Opossums are considered as a nomadic creature. It prefers to stay near its food source; it will try to scavenge anything that it can eat on the pile of compost or garbage bin. This nature of the opossum is one reason why it chooses to live near the humans. If there is a plenty of food source in your area, it will most probably choose to live in a sheltered, dark part of your house; which is your attic. Aside from the fact that it tends to eliminate waste anywhere that can affect the health of the homeowners, it may also cause a significant damage to your property.
Here are some of the safest and most humane things to do to get the opossum out of our attic.
Before you proceed to any harsh method, there are simple ways that you can do to prevent the opossum from residing in your attic. You can start by simply eliminate their food source. By removing their access from their food source, they will most likely leave your attic on their own. In case you have an infestation of opossum in your yard, there is a possibility that something in your residential property has lured them. Remember that an Opossum is not picky of the thing it eats; it will virtually eat anything edible. Cat food, dog food, birdseed, garbage, vegetable, fruits, plants, birds, amphibians, rodents, carrion, and insects will seal the deal. To get rid of their food source, make sure that you will keep your garbage can tightly closed. Bring the birdfeeders and the dog food inside at night.
You should start removing clutters that they can use as a shelter. For instance, if you notice that there is a pile of brush or wood, secure them on a tight storage. Make sure that the door that leads to the storage is shut tightly.
People will normally think that an Opossum is a hideous creature, but they are completely harmless. You can purchase an Opossum trap like Oxgord or Havahart at your local hardware store. Make sure that you will bait it with something that bears a strong scent like dog food, cat food, butter, sardines, old vegetables, and fruits. When disposing the opossum, make certain that you will dispose it 20 miles away from your home or else your trapping will be useless. Finally, make sure that you will remove their access to your property by looking for any gap that serves as their entry way.
Aside from the methods we mentioned above, you can also discourage the opossum from living in your attic by introducing things that contains strong scent such as mothballs and ammonia. You may place this in your attic, and they will leave your attic on their own. This is the safest way to get rid of the opossum and prevent them from returning to your property.