Opossums Like Your Garage Too

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.

Used Furniture: Beware of Odious Bed Bugs

Typically when people get skin rashes they think they have been attacked by fleas and sometimes their analysis is correct, however in NJ, NYC, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and all over the nation the skin irritations are sometimes actually caused by bed bugs.

A family in Tennessee had a 3 year old child covered with bites they thought were from fleas. A pest control expert determined they were actually from bed bugs and the odious insects probably arrived via the couch they had rented in a rent-to-own furniture deal. However, it’s always difficult to know for sure how the bed bugs arrived at a residence. Perhaps they arrived in a man’s ascot. A store spokesman said the couches were used but were treated in the store in accordance with store procedures. In general used furniture should be avoided. If your going to purchase used furniture find out specifically how they check for bed bugs.

If you think you have NJ, NYC, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn bed bugs let a NJ, NYC bed bugs pest control expert get rid of the horrible insects.

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