The opossum is
cute in its own way. They are kind of ugly to be
quite frank, but there is certain cuteness in an
animal that is so ugly. That is part of the
charm of them.
The fact is that the damage that these animals
can cause makes them a lot uglier than you may
think. They are very messy and dig into lots of
things. They can be a major disaster which may
make you wonder why kind of damage an opossum
can do in your attic or under you home.
The truth is that they can do quite a bit of
damage. It starts with the damage they can do
just trying to get in and setup their own home.
Under your porch they are likely to dig a whole
to get in, will drag stuff they want to build a
nest, including paper, leaves and other debris.
In your attic the problem can be much worse. If
you are storing a lot of your old stuff in
there, like blankets, clothes, and newspaper
clippings, you will likely find that they will
rip into boxes to get to that stuff and use it
to make a bed out of it. That not only ruins
your stuff that you had stored but also means
that you are going to have a mess to cleanup
once you get rid of the animal.
While this is bad enough on its own, the problem
will be a lot of worse than this. These are
fairly gross animals and the waste that they
have is quite dangerous to you. Many possums
have parasites and bacteria that can be found
inside their waste. They will not go to the
bathroom directly near their nest, but if they
are under your porch or if your attic has a big
area then they will relieve themselves of their
waste somewhere around those areas.
This waste can be a big mess to cleanup,
especially if the animal has been there for some
time. Consider that the urine and other waste
will seep into boards, and this has may mean
that you have to replace the entire section of
board to make sure you and your family are safe.
That can be quite costly.
There is also the risk to your health. You can’t
just sweep this up or vacuum away the debris.
You need to wear protective clothing and make
sure that there is no chance that one of these
parasites will get into your blood stream. This
may mean that you have to hire someone to come
out and do the job for you to ensure that the
job is done right.
This does not include siding you may need to
have replaced as well as insulation. This can be
a big mess for sure. Read more:
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