If you live in the South, you’ve seen your fair share of opossums. Even in suburban locations, opossum inhabitants stay very healthy in this area. Many have adapted to eating pet food and trash for sustenance, and some hide in residential structures for warmth and security.
Together with their silver-grey fur and naked tails, they can sometimes look like rats. They tend to live between 2-4 years in the wild, which makes them some of the shortest-lived mammals of the size. Opossums are omnivorous and will eat nearly anything (that is why they love your garbage). You’ll most often see opossums active at night since they’re nocturnal.
Why They’re Pests
Opossums are ultimately pests since they use human-provided tools to survive when individuals would normally prefer they not. Opossums eat nearly everything, so scavenging for garbage or stealing your pet’s food that is left outside are particularly simple means for them to sustain themselves. In addition to trying to locate food, opossums often look for warmth and shelter in colder months, causing them to find their ways into attics, under decks and into sheds. This may cause a scary and undesirable encounter for you, your kids or your pets.
Are They Dangerous?
Generally speaking, opossums aren’t very dangerous. They are shy creatures who’d rather avoid a confrontation. That said, opossums are wild creatures with very sharp claws and teeth, and they’ll strike you or your pets if they feel particularly threatened. Never corner an opossum or other wild animal as their only way away from you is via you. Don’t send your pets after opossums either; the opossum might not win that fight, but be confident that they will combat and your furry friend will suffer for that. If you stumble across an opossum in or near your house, please, do not try to remove yourself; call an expert wildlife removal staff.
Can They Carry Disease?
Opossums have exceptional immune systems, but they are able to carry various parasites and diseases-after all, they do and can eat garbage. Internal parasites can typically be passed through contact with opossum droppings, and external parasites (especially, fleas) may be passed through intimate proximity. Opossums seldom carry rabies, with just 1 in 800 animals statistically infected, but you still do not want that 1 in 800 opossum to bite you, your kids or your pets.
The only way to eliminate pesky opossums from the surroundings is to trap and relocate them to some other environment. Don’t try to do this yourself! You may only risk hurting yourself or the animal. By hiring a professional pest removal company, you can be certain that everyone stays safe and that your particular opossum will not find its way back to your home. In addition to removing and relocating any problematic opossums, professional wildlife removal crews like Wildlife Control may also provide solutions to help ensure that additional opossums and other wildlife do not enter your house or other living areas in the future for bird control.