Hi my name is Brenden Mangnitz and I am the owner of Animal-Pros. I have been in business now on my own for nearly five years and I have been in this industry for close to 10 years working with friends, family and other companies, while learning, training and understanding the wildlife removal & nuisance animal control industry. I started off by graduating from the University of South Florida with my business management degree. After this degree I got into the field of wildlife control because I knew there was a big issue with possums getting into people's trappers and I realized that there are not many professional possum removal companies. I wanted to be one of the most professional and honest possum removal and possum trapping companies out there and I realized that there is a big need to hire professional possum removal companies. You want to always hire a professional possum removal and possum trapper that is properly licensed, insured, bonded, has workers comp, but additionally you want to hire possum removal companies and possum trappers that show up in uniforms, have wonderful customer service, have clean trucks and respect both of you and the animals like the possums being trapped. We treat our animals in a humane way.
If you were looking for tips, facts or how to remove possums, you've come to the right place. There are many tools that you can use to trap possums. If you look at my pictures on possum traps and possum tools they can give you an idea. I generally always use live animal traps when trapping possums. Live animal traps are very safe and humane. When you capture and trap possums there is no reason to kill the possum. Set the live possum traps around your home and make sure to read my tips for what bait to use to catch a possum.
Customers ask me all the time are there repellents that you can use to capture possums and keep them away from your property? The honest answer is no. I personally do not feel that possum repellents work. There is no scientific evidence that states there is a possum repellent. Possum repellents can only really last for a week or so until the weather affects it, thus making it weak. That is why whenever I have a situation with possums I use live possum traps to capture and relocate a possum. Once the possum has been properly captured by then go ahead and do an exclusion where I close off all the access points on the home or property in order to make sure the possums do not come back. Also remove any of the attractive that you might have around the house. The best tool that you have for possum prevention is due diligence. Make sure you pick up the trash, lock your trash cans, don't leave food outside and that right there is the best way to repel possums.
People sometimes ask me about possum poison. This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. Why would you ever want to poison a 25 pound, essentially undomesticated cat? If it dies in your attic it's going to smell awful. If you use possum poison the animal will die and cause an entire mess for you to clean up. Do not use possum poison. It is not humane and is not recommended and it is very dangerous. What if the possum doesn't eat the poison but brings it out onto your lawn and then your kids or pets eat it? Well then you're in a world of trouble. That is why here at Animal-Pros.com we are a poison-free company. Poisons are very dangerous and I do not recommend them. Live possum trapping is the best way to go. Regular old possum traps work and they have been working for hundreds of years.
Are you trying to trap possums and need help to prevent possums from knocking over your trap? Well if so it's simple. Put your trap on the floor in an area where it can't be knocked over and safely secure that trap down. You can use zip ties, screws or rope. Those are great ways to prevent possums from knocking over your trap.
If you have possums in the attic you do not want to put the possum trap in the attic. Possum trapping in the attic is a general mistake and novice thing to do. If you trap a possum in the attic it is going to freak out. The possum can punch through the drywall and destroy the insulation. Possums cause very serious damage when trapped in an attic. There's even been times that I have seen possum trapping in the attic and the trapped possum pulled the cable wires and electric wires in the trap and electrocuted and shocked itself. Luckily it didn't cause a house fire but it's very possible that possums can cause house fires. What I always recommend is do possum trapping on the exterior of the home, figure out how the possum got into the home and set the traps by the area in which it used to access. For example if you have a tree leaning up against your roof chances are that tree is how the possum climbed onto the roof. Put the trap at the bottom of the tree with the appropriate base and that's how you successfully and humanely capture possums. If you have any further questions feel free to contact Animal-Pros.com at any time!
If you think you are having an issue with possums in your and want to get an expert opinion on the best tools to use to catch a possum, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with Animal-Pros and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.