Opossums are scavengers that usually come out in search of food during night. Though you may wonder what damage can this small creature cause, you can’t even imagine the havoc it can create inside your property. It can just break your fence and deck to find a place of shelter, dig your vegetation to find insects and food, contaminate your yard with droppings and can cause many other harms. To prevent all these issues, its important that you should focus on making your home opossum proof.
Some ways to avoid opossum infestation are:
- Install Fence: Fence installation can greatly help in protecting a yard against opossum damages. Since these animals can even break the fence, its advised to choose a strong metallic one. Also, make sure that you install it at least one to two feet deep inside the ground as opossums are master in digging and can crawl to enter your yard.
- Cover Your Vents: If your washer vent is located outside your property, then it can act as a wonderful entry way for opossums. To avoid access through a vent pipe, make sure that you cover it when not in use. If you are having a smoke vent that needs to be used every time, its better to seal it with a slotted metal cover. This covers will not only allow passage of steam and smoke, but will also prevent the entry of opossum.
- Trim The Trees: These small creatures are expert climbers that can invade an attic by climbing the branches of a tree that is standing in your yard. To prevent their entry, its advised to trim the tree branches so that there is distance between the tree and attic. Its better to maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between the tree branches and your roof.
- Install A Barrier Around The Deck: Opossums love to reside on the space located below the deck. They consider it a prime location to hide and live. To prevent their infestation, its advised to install a barrier around the deck that can prevent these animals from digging below. Also, attempt to seal off your deck opening.
These are some of the easy and effective tips to prevent opossum invasion. If you are struggling with these animals inside your property, call in our wildlife control experts at 911 Wildlife for long term opossum control.