Pest Control in Cobourg, ON

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Opossum infestation in Cobourg ON

Wildlife & Rodent Removal In Cobourg

Rodents create health risks, as well as damage to wiring, insulation, and more. Let’s get them back into the wild where they belong. We specialize in the humane and safe removal of bats, squirrels, birds and other mammals that may infest your home, yard or business. Using wildlife exclusion techniques and live trapping, we remove unwanted nuisance pests and seal your home or business to keep them out for good! We will rid your home or office of household wildlife such as raccoons, rats, mice, birds, bats, rodents, skunks, opossums and more!

Opossums in Cobourg, ON

Generally known as Possums, the type in North America is technically called Opossum and slightly different from the possum which is commonly found in Australia. Opossums love populated areas/ buildings where garbage, pet food, and human food provide sustenance for them. In general, an opossum in your yard is only stopping by for a meal and will soon be on its way. It can even help eliminate other pests, like slugs, insects, and small rodents around the area. 

  • Maing a Mess – Opossums will go through garbage looking for food. They are less likely than raccoons to open and overturn trash cans but happily find and consume any accessible trash or compost.
  • Eating Plants in Your Garden – While opossums can benefit your garden by consuming pests, they might also eat your crop of vegetables and fruits or trample over your plants.
  • Attacking House Pets or Children – Usually opossums respond to any threat by playing dead. However, like any animal, they can defend themselves with hissing and biting in some cases, so there is a chance that approaching them could result in injury. Children should be taught not to pet or feed wildlife and cats and dogs should be monitored when outdoors to prevent any encounters with an opossum.
  • Killing Chickens – Opossums have a reputation for breaking into chicken coops to eat the chickens and the eggs. This is not commonplace behavior as other food sources are often more convenient.
  • When the Die – Opossums, like other mammals, may pass away on a property if they’re there too long. Dead animals can cause pest issues, disease, unpleasant smells, and more.

Opossum and Rabbies

There is also a low chance of rabies with opossums, but their colder body temperature makes them one of the less likely mammals to carry this disease. Many people mistake an opossum’s bared teeth and foaming mouth during “playing possum” for rabies infection. In reality, this is only their defense mechanism and the chance of disease, while possible, is extremely rare.

Are Opossums Hard to Get Rid Of?

The good news is that this is not a difficult animal to remove from your yard and keep out. The recommended method of dealing with an opossum in your yard is to let it be. Within two or three days, it will likely move elsewhere. If you have an opossum that seems to have set up permanent residence beneath your patio or you come out every morning to find your garden torn up, there are steps you can take to get rid of opossums. These include:

  • Removal – An opossum inside your home should be immediately returned outdoors for the safety of your family and the animal. Depending on the location, this can mean ushering the opossum through an open door or a more complex trapping procedure. It is also possible to remove an opossum from a den on your property and relocate it to a more natural habitat.
  • Prevention – Changing the habitat in your yard that draws opossums to the area and addressing the places where they enter will effectively keep opossums away from your property, instead of forcing them to go elsewhere to find food and shelter.

Preventing Termites/ Ants Infestation

  • Avoid using mulch for landscaping near the exterior of the home. Mulch can create an entry way for termites to infest your home. All mulch needs to be 6-12 inches from the foundation. Pine straw and rocks are good alternatives to hardwood mulches.
  • Inspect the outside of home for moisture problems. An area that commonly rots and acts as harborage for termites is masonite siding. The bottom 3 to 4 boards of masonite usually rot within 3 years of installation. It is not uncommon for wooden windows and doors to show signs of moisture within 4 to 5 years of installation, especially when a house has small eaves that provide little protection from direct rain. Caulk around all windows, particularly wooden windows and doors to prevent moisture. Water that drains adjacent to a structure will wick into the wall areas through bricks, mortar joints and weep holes.
  • Keep surrounding dirt around your home moisture free. Rain and sprinkler water should drain away from the home. Remove or redirect sprinkler systems that wet within 8-12 inches of a structure. Gutters and downspouts should be maintained to prevent leaks and proper drainage. Water from rain and sprinkler systems will keep the dirt moist. The moisture that has wetted inside the structure from the dirt above grade can allow termites to live without ground contact.
  • Keep all ivy and plants from growing next to or onto the exterior foundation - Ivy prohibits us from rendering an effective inspection. Ivy also commonly causes a moisture problem and creates a direct path for termites to infest a structure.
  • Avoid stacking firewood or other wood type materials within 25 feet of a home unless it is stacked on a metal base. It is important not to create a bridge for termites with wood touching the ground near the exterior of your house.
  • Digging or re-Iandscaping within 8 inches of your home can break the chemical barrier allowing termites an avenue to your home. It is important to contact ZOLO Pest Control for a retreatment to keep your home protected. Every 5 years, a complete ground barrier treatment should be applied to be effective. Termite renewals should be completed when due.
Why Hire ZOLO

Hiring a professional pest control company from the beginning will save you so much time and stress, rather than going through trial and error by doing it yourself. Leave the hard work to the professionals with the know-how to quickly eliminate your pest problem once and for all. Save yourself time, energy, and frustration by hiring our reputable pest control company. Our trained and licensed pest technicians will be able to solve your problem quickly and effectively because they are knowledgeable about pests and effective treatments. After all, it is what they do every day. Stop throwing away your time and hard-earned money only to have to call a professional anyway. Get professional help and get it done right the first time.

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