Opossum Removal and Why You Should Trust the Professionals to Get Rid of Them for You:
Chances are you’ve seen an opossum at least once in your life. They are the only marsupial that can be found in North America. They are found all over except the Rockies, western plains and parts of the northern region.
Opossums like to live alone and they are usually active at night. Not commonly known, but opossums are relatives of the kangaroo. But, they are much smaller and a lot slower.
If you’ve encountered an opossum, you’ve probably found yourself a little frightened by them. You might have also realized that they produce a really nauseating odor when they are threatened. They also have been known to carry diseases just like raccoons. Therefore, if you find one in your yard, it’s important to contact a pest removal service verses trying to rid it from your yard, yourself.
There are certain things that can be done to prevent an opossum from coming into your yard. For example, make sure your garbage can lids are tightly secured. There are great trash cans that have animal-proof lids. Make sure that you bring any leftover pet food in at night so that opossums are not attracted to it. Remove woodpiles and logs that can attract these critters who may be looking to stay warm. If you have a garden, chances are higher than an opossum that will end up in your yard. So this is where a fence would come in handy, one they can not dig under or weasel through. They are skilled leapers so a high fence would be more effective in keeping these pests from tearing up your yard and/or your garden.
Opossums like to sleep during the day but forage at night. To sleep, they like to find a place where they will be hidden and left alone. This means you might find one in your attic. Since they do destroy things and pose a health risk due to the diseases and parasites they carry, you’ll want to get rid of them as fast as you can.
Trying to get rid of a possum yourself might not be as effective as getting rid of one through a pest control company who is well-versed in doing so. They can spread parasites and diseases if they can bite you. That’s why it’s so important to leave it to the professionals. Otherwise possums are one of the more harmless wild animals you will encounter.
According to the Wildlife Rescue League, opossums can contract rabies but are rarely found as rabid due to the fact that scientists believe that their body temperature is too low to support the rabies virus. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Department states that opossums can carry diseases like leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They can also be infested with mites, lice, fleas, and ticks. There is a lot of information here about how to deal with opossums and their diseases. Please be safe while encountering opossums and other wildlife, it is better to be cautious.
If you’ve noticed an opossum around your home and would like to have it removed Wild Animal Pest and Removal is a great place to call: 1-844-WILDOUT. Not only will they rid your property of any and all wildlife, but they will also help to repair any damage and set-up regular visits to prevent any critters from returning.