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While the most common way of dealing with an opossum is to trap and remove the animal, one of the alternatives that can be used if the animal infestation is in an attic or a small cavity is to use a one-way exclusion funnel. These are small devices that are large enough to allow the opossum to pass through, but have a valve style mechanism that will not allow the opossum to return to the area. This can be an effective solution, but it is important to make sure that the work is carried out properly, otherwise the situation can persist.
Finding The Entry Holes
This is the first and most important step in dealing with the opossum problem in this way, as you will need to make sure that you identify all the holes, and then you can look to work to resolve the issue. Make sure that you examine the area of the infestation carefully, and look in every small corner to see if there are signs of the opossums coming in and out.
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Sealing The Holes And Installing The Funnel
Once you have located all of the holes that the opossums have used, you will need to carry out repairs to seal all but one of the holes, as you will be installing the one-way funnel on the remaining entry hole. It is also worth bearing in mind that while you are installing the funnel, it will usually be most successful when the funnel is installed over the most busy of the entry points.
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Monitoring The Success Of The Funnel
Make sure that you check regularly in the attic or cavity where the problem has happened, and particularly looking out for signs that the opossum is still in the area. Signs like fresh feces and freshly torn insulation material can be a sign that the animal is still present, and if it is still there after a few days, you may need to try and look for other access points. However, if there are no fresh signs, you can remove the funnel and repair the final entry hole.
Repairing And Cleaning The Area
Once the area is sealed, ensure that you carry out the relevant repairs, replacing any soiled insulation or damaged wires. It is also best to give the area a good clean, and spray the entire area with a disinfectant spray to kill off any remaining bacteria or germs. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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