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Opossum Poop - Droppings & Waste in Attic

opossum poop

08.20.2003 - Wow, this was a messy attic.  Opossums had been living in this attic for a few months.  The homeowner procrastinated doing anything until the noise and the smell got to be too much to handle any longer.  I came to the home and found several sections of a flimsy soffit screen torn open, and the opossums could easily climb up adjacent trees and downspouts and into the attic.  Opossums are messy animals, and they poop wherever they want.  They poo a lot, and their terds are the size of a dog's turds. This attic was filled, from end to end, with possum droppings.  It smelled pretty bad.

I set cage traps on the roof, and within a week, I caught two opossums.  I left paper towels over the holes, and when the paper towels were left undisturbed and no more noises were heard inside the house by the homeowner, we knew all the opossums were out.  I sealed the holes with heavy-duty steel.

Next, it was time to clean the attic.  I removed all of the opossum crap by hand (with gloves, of course), and bagged it.  I also bagged the very soiled insulation.  I then fogged the whole attic with a special cleaner that destroys and breaks down any organic matter, such as poo and urine and grease and such.  This left the attic smelling nice and fresh, and killed off the parasites and pathogens that lived in the attic due to the dirty possums.

It's a good idea to have animals in attics trapped sooner, rather than later, because if you wait, your attic will become a regular toilet, just like in the above photo!

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