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There are few larger pest animals that can affect
homeowners across the United States that are
larger than the opossum, and with this large size
that is comparable to a large cat, it means that
the opossum can cause a significant amount of
damage. The type of damage they will cause will
vary depending on whether or not they have found
their way beneath the house or into the attic, and
because they are such good climbers, both of these
situations are possible. Dealing with an opossum
infestation quickly is vital, as the damage that
they can cause can mount up very quickly.
Torn And Soiled Insulation
If the opossum has discovered pads of insulation,
it is not uncommon for them to view this as an
ideal material for creating a comfortable nest,
and they will tear and shred pieces of the
insulation to help make their nest comfortable.
When they are located in the attic, it is common
to see insulation that has to be removed after it
has been heavily soiled, as the opossum will tend
to use one area as a latrine.
Damage To Electrical Wires And Cables
This is another common type of damage when you are
dealing with an opossum infestation, and although
they are not rodents and do not have the
constantly growing front teeth, they still tend to
gnaw. Wires are particularly vulnerable as the
protective plastic casing is not usually very
tough, and can quickly be damaged by the sharp
teeth, which can quite easily shear through the
If the opossum has found its way into the attic,
then they will often have expanded on the entry
holes that they have found to make them easier to
fit through, and some opossums will create new
holes so that they can have more than one entry
point. It is vital these holes are repaired
quickly, otherwise other opossums can quickly find
their way into the area.
Rooting Through Garbage
This is not necessarily particularly damaging, but
rooting through garbage causes a significant mess,
and if the opossum does find some fluids then it
can cause stains around the area where it has been
rooting. Dealing with garbage strewn across your
yard is very unpleasant, and it is one of the main
reasons that people will want to get rid of
opossums as soon as possible.
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