Feces , poop, poo, scat, droppings-it all stinks! And opossums make a lot of it. How can you know what animal is making those odd droppings in your attic? Well, a dog hasn't been there, but these droppings certainly look familiar. The feces of the opossum are similar in size to a dog's, and just as stinky. This isn't what you might expect from an animal weighing less than 15 pounds.
Keep in mind that droppings of different animals are easily confused. Opossum poop is extremely similar to that of raccoons: both are scavengers, both are carnivores, both stink. Wildlife removal professionals like us can give you a certain answer and solve the larger problem, too.
When a wild animal decides to take up residence in your home, say in the attic, you home becomes its personal toilet. The feces and urine are usually deposited indiscriminately and create a significant health hazard, notably leptospirosis and Salmonella. Even if not in your home, say in a barn or other outbuilding, the droppings can be dangerous and have been linked to equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, or EPM , a neurological disease in horses.
We've seen that sometimes property owners will put up with animal noise and even some property damage, like torn screens or soffits, until the smell becomes oppressive. By that time significant damage has been done, oftentimes mostly by the animals' poop. Even after only a few months' residence, say, one breeding season, an attic will be filled with droppings.
The good news is that it can be cleaned up. The feces must be removed by hand, best done by professionals like us, using special equipment. All soiled material must be removed also-insulation is typically damaged. These items must be disposed of properly, and we have all the right tools to do so safely. After we remove contaminated materials, we always apply special cleaners to break down any remaining organic matter, kill the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites, and leave the space free and clean smelling.
Possums aren't dangerous because they attack or bite; that event is extremely uncommon, but they are very dirty animals and their personal habits will damage your property and your health. If you believe you have these animals in your home or other structure, it's a good idea to have them trapped sooner, rather than later. Waiting only prolongs your attic's time as a toilet.
Call or e-mail us for information and a quote for opossum removal . We are professionals specializing in wildlife removal . We won't just get rid of the animal. We also perform repairs and maintenance to make sure they don't come back. Best of all, we clean up the smell and mess!