many places, like trash cans, lawn pests, pet food, vegetables, fruit, chickens, and other birds kept as pets, and other types of birds. Once opossums find a source of food, they start looking for a good place to build their dens. It looks like a pregnant opossum has chosen your attic, crawl space, or wall as her new home. She is almost ready to have a baby. Opossums have bad habits when it comes to having babies. Usually, insulation materials are shredded to make a nest, and once the nest is done, 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 of the house hundreds or even thousands of dollars to clean up and fix. To get rid of opossums, businesses, homeowners, and property management companies must hire professionals as soon as possible.

Opossum Removal & Exclusion

Vista Pest Control Company helps get rid of opossums by removing them, trapping them, and taking other steps to keep them from coming back. If opossums have caused damage to your home or place of business, we also offer cleaning and repair services. To get the best results, we recommend starting right away on a plan to keep opossums from coming back. We offer services every two months and every three months, in addition to once-off services. If you have any questions about getting rid of possums, please call us at the number above right away.

Change 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 dangerous. The damaged insulation will be taken out and fixed, and then it will be replaced with insulation that has TAP insect control in it. TAP Insulation is a type of insulation that protects against heat loss, noise, and pests. TAP is a type of insulation made from natural fibers that have been treated with boric acid. This makes it resistant to fire, better at keeping the heat in and keeping out noise, and able to keep pests away for good. TAP can be used safely around people and their pets, but it will kill ants, cockroaches, millipedes, silverfish, spiders, termites, and a wide range of other pests. This item not only keeps your house from losing heat in the winter and gaining heat in the summer, but it also keeps unwanted animals out.

A few quick facts about how opossums act

Habits

Opossums are animals that come out at night and eat plants, other small animals, rodents, and even reptiles. They will stay together in groups in places where there is plenty of food and water. If a possum feels like it is being chased or threatened, it will either show its teeth, hiss or act like it is dead. Opossums can take 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 are like places that are dark, closed off, and safe from other animals and predators. They often live under trash cans, under decks, in garages or sheds, in attics, and in other places that are out of the way. As long as there is food and water nearby, they will continue to live there and have babies there.

Threats

Opossums can make a big mess on your property by digging around in trash, dirt, and compost piles. Sometimes, they will use the insulation in your attic to make a nest, and then they will urinate in that area to mark it as their territory. They have also been known to eat food for pets and small birds like hens. Fleas can also be passed from one animal to another by opossums. The longer you wait to treat them, the more possums you will end up having to get rid of.

Prevention

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

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