Welcome to Pest Animal Saint Louis! We are a wildlife removal company servicing Saint Louis, MO. When looking for a wildlife removal specialist you should aim to hire one who works with only the latest technologies and training, to ensure only the safest and most humane way of dealing with a pest control problem. That’s just why you should hire us - a family-run business with not just ten years experience, but also the proud ownership of the no.1 wildlife control company spot, for the third year in a row. On top of that we are always available - we answer our phones 24/7, and we also have technicians working in your area, usually with immediate (same day / next day) appointments on offer. That’s perfect for those pesky emergency critters - snakes, opossums, rats, bats, and pretty much any other wildlife you can think of that may invade your home. If you can’t get rid of it safely and humanely, you should give us a call. We promise to never use poisons because we are not exterminators. We’ll trap the creature using exclusion traps (for the most part) and then rehoming it (where possible) as far away as it needs to go to stop it from ever coming back. With a 32-point home inspection on top of that, and a guarantee that any hole-sealants and repairs are undertaken to only the best and professional of standards, you can put your trust in us. Call us now at 636-614-1849 for your Saint Louis wildlife control needs.
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How to Trap a Saint Louis Opossum
In suburban and country settings you are likely to find that your yard, garage, porch, or even you attic has become home to some unwanted squatters. Saint Louis opossums are known to take advantage of any free shelter, especially if there is food and water available nearby. If you find yourself plagued by opossums you will want to act quickly to be rid of them. Missouri opossums are by nature lackadaisical, slow, and curious. This makes them easy to trap. There are a number of ways to catch opossums. Here are the more popular solutions, and ways to carry them out.
1) Learn to understand the creature’s habits. Know where exactly they live, how/where they are getting in, when they come and go, and what they like to eat.
2) Choose your method of trap. While there are few products that exclusively made for Saint Louis opossums, there are a number of traps that work a treat. Any traps designed to catch medium to large sized mammals, whether a lethal or live trap, will work fine for catching a Missouri opossum. If you decide to use one the lethal traps featured on the market today, a traditional snap style trap is the most effective. This will snap the creature’s body with a high tension, spring-loaded metal bar causing death. Electrocution traps can work for you, but require a close watch to clear the pile of dead bodies that accumulate after an hour or so.
In fact, all lethal traps will require you check them often and empty the gory remains. Be sure to dispose of them in a secure bag in your outside trash, or bury them in a hole to avoid attracting carrion feeders. If you decide to use live traps, there are many varieties available. A cage trap operates on the premise of a pressure plate in the center of the cage that is located under the bait tray. When the opossum enters, it activates the pressure plate causing the door to slam shut behind the Saint Louis animal, permanently trapping it.
Baiting the trap and setting the trigger is simple. After finding the right bait, release the spring lever and open the door to the cage. Place the bait on the tray in the center of the cage over the pressure plate, hook the lever, and the trap is set. The same lever that sets the trap opens the door to remove the animal. They are usually available in one door, two doors, or the collapsible varieties. This catches Saint Louis opossums one at a time. Another effective type of humane trap is an exclusion “funnel”. It features wire rolled in to a funnel shaped entrance that is placed over a hole used frequently by your prey. It allows the Missouri opossum to enter the large end of the funnel, but not return through the small end.
With this trap, the animal leaves its home, but cannot return. You can even attach the small end to a cage and with the funnel, you can catch a bunch of opossums without having to reset each time. When using any type trap, live or lethal, please check the traps often, so that any trapped Missouri animals can handled quickly. No Saint Louis animal needs to suffer needlessly. If your opossums are used to activity and loud noises, you might be able to catch them with a net or large sack. If you use go this route, be sure to have a cage nearby to put them in, and plans on where to relocate them.