Possum Removal Services for Dallas, Texas Homeowners
As the only native North American marsupial, possums are identified by the abdominal pouch used to carry young offspring. The wild animal typically grows to about the size of an average house cat, with defining characteristics including a pointed face, hairless rounded ears, and rough to the touch gray fur. With a strong tail, possums can transport nest materials, as well as hang upside down from a sturdy branch. Possums possess feet that appear like small hands, with each toe including a claw that helps the wild animal climb structures such as the side of homes.
Central Texas is considered an ideal home for possums to thrive. With plenty of water and an abundant source of food, possums rarely need to seek shelter inside Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex homes. However, harsher than normal winters or the need for safety to deliver a litter of babies can force possums to use sheds or attics as temporary shelter. Possums also take refuge under decks, steps, and porches where the wild animals build nests close to their natural habitats.
For more than 35 years, the licensed and bonded team of home services contractors at Brinker Animal Removal has helped homeowners living in suburbs like Arlington, Carrollton, Garland, and Richardson trap and humanely remove possums.
Possums are nocturnal animals, which makes detecting the critters difficult for homeowners. The wild animals roam neighborhoods at night and many times, the only indication of their presence is barking dogs or pet food that inexplicably disappears. You might find strange looking fecal matter around the garden or on walkways leading to the front or back entrance of your Dallas, TX home. Possums are considered messy eaters, which means you might discover the remnants of a meal or the foraging the omnivorous critter perform along the sides of your house.
The most likely locations for possums to visit around your home include compost piles, garbage bins, and vegetable gardens. After one or more of the critters enter a home, it is hard to detect their presence, as possums make little, if any noise. The most obvious sign of possums is fecal matter and the discovery of fecal matter usually leads to the conclusion that a wild animal is in the home, not that the wild animal is a possum. Possums have shed most of the fear the critters used to have for interacting with humans. This means encounters with the wild animal are much more common, making detection easier for Dallas, Texas homeowners.
Power in Numbers for Possums
Possums typically mate twice a year, with the beginning of January representing the prime mating season for the critters in central Texas. Each litter brings an average of seven newborns into the world. Although possums prefer to deliver offspring in the wild, a combination of factors can motivate mothers to seek shelter inside Dallas area homes. First, cold weather makes it imperative for pregnant possums to find a warm spot to raise baby possums that live inside the mother’s pouch. Second, with vegetation lacking, pregnant possums have little or no cover to conceal their young from predators. After moving into an attic or a garage, a female possum and her kids will remain as long as there is ample food, water, and shelter.
The Damage Done By Possums
Possums possess a mouthful of razor sharp teeth. The wild animal prefers to avoid confrontations with humans and even pets, but when threatened, it is not out of the question for possums to bite through skin and cause severe bleeding. With the potential to cause serious injuries, possums should be considered a pest that demands immediate removal from your home. Prompt critter control for possums is also important because the wild animals carry debilitating diseases such as tularemia, coccidiosis, and leptospirosis. The potentially life threatening diseases can induce vomiting and diarrhea, as well as cause acute stomach pain. Possums are also prime hosts for the fleas that cling to cats and dogs.
Getting Rid of Possums
Most other wild animal species allow our team of experienced critter control experts to implement a wide variety of measures for controlling the pests. However, trapping and removing possums is the only viable method for getting grid of the critters from your home. Possums are easy to catch, as the critters are tempted by the scent of food attached to bait located at the entrance of large cages. The wild animals prefer sweet foods, although attaching raw meat to a baited trap also works in luring possums into cages that should measure at least 30 by 32 by 30 inches.
Brinker Animal Removal traps and relocates possums in accordance with Texas law. The legal implications of wild animal trapping should motivate you to hire a certified team of professional contractors to get the job done right. Many Texas counties prohibit homeowners from trapping and removing possums, which means hiring an animal removal contractor is legally mandatory. After we catch possums, we transport the wild animals back to their natural habitats located near food and water sources. We take injured and pregnant possums to animal shelters or hospitals to ensure the critters receive proper care.
Possum Proofing Your Dallas, TX Home
Although Brinker Animal Removal specializes in trapping and removing pests from Dallas, TX homes, we also make sure the critters never return to destroy attics and gardens. The first order of business involves taking away possum food sources. We recommend storing garbage bins inside the garage or in the basement. When the time comes for the weekly trash pickup, make sure to weigh down garbage bins lids with heavy objects. Inside your home, store dry food in airtight stainless steel containers and place the containers in cabinets and pantries. The goal is to remove any scent given off by food that attracts hungry possums. Our team of possum removal specialists also inspects your property to eliminate water sources. We fix leaky pipes and clear clogged drains to discourage possums from staying on your property. Without easy access to food and water sources, you can expect possums to search for nourishment elsewhere in the neighborhood.
We use a topical application on the lawn and in the garden to prevent possums from feasting on your property. The topical application does not harm grass or produce, as well as ensures possums do not become sick because of the ingestion of harmful chemicals. Homeowners who live in Dallas metro communities such as Plano and Flower Mound should clear the property of woodpiles and large areas of vegetal overgrowth. Like most wild animal species, possums like to hide in bushes and wood piles before making the push indoors.
If you detect the presence of possums on your property or inside your Dallas, Texas home, you should contact Brinker Animal to get rid of the nuisances. With a GAF certification, we have the professional credentials to trap possums and prevent the critters from returning to your property. Our highly rated home services company offers 24-hour emergency animal removal services for homeowners that discover the presence of possums weeks after the pests have invaded their homes.
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