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Opossum Trapping & Removal

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Opossums, known for their distinctive appearance with a white face, grayish body, and long, hairless tails, are a common sight in North Texas. While these nocturnal creatures play a crucial role in our ecosystem, often helping to control pests and clean up dead matter, they can become a problem when they invade human spaces. Critter Stop specializes in addressing this unique challenge.

As North Texas’s premier opossum trapping removal company, we understand the complexities involved in dealing with these marsupials. Opossums often seek shelter in attics, garages, or basements, particularly during colder months or when they are nursing their young. This behavior can lead to noise disturbances, property damage, and health concerns due to their droppings. At Critter Stop, we combine humane trapping techniques with expert knowledge of opossum behavior, ensuring a safe and effective removal process, and restoring peace to your home.
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Why Opossums are a Problem

Opossums, while being a natural part of many ecosystems in North America, can become a significant problem when they encroach on human habitats. These nocturnal marsupials are highly adaptable and often venture into urban and suburban areas in search of food and shelter. This behavior leads to several issues:

Property Damage: Opossums are known to cause damage as they forage for food and nesting materials. They can tear up lawns, rummage through garbage, and damage gardens. When they take up residence in human structures, such as attics or under decks, they can damage insulation, ductwork, and wiring, leading to costly repairs.

Health Risks: Opossums can carry various parasites and diseases, such as fleas, ticks, and lice, which can be transferred to pets and humans. They also pose a risk of spreading diseases like leptospirosis, tuberculosis, and toxoplasmosis through their urine and feces. The presence of their droppings in areas like attics or crawl spaces can create unsanitary conditions and potential health hazards.

Noise and Nuisance: Opossums can create disturbing noises, especially at night when they are most active. The sounds of them moving around in attics, walls, or under floors can be unsettling and disrupt the peace of a household.

Aggressive Behavior: While generally not aggressive towards humans, opossums can become defensive when cornered or threatened. They may hiss, growl, or even bite and scratch, posing a risk to homeowners, their children, and pets.

Attracting Other Wildlife: The presence of opossums can attract other wildlife, such as predators (like coyotes) or scavengers, which can lead to a larger wildlife issue in the area.

Signs to Discover if I Have Opossums in My Attic

Determining if you have opossums in your attic can be challenging, as these nocturnal creatures are often discreet. However, there are several signs that can indicate their presence:

Noises at Night: Opossums are most active during the night. If you hear scratching, shuffling, or thumping sounds coming from your attic after dark, it could be a sign of opossums. 

Visible Damage: Opossums can cause visible damage as they attempt to access your attic. Look for torn or displaced shingles, holes or gaps in the exterior of your roof, or damaged vents. Inside the attic, check for torn insulation, chewed wires, or disturbed storage items.

Foul Odors: A strong, musty odor can indicate an opossum's presence. This smell comes from their droppings, urine, and the oils in their fur. 

Droppings: Opossum droppings are notable signs. Their feces are fairly large, similar to that of a small dog, and are usually found scattered around the attic. 

Tracks and Marks: Opossum tracks are distinctive, with opposable thumbs on their rear feet. You might notice these tracks in dust or dirt in your attic or around the exterior of your house.

Nesting Materials: Opossums make nests from materials like leaves, grass, and shredded paper or insulation. If you find such nesting materials gathered in a corner of your attic, it's a strong indicator of their presence.

Disrupted Pets: If your household pets, particularly dogs and cats, become agitated for no apparent reason, especially at night, they may be reacting to the scent or sounds of an opossum.

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Our Opossum-Trapping Process

At Critter Stop, our opossum trapping process is designed to be humane, effective, and safe for both the animals and homeowners. Here's an overview of how we handle opossum invasions:

1. Initial Inspection: Our process begins with a thorough free inspection of your property. Our trained technicians will identify signs of opossum activity, locate entry points, and assess any damage. Understanding the extent of the infestation and how opossums are accessing your home is crucial for effective removal.

2. Customized Trapping Plan: Based on the inspection, we develop a customized trapping plan. We use live traps that are humane and designed specifically for capturing opossums without harming them. These traps are strategically placed near entry points or areas of high activity.

3. Safe and Humane Trapping: Our trapping methods prioritize the safety and well-being of the opossums. Our team is trained to handle and transport opossums safely to prevent stress and injury to the animals.

4. Sealing Entry Points: Once the opossums are removed, we focus on preventing future invasions. This involves sealing all potential entry points, such as holes in the roof, vents, and gaps around pipes. We use durable materials to ensure these repairs are long-lasting.

5. Cleanup and Sanitization: Opossums can leave behind droppings, urine, and nesting materials, which pose health risks. We conduct a thorough cleanup of these areas, using professional-grade sanitizers to eliminate any harmful pathogens and odors. This step is essential to restore your attic or affected area to a safe and clean state.

6. Ongoing Monitoring and Support: After the initial removal and repair work, we offer ongoing monitoring services to ensure your home remains opossum-free. Our team is also available to provide support and advice on best practices to deter wildlife from your property in the future.

7. Release and Relocation: We comply with all local wildlife regulations regarding the humane treatment and relocation of trapped opossums. The animals are released in a suitable habitat far from urban areas, ensuring they can continue their lives in a more appropriate environment.

Our opossum trapping process at Critter Stop is designed to address your immediate wildlife concerns while also ensuring long-term prevention. We are committed to providing a humane, efficient, and comprehensive opossum removal service to keep your home safe and wildlife-free.

Choosing Critter Stop: Expert Solution for Opossum Removal

Choosing Critter Stop for your wildlife management needs means selecting a service that stands out for its commitment, expertise, and humane approach. Here's why we are the best choice for handling your opossum troubles:
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Expertise and Experience

Our team consists of trained professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience in wildlife management, particularly with opossums. We understand their behavior and habitats, ensuring effective and humane trapping and removal.

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Humane and Safe Practices

At Critter Stop, we prioritize the humane treatment of all wildlife. Our trapping and relocation processes are designed to be safe for both the animals and the residents of the homes we service.


Customized Solutions

We recognize that each wildlife challenge is unique. Therefore, we offer personalized solutions tailored to the specific needs of your home and situation, ensuring the best possible outcome.

Comprehensive Services

Our services go beyond just trapping. We provide complete solutions including inspection, damage repair, sanitation, and preventive measures to ensure your home remains wildlife-free.

Customer Satisfaction

We are dedicated to delivering high-quality service and customer satisfaction. Our team is responsive, reliable, and ready to address any concerns or questions you may have.

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Local Knowledge

Being a North Texas-based company, we have specific insights into the regional wildlife challenges, enhancing our ability to provide effective and localized solutions.
Choose Critter Stop for a peaceful and safe home, free of wildlife concerns. Contact us today at 972-430-4850 to schedule a free inspection and take the first step toward solving your opossum problems!

Frequently Asked Questions

Opossum trapping and removal can be a tricky process and many people have questions about how it works. Here are some frequently asked questions about opossum trapping and removal:
To determine if you have an opossum problem, listen for noises like scratching or thumping in your attic or walls at night, look for damage around your home such as torn vents or holes, and check for droppings or foul odors in hidden areas. Also, observe if your pets are unusually agitated, as they might sense the presence of opossums.
While it's possible to trap an opossum yourself, it's generally not recommended. Trapping wildlife requires knowledge of local regulations, humane trapping methods, and proper handling to avoid injury to both the animal and yourself. Additionally, without professional expertise, it can be challenging to effectively resolve the underlying issue, such as securing entry points to prevent future infestations. Professional wildlife removal services are advised for safe and effective opossum removal.
Opossums are generally not dangerous. They are typically non-aggressive and prefer to avoid confrontations with humans. When threatened, they might hiss or play dead, but they rarely attack. However, like any wild animal, they can become defensive if cornered and may bite or scratch. Additionally, they can carry diseases and parasites, so it's important to handle opossum encounters cautiously and seek professional assistance for removal from residential areas.
Once opossums are trapped, they are humanely relocated. Our professional wildlife removal services follow local wildlife laws and regulations, which often require trapped animals to be released at an approved location, typically a habitat away from residential areas. This ensures the safety of both the opossums and the community. The aim is to move them to an environment where they can thrive without causing conflicts with humans.
The cost of opossum removal varies based on factors like location, severity of the infestation, and the services required (such as trapping, repairs, and cleanup). When you have an opossum problem, you can call us and receive a free inspection of your house. Once we understand the whole problem, our team will send you a final quote.
We strongly recommend calling a dead animal removal expert like us. The potential health risk is very high and a lot of things can go wrong. If you want to remove yourself - which once again, we don't recommend - it's important to handle the situation carefully. Avoid direct contact due to potential health risks. Use gloves and a shovel to remove the animal, and dispose of it according to local guidelines, which may involve burying it, or placing it in a sealed bag for trash disposal. After removal, clean and disinfect the area thoroughly. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the process, consider contacting a professional wildlife removal service like Critter Stop to do the job.
It is not humane or legal in many areas to leave a possum in a trap for an extended period. Generally, it's recommended to check traps at least once every 24 hours. If a possum is caught, it should be released or removed as soon as possible, ideally within the same day. Prolonged confinement can cause stress, injury, or death to the animal. Always adhere to local wildlife laws and guidelines regarding the humane treatment of trapped animals.
Possums are attracted to sources of food, water, and shelter. They are drawn to pet food left outside, unsecured garbage cans, compost piles, and fruit or vegetables in gardens. Possums also seek shelter in areas like attics, under decks, and in garages or sheds, especially if these spaces are quiet and undisturbed. Eliminating these attractants by securing food sources and blocking access to potential shelter areas can help deter possums from inhabiting your property.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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