Opossums aren’t necessarily destructive creatures and in fact, are known to be “nature’s little sanitation engineer.” They got that title because opossums will eat pretty much anything from live rodents, insects, plants, and fruit, to pet food, garbage, and even animal carcass including parts of the skeleton.
Although it’s excellent when opossums clean up things we consider pests, they became nuisances themselves when they intrude onto human property to raid through garbage cans, dumpsters, and other containers in search of food.
Along with raccoons making messes as they are get into things, they also invade human structures such as underneath porches and sheds to give birth. Opossums can give birth to as many as 20 babies in a litter, although fewer than half of them will survive. Like other wildlife, opossums can carry parasites and diseases as well as cause other health issues from the feces and urine they leave around.
To help with opossum prevention; fasten lids on garbage cans, pick up fruit and bird seed that’s fallen onto the ground, bring in pet food nightly, scrub grills after every use, and remove woodpiles and logs where opossums can find shelter. Because opossums use their noses to search for food, it’s important to remember to clean your containers to remove any smells or leaked juices that may attract them. Opossums are excellent climbers, to help keep them from gaining access to building structures make sure to trim tree branches along with fixing broken vents, screens, siding, and foundation.
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