4 Common Signs of an Opossum Infestation in Your House

Opossum infestation can be a danger to your family, pets, and property. These critters can cause significant damage to property, cause power loss, and even expose you and your family to dangerous diseases. Keep reading to discover these four common signs of an opossum infestation and how to prevent an infestation from occurring altogether.

1. Unpleasant Smells

A severe stench in your house is an indication of opossum infestation. Opossums defecate more frequently than other mammals and their droppings trapped in your attic, between walls, or in the basement can soak into insulation and building materials, leading to a very unpleasant smell.

2. Frequent Animal Noises

Loud animal noises can be a sign of opossum infestation in your home. They communicate with each other through shrieking, clicking, or hissing. Sounds from opossums are louder than those from other rodents because of their size.

In addition, household pets will likely notice opossums in your home before you do. Strange pet behavior can be another sign of an opossum infestation.

3. Missing Pet Food

Opossums are scavengers that consume any existing food. Although the creatures typically stay away from cats and dogs, they are particularly drawn to cat food and will steal cat food when hungry. If your cat's food is running out faster than usual, you could have an opossum problem.

4. Exterior Damage to Your Home

Opossums have long, sharp nails used for climbing trees and other surfaces. They can scratch the surface of your exterior wall or roof using their nails while climbing onto your home. If you notice torn up shingles, ripped soffit, or damage to your siding and gutter systems, you could have an opossum infestation on your hands.

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