Dead Opossum in Attic

Dead Opossum In Attic In Orlando

“There’s a what in my attic,” exclaimed an Orlando customer today.

We routinely get called out to figure out why someone’s house has a dead smell emanating from seemingly everywhere, especially the attic.

Dead Opossum in Attic
Dead Opossum in Attic

A dead rat or mouse is generally the reason for the offending smell.  A lot of times customers attempt to rid their nuisance rodents themselves by poisoning them with various products.

While effective, there are a couple of issues with using poison.

  • It often leads to a rat dying in the attic or a wall and sometimes that noise coming from the attic isn’t a rat or mouse.  Sometimes it’s a squirrel or raccoon.
  • Less frequently, and to the surprise of a lot of people, it’s an opossum.

Today It Was An Opossum

That was exactly the case today.  A customer had been hearing something running along the ceiling off and on for a couple weeks.  Assuming it was a rat he went to Home Depot in Orlando, bought some rat poison, and threw it in the attic.  After the poison killed the opossum the homeowner finally gave in and called us out as the problem now was only getting worse.  I removed the dead opossum and explained that it wasn’t rats he was hearing but that the opossum had been living in the attic.

After getting over the shock that an opossum could or would want to be in his attic he asked how to prevent it and other animals from getting back into the attic.  I explained our exclusion process and plan on being back out tomorrow to seal the exterior of the house to prevent reentry.

Why play around with an opossum that really is dead, not just playing dead. Get a professional wild animal removal expert on the job as fast as possible.


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Critter Intruders: Why You Should Hire a Pro for Removal

At some point, almost every homeowner will find an unwanted guest in his or her home, and I’m not talking about a stepmother. These intruders can be anything from insects to larger mammals, such as raccoons or opossums. If you find yourself having a superfluous visitor in your home, you may be tempted to try to deal with it by yourself. However, this approach can often end up backfiring on you and creating more problems than it solves. The best approach is to hire a professional to remove the animals from your property.

Misinformation Misleads

It can seem easy to get rid of these pests, but if you do not know what you are doing, you are not likely to succeed. There are all sorts of misinformation available about how best to get rid of animal intruders, and so trying to use this advice will likely mean failure. You may even end up attracting more animals than you had in the first place. A professional service is going to know exactly what does and does not work, and so they will succeed the first time.

A professional animal removal service can also safely transport the animals away from your property so that they will not return. It is not enough to just drive away one animal at one point in time. You need to take steps to make sure that they do not come back again in the future. A professional service can help you assess your property so that you will know what attracted your unwanted guests in the first place. This way, you can make changes to ensure that they do not return again. With their years of experience in dealing with these pests, a professional service can give you lots of great pointers that you might not have thought of.

My Own Experience

As a homeowner myself, I’ve experienced problems with squirrels in the attic – This is one of the most frustrating problems to have, especially since it means that my roof contractor performed his job inadequately. Nevertheless, after many unsuccessful and harmful attempts at ridding of these pests, I called a professional. Everything was done humanely and securely, ensuring that the squirrels would never return.
Since they’ve been around it for so long, most pest control professionals are also very aware of these types of structural problems that cause infestations. So as far as the roof goes, that problem has also been taken care of. Not only did I benefit from the service, but I made out in the long haul as I was able to take care of structural problems that may have decreased the value of my home upon resale.

But the most important reason to hire a professional involves that of your family’s safety. Although furry and sometimes cute, wild animals are also quite dangerous. Professionals are trained in dealing with these animals and have the proper equipment and protective gear that is needed to safely remove them from your property. If you try to do it on your own, you risk injuring yourself and potentially contracting an unpleasant disease. Do not put yourself or your family at risk. If you are dealing with unwanted animals in your home or on your property, call a professional removal service right away.

By Erik Braunitzer, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, agents for New York City Apartments.