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Should I Hire a Pro, or Remove Opossums Myself?

Should I Hire a Pro, or Remove Opossums Myself?

Quick Answer?
Calling a professional should be the number one response when a Buffalo wild animal is concerned. It is not only your best options of getting rid of the animal but it is also the safest. Personally engaging with a wild animal should not be the first thing that you do! Though opossums are unlikely to harm humans, they are carriers of many diseases such as rabies, leptospirosis, and tularemia. So, definitely call a New York wildlife removal expert or Buffalo professional if you do encounter an opossum on your property. So, while you are waiting for “back up” to arrive, here are a few other things that you could do or somethings that you could do in order to prevent such occurrence If you follow these tips, you might not need to hire a professional in the end!

Research, Research, Research!
One of the most important things you could do before embarking on anything - yes even if it’s just opossums - is to do your research. Educating yourselves about opossums will give you at the very least a rough idea about them and how they behave. The great thing is, you already took the first step by reading this article and you should continue educating yourself more on what opossums are like. Let’s do away with the “shoot and ask questions” later mentality. Some people take this too literally sometimes. Shooting an opossum for one thing can be dangerous - a stray bullet may end up injuring a pet or a loved one! And if you do end up hitting the opossum, it most likely doesn’t die right away and could potentially become more aggressive. So, stay calm and educate yourself on some other ways to prevent opossums from wandering onto your New York property instead:

Alternative Methods
l Prevention - There are several preventive techniques out there and prevention is one of the easiest ways or methods in preventing Buffalo wild animals from entering your property in the first place. One of them being, habitat modification. In habitat modification, all you have to do is keep your property clean and clear of any debris that could very well be used byNew York opossums as food or shelter materials which will attract them onto your property.
l Traps - Another method would be to try and trap the creatures. This is definitely a far more safer and humane way of getting creatures like opossums of your Buffalo property compared to shooting them!
l Repellents - While not the most effective methods, there are some repellents that seem to work on opossums. Though maybe not for long. They are many that are available and out on the market today if you want to give it a try.

While hiring a New York professional to do the job for you is your safest bet when it comes to an immediate situation. You can always help yourself and save yourself the experience by doing some preventive measures such as trapping and habitat modification.

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