To understand the signs of an opossum infestation you should first know what an opossum looks like. Opossums are marsupials and tend to be two to four feet in length. Their weight ranges from one to fifteen pounds. They have silver and black fur with a long, skinny, hairless tail used to hang in trees. Their back feet also have opposable thumbs to make it easier to climb. If you have noticed any of these 5 signs of an opossum infestation, it’s time to call in the experts.
- Damaged House
- Pet Food Disappearing
- Strange Noises
- Loud Scratching
- Horrible Smells
An opossum has to get into your house and will do what’s necessary to do so. Look for scratch marks on the side of your house that looks like something climbed up to the roof. There could also be gutter damage such as it not hanging on properly anymore. On your roof, look for torn up shingles and damaged soffit, the underside of a balcony or roof overhang.
If you have outdoor cats, opossums will be drawn to your house. Opossums love cat food, so if you have noticed that it is disappearing more quickly, then it’s likely you have an opossum around your home. It’s important to take care of an opossum infestation so it won’t harm your cat. They have sharp claws and are very aggressive.
Opossums are very vocal with a variety of noises they make. They commonly make a hissing noise as well as a shrieking noise. A mother opossum will make clicking or lip-smacking sound to call her babies. If you notice any of these sounds you may have an opossum infestation.
Scratching noises could be any rodent, mice, rats, etc. But if the scratching is especially loud it could be an opossum. Opossums are much larger and don’t stay in the corners of attics like mice and rats do. They nest all over the place, making the scratching noises more prominent.
Opossum droppings are extremely smelly and happen often. Their droppings can be as large as house cat droppings and wet droppings can cause insulation and building damage. Since they defecate often, it’s important to be on top of an opossum infestation to minimize damage to your home.
Opossums can be very dangerous. They are extremely aggressive, have sharp claws, and can carry diseases. Call in a professional to handle your opossum infestation to stay safe from injury and diseases.
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