Signs of an Opossum in the Attic

The sheltered, dry environment provided by attics attracts opossums. Residents of homes with opossums in attics may be alerted to the pests’ presence by scratching, clawing, and rustling noises. As opossums are nocturnal, people are most likely to hear these sounds at night. Additionally, homeowners may smell or see accumulations of droppings. The pests also leave behind tracks around the exterior of homes, along deck railings, downspouts, tree trunks, and other structures used to gain rooftop access.

Damage

Messy eaters, opossums will transform attics into disaster areas, with food and droppings scattered throughout the available space. They also rip up insulation, siding, and roofing materials in their quest to get inside. Furthermore, opossums have over 50 sharp teeth and may attack dogs, cats, and other pets if they feel threatened. Diseases such as tuberculosis, spotted fever, and leptospirosis are linked to opossums, as is the spread of mites, fleas, lice, and ticks.

Prevention & Exclusion

Property owners can limit opossums’ access to attics by sealing all openings in walls and roofs. Employing chimney traps and installing metal or plastic spikes on downspouts also helps deter the pests. To restrict their ability to obtain food, residents should also secure garbage cans with tightly fitting lids and keep pet food indoors at night.

Removal

Trapping opossums is challenging, and relocation is illegal without the proper permits. To avoid injury or fines, property owners should rely on professional wildlife control services when faced with opossum infestations. The experts at Trutech can remove opossums in attics, protecting homes from costly damage and house residents from potential diseases.