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Opossums are a species that have learned to survive well alongside people, and while this has been a great success for the opossums, it can be a hugely frustrating relationship for people as opossums can cause a lot of damage. From tearing up insulation and ripping up wires in the attic through to shredding garbage cans and spreading waste across the yard, this is not a pleasant problem to deal with. When you are deciding whether or not to try and deal with the problem yourself, it is important to see if you have the time and resources to carry out the work, and whether or not you have access to the necessary equipment.
Equipment Required For Opossum Trapping
The equipment actually required for trapping an opossum is relatively straightforward, with a cage trap available from around $20 for the cheapest options, while bait is also cheap and doesn't require a lot of money. However, it is the protective equipment that is a little more expensive, as opossums and their feces can be quite dangerous, so a breathing mask and goggles are a necessity if you need to clean an opossum latrine or have an infestation in a confined space.
The Time Required For Trapping Opossums
Another factor to bear in mind is that while setting the trap may not take up too much time, having to check the trap regularly may be an issue, especially when you consider the fact that opossums are nocturnal and are much more likely to be trapped overnight. This means that you will need to deal with the trapped opossum in the morning, while there are also other factors such as the time to relocate the animal to consider too.
The Benefits Of Using A Professional
Hiring a professional to carry out the work for you may not be the cheapest thing that you will purchase, but one of the things to remember is that it will free up all the time you will save, and also means you don't need to purchase the equipment. There are many professionals who can also offer a repair service as well if the animals have been in your attic or a cavity under your home, while removing the animal is also a part of the service. Trappers are also much more experienced and will know the best spots to place the trap, which will help reduce the time the opossum has to cause damage in and around your home.
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