There is no opossum problem that we can’t handle. Opossums will take advantage of existing holes due to constructions gaps to gain access into your home where they will defecate, urinate, chew electrical wires, and cause damage to your attic insulation. We also repair holes on your home to keep the opossums out, along with a full attic restoration service to clean up the mess that they make. We use the most up to date opossum removal equipment and techniques to take care of your problem.
Opossums are classified as a nuisance animal species due to their habits of scavenging for food in urban areas and living in homes. The most common opossum removal complaints include the following:
Opossums living in the attic
Opossums on roof
Opossums living under deck, porch, or patio
Dead opossum on property
Opossums eating pet food or bird seed
Sick, potentially dangerous opossum
Opossum presence is alarming to domesticated animals
(Didelphis Virginiana) Opossums look somewhat like large rats. They have pointed snouts and hairless tails. Opossums are North America’s only marsupial and like kangaroos, they raise their young in a pouch. Adults weigh an average of 10-14 lbs. Lifespans in the wild are around 2 years with some in captivity living as long as 4 years. Opossums mate in January. They have a gestation period of only 12-14 days. When the young opossums are born, they climb into the pouch and grow, then cling to the mother’s back before dropping off to tackle life on their own. Opossums are nocturnal and omnivorous (like raccoons), which means they eat almost anything and are active during the night. Opossums have a total of 50 teeth, which is more than any other mammal in North America.
Opossums are opportunistic livers and feeders. They sometimes establish a home base (especially a female with young) and often live in human structures, in which opossum removal is required. They rummage around at night for food and will eat almost anything, but prefer meat and rotting carcasses. Opossums cannot run very fast and will stand their ground when threatened, showing their 50 sharp teeth. In stressfully dire situations, they will feign death or “play possum” – they will fall over with their tongue hanging out, and excrete a smell similar to a rotting carcass. Opossums are able to hang from their tails but they rarely do this.
Since opossums are opportunistic scavengers, they can come into conflict with people. Opossums will eat garbage, pet food, etc. If they come into contact with domesticated animals, your furry friends are in danger of getting a nasty bite. Opossums can also spread fleas and other parasites. Most of all, they often like to live in human structures, such as under sheds, decks, porches, or patios. They also live in attics where they will defecate and urinate all over the attic insulation. Therefore, opossum removal is a common request.
Opossums do not carry rabies. Their body temperature is so low that the rabies virus cannot survive. They do carry a large amount of parasites, however, and thus are vectors for the diseases that fleas, ticks, etc. can transmit. They also defecate and urinate in structures, which pose the usual excrement health risks, such as leptospirosis or Salmonella.
The only proven method for opossum removal is through trapping, habitat modification, and exclusion. Opossums will not respond to repellents, strobe lights, music, mothballs, or ammonia. We also have one-way doors available. A one-way door is a device that we put over the hole that the animal has used to access the attic. The one-way door will allow the animal to leave the attic but not return. Using one-way doors is generally not recommended due to the fact that the animal will return and try to chew another way into the attic. There are no repellants available on the market that will deter an opossum from living on a property.
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