Have you ever walked out into your garage and found an unexpected obstacle course of debris that has been knocked down off of shelves? No, it’s not likely a burglar rummaging through your boxed up Christmas ornaments, tools and sports equipment. There is a good chance that you have another type of destructive visitor in your midst.
Opossums are nocturnal and as such they typically sleep all day long and forage for food all night long. It is not uncommon for them to seek shelter in a garage or attic if given the chance. With the weather abruptly changing to cold who can blame them really? They have no trouble climbing to the top of your garage shelves and knocking down anything that is of interest to them or in the way of their waddling back end. When not sleeping, they are always on the hunt for food.
It’s a good idea to keep your garage free of food products as they do invite all types of pests like squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rats and mice. If you suspect that you have opossums in your garage, you could try to leave the door open in the evening and close it before bedtime. Hopefully your visitor will leave on it’s own since it is a night time forager. Opossums are very resourceful though, so make sure that all areas of your garage are free of entry points.
Confronting a wild animal on your own is never a good idea. They can become aggressive very easily and can carry dangerous diseases. It is always a good idea to call a professional pest control expert instead who is trained in the humane removal of any wildlife.