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 — contact Critter Control of Columbus today for an opossum inspection or contact us using our online form HERE.
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. Contacting trained technicians keeps families and pets safe and disease-free.
There are a number of common opossum removal/prevention methods your technician will likely implement, including:
- Humane Live Trapping
- Wire fencing
- Habitat Modification
- Exclusion Method
There are some things you can do as a homeowner to decrease the likelihood of finding opossums on your property and in your home:
- Getting rid of debris piles
- Remove shrubs/grasses
- Keep domestic pet food inside
Common Opossum Problems
Like most wild animals, opossums become aggressive when they are cornered. They will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss to escape. Opossums are notoriously aggressive and are also susceptible to carrying deadly diseases, like Tuberculosis, Tularemia, and Chagas disease. Additionally, the marsupials can be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.
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To keep opossums out of yards and homes, habitat modification efforts can be employed. Bring pet food inside and secure trash can lids to limit food sources. Finally, building fences around gardens can restrict the pest's access to easy meals.
We can help you get rid of opossum problems. Call Critter Control of Columbus today!Request a Quote