Do you have unwanted critters entering your home but you have no idea how they got in there?
You may think that it’s small rodents getting into your house such as birds, bats, rats or mice, however, other animals can make their way into small openings too. Raccoons and opossums are masters of finding any entry point possible around your home which is why we’ll discuss the entry points to be aware of, the preventative measures you can take, how to get rid of possums, and how to detect the warning signs of an opossum living in your home.
Just Remember They're A Wild Animal
How Opossums Occasionally Enter Homes
How To Stop Possums From Getting Inside
There are a few preventative measures you can take to keep opossums outside.
Unlike raccoons, they will not chew around holes to make them bigger or create holes themselves. Instead, they’ll make their way through already existing holes. That’s why you should make sure any crawl space or attic space is entirely secure.
You should also never feed wildlife. Keep pet food inside and make sure your trash cans are securely locked to discourage opossums from getting too close to your home in the first place. This also means ensuring your cat flap or doggie door is secure as well.
Other measures include:
How To Tell If You Have An Unwanted Guest In Your House
Besides seeing the actual opossum entering your home yourself, common signs include noticing the trash can has continuously been knocked over, noticing stolen pet food, you can hear loud scratching noises within your home at night, or noticing unpleasant smells. Opossums are nocturnal which means you’ll notice more activity during the night.
Opossums are also known for playing dead. They do this to protect themselves from threats in hopes that a predator will move on to eating another animal. It’s actually an involuntary reaction and not something they do on purpose – the amount of stress they’re under cause them to enter a catatonic state. While they’re in this state, they secrete a strong smell through their anal glands; another defence mechanism. This smell will also secrete from a dead opossum and will even stick around after the opossum has left or been removed from the premises. While it’s not quite as strong as a skunk’s smell, it’s definitely noticeable and can make your home smell very unpleasant.