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 Critter Control of Dayton today or send a message here!
Keeping Opossums Out For Good
Critter Control handles many opossum-related problems and knows where the critters like to reside on properties. You will most likely find them under porches or decks, but occasionally they will find their way inside homes.
- Opossums are normally removed using traps and baits.
- Removing overgrown shrubs and other foliage can help get rid of potential hiding places.
- Other habitat modifications like building fences and bringing food inside can be helpful.
Common Opossum Problems
Opossums, like most wild animals, show aggression when they feel threatened. Pets and people may be harmed in the presence of an aggressive opossum and are then susceptible to the diseases they carry such as tuberculosis, tularemia, and Chagas disease. Additionally, the marsupials can be infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Other problems include:
- Rifling through trash to find food
- Ripping materials for nesting
Full-Service Opossum Removal
As opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, individuals are cautioned against trying 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 professionals keeps families and pets safe and disease-free. Critter Control of Dayton can help you with opossum removal problems; call today!Request a Quote