If you are hearing animal noises, scratching and slow, heavy footsteps overhead, chances are an opossum has made her way into your attic. Mating season for opossums runs from late winter to early summer, whereupon female opossums are likely to look for a warm, dry place to deliver young. Opossums cannot jump due to their size and girth, but they climb quite well and quickly ruin attic space. They chew through insulation and wires, and leave offensive odors behind from urine and feces. Learn how to get them out and prevent them from returning.
Things You'll Need
- Bag of white flour
- Roofing nails
Climb a sturdy ladder and locate the hole where the opossum entered. Opossums leave a fairly large hole. Do this during daylight hours as opossums are nocturnal, and the chance of a face-to-face encounter is less likely during the day.
Crumble enough newspaper to fit the hole, but do not pack it in tightly. Sprinkle a generous amount of flour around the opening and then climb down the ladder.
Check frequently to see if the newspaper has been pushed out at sundown, when the opossum is likely to leave to hunt for food. If the newspaper has been disturbed, check the flour for tracks leading away from the hole in the roof.
Use a flashlight to look into the attic to check for nesting materials and baby opossums. If there are babies, remove them or have a wildlife control professional remove them.
Seal the hole immediately if you see tracks leading away from the hole. Use simple plywood and roofing nails if necessary until more extensive repairs are made.
Cut back any tree branches close to the house that the opossum may have used to enter the attic.
Make full repairs to the roof, ensuring that there are no openings that allow the opossum to re-enter the attic.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid confrontation with the opossum. If she becomes agitated or is protecting her young, she may attack.
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