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Opossum in the Wall

Of all the animals I deal with, opossums seem to like to live in walls of homes more than any other wildlife. Sure, raccoons, squirrels, rats, and mice live in walls, but they'll usually take the attic when they have a choice. Opossums seem to like the tight space or something, because I find them in walls all the time.

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Opossums in the wall.

In the photo to the left, there were some baby opossums stuck down a wall. Mother possums go into attics and often have up to a dozen young, and the baby possums run all over the place, and they commonly go down walls, where they get stuck. The homeowner called me when he heard scratching. However, I've dealt with many cases of dead baby opossums rotting and stinking in walls, so usually the homeowner doesn't do anything until the bad odor starts.

In the photo in the middle, we see a mother opossum with babies down a wall. She actually can climb up and out. They are really good climbers. When I go into an attic to look for opossums, I usually look down all the available walls, and that's where I find them.

That was the case in the right photo. I was called out to a house with noises in the attic, and the first wall I looked down, bam, there was the opossum. I was not able to snare it from the attic because there was no room, so I cut a hole in the wall and removed it there. Little did I know, that particular attic had four adult opossums, all of them down different walls! Needless to say, I had to return to that house a few times.

For more advice on how to get possums out of the wall, you may want to read some of my other opossum articles: possum removal - opossums in the attic - photos of possum poop - types of possum problems - possum trapping - how to catch a possum - pest control of possums - possum in the wall - possum in the house - possum in basement - possum repellent - types of possum damage.

Opossum Situation: Thanks for site and info I have a question for you. I know the way the possums get into the attic, and then crawl down into the wall, the question is if I remove the branch that they use to get in there will they jump from the roof. I don't want them to die in my walls. I think once I take away the branches cloesest to the house I should be fine. What do you think?

My Response: In the case of an opossum, removing the branch might help. I do think the animal will manage to get out, and not die in the attic. But you never know with opossums. They are pretty dumb.

THANKS FOR THE RESPONSE I WANTED TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTOOD OPOSSUM BEHAVIOR BEFORE I DID ANYTHING BUT THE KICKER IS THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS AND I NEVER KNEW IT

Article topics include: Possum scratching in the wall, remove an opossum from the wall, how do you get a possum out of the wall, how do you get rid of a possum stuck in the wall, dead possum in the wall

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