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.

Opossum Removal

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.

Opossum control in ColumbusThere 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.

Full-Service Opossum Control 

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!

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Opossums
Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.
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