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 at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.

Description

Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America, where they live in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields. They are perhaps best known for "playing dead," a defense mechanism used to appear less appealing to predators. Opossums are nocturnal and omnivorous, taking advantage of any food source they come across. Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even untended pet food.

Appearance

Opossums are often confused as a close relative of rats due to its appearance and certain features, but this is simply a myth. Opossums may resemble large rats at first glance, however, these marsupials have these specific characteristics that set them apart. 

  • Grow around 16 inches (41 cm) long
  • Weigh anywhere from 6 pounds (3 kg) to 12 pounds (6 kg) 
  • Opossums can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) in length (including their tails)
  • Gray fur
  • White, pointed faces 
  • Long, pink tails they use to help them climb
  • Feet that resemble small hands with five fingers each 
  • Their back feet contain opposable thumb digits that also help with climbing

Habitat

Found throughout the country, opossums cannot survive in areas of extreme cold, and prefer wooded areas near sources of water like streams, wetlands, swamps, and thickets.  Highly adaptable, opossums survive easily in urban environments, making Daytona Beach an area where opossums are likely to thrive.

Opossum Problems

Entry

Opossums can indeed find their way into homes, though it is usually by accident. The animal may enter through pet doors in search of food or shelter. More commonly, though, they will take up residence under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles. When searching for food, they target garbage cans, gardens, pet foods, and compost piles.

Damage

As is the case with most wild animals, when cornered or threatened, opossums become very aggressive. They will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in attempt to escape. People and their pets can be in danger if they find themselves on the receiving end of an aggressive opossum's bite, claw, or any other form of defense, due to the number of diseases these animals are known to carry. Additionally, the marsupials can be infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.

Opossum Control

Control and Safety

In order to keep opossums out of yards and homes, there are multiple precautions property owners can implement. Removing overgrown shrubs and grasses to limit hiding places. Not leaving pet food outside and securing trash can lids to limit food sources. Building fences is also a good deterring tactic as it can restrict the animal access to gardens, porches, and other sources of food and shelter.

Trapping and Removal

As opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, individuals should never try to trap or corner the animal. Critter Control of Daytona Beach's 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 free of harm.

We can help you get rid of opossum problems! Call the Critter Control of Daytona Beach office today!

386.487.2910

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