Opossums love to get into your attic or basement. Unfortunately, they’re not respectful house guests. They’ll tear up your walls or insulation until there’s nothing left. Please address this issue with help from US Wildlife Removal

We provide humane opossum removal services in Washington. To schedule your service, please call us.

What should you do if you see a wild animal in your home?

When you encounter a wild animal in the home, it’s natural to be afraid. Don’t panic! Instead, follow these simple steps:

When you encounter a wild animal in the home, it’s natural to be afraid. Don’t panic! Instead, follow these simple steps:

  • Don’t make any sudden movements
  • Slowly walk away from the scene
  • Discreetly take a photo if you can
  • Immediately call us for removal service

Never capture a wild animal on your own, especially an opossum. They’re known for attacking when provoked. Instead, call the professionals for opossum removal. If you’re in Washington and need opossum removal service, call now to speak with a member of our team.

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    Our Humane Opossum Removal Services

    As one of the most prolific nuisance animals in the United States, opossums are becoming very common in both rural and urban residential areas. While they are very unique creatures, when opossums are around humans, they can present a wide variety of problems, making it necessary to remove these critters as soon as possible. Continue reading to learn more about opossums and how you can get rid of them permanently.

    What Problems Do Opossums Cause?

    There are two main types of problems that opossums cause. The first, most serious problem has to do with the health risk they pose to you and your family. Opossums are commonly found carrying nasty diseases such as rabies, tuberculosis, leptospirosis, and many more. Each disease opossums carry has the potential to put you, your family, or even your pets in a serious health condition. These diseases can be spread by bites and scratches from opossums, coming into contact with their urine or feces, or even coming into contact with saliva, hair, and even areas where the opossum has placed its feet. 

    In addition to the health risks opossums pose, they also are known to cause a pretty large amount of damage. As most opossums get into homes, they generally like to make their more permanent home in the attic of your home. This leads to some real damage up there. The worst thing opossums do is destroy your insulation. They will tear it up, ruining its energy and money-saving usefulness. In addition, opossums can break or chew their way through more materials to find access to other rooms in your home or new holes exposing your home to nature. As can be seen, it is important to remove opossums as soon as possible.

    How Do I Prevent Opossums?

    The prevention of opossums is a two-pronged approach. The approach must take both the home and the property into account. When dealing with the home, the first step that needs to be taken is a thorough inspection of the home’s exterior, as well as the interior. Once you have examined the home, repairing any problem areas you may have found is imperative to the success of keeping opossums out. These problem areas can be fixed with all-weather sealant, aluminum sheeting, or even treated lumber in many cases.

    Once the home is secure, it is time to perform prevention work on the property. The first step is to eliminate easy access to food. Putting all garbage and pet food in a secure location out of the reach of animals is a must. Once this is done, focus on cleaning up your yard. Any tall grass, weeds, or piles of debris should be taken care of. These are easy sources of small prey for nuisance animals. You can even go so far as to put up an opossum-proof fence if you feel inclined to do so. Once this is done, you will be good to go.

    How Can I Trap Opossums?

    Removing opossums from your property might sound easy enough, but it can actually be a serious challenge. The problem is that many opossums that get into homes will have their young within the home. If you remove the mother opossum, the babies will die slow deaths and create a terrible odor within your home. In addition, the amount of diseases opossums carry is another reason removing opossums can be a problem for homeowners. Finally, many opossums are trap-shy and can only be removed by hand. These are the main reasons that it is highly recommended to hire a professional wildlife removal service to remove any and all opossums for you.

    Why Hire US Wildlife Removal?

    Here at US Wildlife Removal, we believe in serving residents of King County, WA and Pierce County, WA, with the utmost in integrity, safety, and customer service. Our experts have years of experience in removing opossums humanely from virtually every type of scenario. At US Wildlife Removal, we are so confident in our ability to provide the most effective, humane opossum removal that we offer 12 months of wild-free warranty. If you are experiencing a nuisance wildlife problem of any kind, be sure to give us a call here at US Wildlife Removal as soon as possible.

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    How to Get Rid Of Opossums in Your Attic

    While you can find opossums literally anywhere around your property (in the shed, under the porch, in the yard, and even in the trash can), by far the scariest encounter is when they’re right inside your home. And a big favorite for possums, as for other wild animals, is the attic.

    Why? Because most people tend to use the attic more as a storage space, first of all, means it’s cluttered, and thus offers plenty of hiding spaces. The second reason why opossums love attics is that they’re not much inhabited, which means there aren’t many risks of them being discovered.

    So what can you do if you’ve discovered an opossum in your attic?

    • Find and seal the entry point.

    Yes, you need to do this before you get rid of the opossum itself, otherwise, you’re just inviting more critters to join him. So first inspect the roof and walls of your attic, and find the crack, loose board, or vent problem that allowed the opossum indoors in the first place.

    Next, you will want to replace or seal it, so as to keep other critters out. When sealing a crack or hole in the wall, we recommend using material like wire mesh, cement, or expanse foam, to make sure other creatures don’t discover it and attempt to claw or gnaw their way through.

    • Trap it.

    If you’ve got a live opossum in your attic, the best option is to purchase a live trap. This protects you from having to deal with the general unpleasantness of having to remove a carcass (when using a traditional snap trap) and instead allows you to release the opossum in the wild.

    Caution: some states have specific regulations about releasing animals into the wild, so make sure you do your research before you attempt any such action, otherwise you risk landing in hot legal waters.

    Generally, we wouldn’t recommend using poison to solve your opossum problem. Not only because it is painful and inhumane (the animal may take several hours to die slowly and in terrible pain), but also because it’s problematic. If an animal ingests poison and then crawls into the wall, vent, or roof, and dies in there, you’ll then have to deal with getting the dead animal out.

    This is unpleasant, smelly, and quite expensive, so it’s best just to avoid it.

    • Alternatively, call a pro.

    Of course, if you don’t want to have to deal with removing the animal yourself, you can opt for professional wildlife removal, instead. This will ensure that the work is done expertly and swiftly. Not only that, but a professional wildlife removal company is also able to sanitize and repair the damage done to your attic, thus ridding you of a second problem. 

    • Sanitize and fix.

    If you have chosen to trap the animal yourself, however, you will then need to start cleaning the attic. Go over each surface, and insist on the area where the opossum was living. Make sure to protect yourself using a face mask, rubber gloves, and wearing long sleeves. You don’t want to come into contact with opossum feces, as these carry a wide range of serious diseases. 

    Next, you will also want to fix the insulation, wires, structures, or other items in your attic that have sustained damage.

    • Eliminate the attraction.

    Last, but also important, you want to identify what attracted the opossum to your property (exposed leftovers, dripping pipe, open trash cans, etc.), and remove that. If you don’t, you’ll just keep running into wildlife trouble in the future.


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