Opossums are the United States' sole marsupial, but they serve a very important role in the environment — one for which humans should be grateful. Opossums can eat up to 5,000 ticks in one season. Many residents are familiar with opossums' unique defense mechanism of "playing dead" to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Also, opossums can carry some deadly diseases and can be potentially aggressive if they feel threatened. If you spot opossums in your yard, don't attempt to remove it yourself — call us! 216.342.2316 or request more information here.
Keeping Opossums Out
- Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America, where they live in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields.
- Opossums are nocturnal and omnivorous, taking advantage of any food source they come across.
- Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even untended pet food.
- Opossum feet look like small hands with five fingers each. Their back feet contain opposable thumb digits that also help with climbing.
- Highly adaptable, opossums survive easily in urban environments, as well as rural.
Common Opossum Issues
- Opossums can indeed find their way into homes, though it is typically unintentional.
- The animal may enter through pet doors in search of food or shelter.
- More commonly, though, they will take up residence under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles.
- When searching for food, they target garbage cans, gardens, pet foods, and compost piles.
- Pets and people may be harmed in the presence of aggressive opossums and are then susceptible to the diseases they carry, such as tuberculosis, tularemia, and Chagas disease.
Full-Service Opossum Removal
In order to keep opossums out of yards and homes, habitat modification efforts are highly recommended.
- Remove overgrown shrubs and grasses to limit hiding places.
- Bring pet food in from outdoors and secure trash can lids to limit food sources.
- Finally, building fences around gardens can restrict the pest's access to easy meals.
As opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, individuals should never try to trap the animal without professional assistance. Critter Control wildlife removal specialists have the proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove pest opossums from homes and businesses.
We can help you get rid of opossum problems. Call us at 216.342.2316.Request a Quote