Possum Removal, Trapping and Exclusion
Possums are truly unique animals. They are the only marsupial found in North America, and like raccoons, they have opposable thumbs. But unlike raccoons, possums have opposable thumbs on their back paws as well, which allows them to climb almost anything.
Their exceptional climbing ability often makes them a nuisance for home owners. They can easily climb many surfaces, such as the 4×4’s that make up a trellis to access the roof or other entry points into your attic or other places in your home.
Once in your attic, they can do a lot of damage. They will often tear and shred insulation and flexible ductwork used in your A/C and heating to build nests. They also contaminate insulation with their feces, as they do not defecate in one spot as other animals do.
Once a possum has made your home its home as well, a professional is necessary for possum removal. Possums can go 2-3 days between feeding, and thus do not often leave their nests. They also do not leave a strong trail- meaning they don’t leave behind prominent tracks or fur, and it takes a trained eye to spot it.
All of these factors make it difficult to pin point where and how the possum or possums are getting into your home.
This is why a professional inspection is key. The possum’s entry points must be found for successful possum removal. Once the entry points are found, the method for possum removal will vary depending on the given situation.
If the possum has left to find food, the entry points can be sealed and the possum will not be able to get back into your house. If the possum is currently in your home, traps can be set up around the entry points for possum removal, and once the possum is trapped, the entry points can be sealed.
In any case, sealing the entry points is key so that no other animals can gain access to your home.