I’m a fair-minded landlord, so I wasn’t too harsh on the animals when I had to conduct opossum removal. I remodeled the large vacant home I bought into four separate apartments, and had no problem renting them out once the remodeling work was complete and all the permits and licenses came through. The place is a good location, not far from a mass transit station and within walking distance to a shopping center. But, I managed to keep the private, inviting feel of an old home. It was easy to get tenants quickly.
I live in the upper-most apartment, so no other tenants were aware of the scrabbling, rustling noises coming from the empty attic just above my head. I assumed it was an animal or bird that had gotten lost in there and would find its way back out the next morning, but the noise persisted over the next couple of days. Finally, I felt I had to do something. I crawled up there one morning and poked around, my nose wrinkling at the nastiest smelling animal droppings I’d ever had the displeasure of seeing or smelling. Then, over in the far corner, I spotted the two animals, and knew the time had come for opossum removal.
I called a professional opossum removal service, and they quickly came out. But, I was adamant. I didn’t want them to take the opossums away. I wanted to relocate them under the pergola in the yard. I thought they were sweet and cute, even as they bared teeth at the opossum trapper. He looked at me kind of funny, but obliged.
I didn’t tell the guy who did the opossum removal that I had a problem with voles on the property. It may have been what attracted the opossums in the first place. My tenants didn’t spend any time in the yard, since there was a nice park nearby, so they weren’t aware of the vole holes and tunnels in the yard. I’d tried to trap the voles myself, but it felt like there were three or four more for every one I caught.
So, I thought, if I had to have opossums removed out of the attic, I might relocate them into a safe place in the yard. That way, they could hunt down and feast on the troublesome voles as long as they stayed out of the attic and didn’t keep me awake at night.
It kind of worked for a time. There were several times, though, that I had to go out early and pick up the garbage cans they’d knocked over and rooted through. Then, there was the night that I heard hissing and growling. It’s possible they had a run-in with one of the local cats. But, the vole population started to decline, so I thought I was brilliant for removing opossums out of the attic and relocating them under the pergola. One night, however, one of my tenants had decided the pergola was a perfect, romantic place to take his girlfriend. His girlfriend screamed nice and loud when they startled the two opossums, and soon everyone was aware of our backyard vole-eaters. This time, I had to have opossum removal done for good. They were taken off the property, never to be seen again. I had the same service get rid of the voles, too, while I was at it.