Have you ever had a situation with wild animals in your space? I have been infested with opossums! Yes, plural - opossums! After researching this wild animal I have discovered they like to reside in basements, attics any where warm, dry and sheltered. And can have a liter of 10 - 17 off-spring!!!
My roof top peak is their choice of dwelling - my cedar sided house is perfect for climbing on. The soffits provide a nice stairway up to the very peak into a nice, safe and dry little den. I can see the scratch marks on the front columns were it has been going up and down. The foliage has died from it's comings and goings. I fear it will claw its way into my attic. I have decided it is time to take matters into my own hands.
Things You Will Need
A live trap. I purchased mine at a tractor supply store. It was $25.00 and came with a smaller trap.
Bait. I used honey covered wieners. Leave the wiener whole - they were grilled also.
Gloves. You will want to have these on when you move the cage. Wild animals can be dangerous, especially when they are trapped or threatened.
Ply wood. If you are setting the trap on a roof top or in an attic room, place a piece of plywood under the cage. Wild animals when trapped will try to dig their way out. This precaution will protect your flooring or roof top.
Place to take the animal. It is illegal in some states to trap certain animals, so plan in advance and act accordingly.
Step 1Now, set your trap with your honey coated wiener and place the bait towards the back of the cage. Not too close to the sides or back. They will reach in from the outside of the trap. You want them to go in from the front. Test the sensitivity of your trap a couple of times to make sure it works properly.
Step 2Set the trap outside with the bait then place it on the path it takes to climb up the house or wherever you problem area is. They begin their activity at sunset so get your trap set just before then. If you have cats and squirrels you may trap them also. So far, I have caught 5 opossums (one large, one medium and three smaller ones), one cat and one squirrel.
Now sit back and wait until about 10 p.m. and early morning to check your trap. Trapping your critter my may not happen the first time you put your trap out. Check to see if your bait is still there. They are very crafty and can get the bait without setting off your trap. They do like cat food and tuna, however this may attract cats. They like apples and peanutbutter, however this may attract squirrels.
When you are releasing your trap, opossums will back away from the opening. Set the trap on the groung and latch the door open. Move to the back of the trap and it will walk on out. The small ones were more lively and moved a little faster out of the trap. Practice opening the door so when you are ready to release your critter you will be able to do it fast and easy. My first time was very eventful! I ended tossing the cage with the opossum in it! I did not set it on the ground and as I was trying to dump it out it kept crawling up towards me. Glad no one saw me tossing my opossum!
Tips & Warnings
Opossums and raccoons can be very destructive to your home. They also carry many diseases, especially in their feces and feces remains will attract others. If they have young they can be very vicious so take precautions. If you feel like it is too dangerous to handle call a professional animal exterminator. Good luck!