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A Pesky Problem with an Easy Solution: When to Seek Opossum Removal

A Pesky Problem with an Easy Solution: When to Seek Opossum Removal

Opossums are one of America’s most common nighttime creatures. They can be found in most areas of the US, as well as in Central and South America. While the animals are fairly short-lived, they can have from one to three litters of up to 20 babies each. Unless you are a night owl, you may not yet have witnessed these pesky critters frequent your yard. However, every homeowner should be aware of opossum control and opossum removal solutions.

While opossums, commonly called opossums, are rarely aggressive, they can certainly be annoying. Even if you don’t see the creatures, you might still see their evidence, such as footprints, nests, or droppings. If you see the signs of an opossum around your home, then it is time to take action before the small inconvenience becomes a big problem. At Critter Stop we are at your entire disposal.

Opossums play dead
Opossums play dead if they feel in danger.

Where do Opossums Live and Hide?

When we have provided opossum removal services, we have found that, like any other animal, opossums are always looking for a snack and a place to call home for the night. Since the creatures are nocturnal, they can be hard to spot. Your persistence in doing a thorough inspection of these common hiding spots will be worth the trouble:

  • Home Bases: Basements, crawlspaces, garages, and outbuildings make perfect places foro possums to set up home. Once the animals are inside these spaces, they can cause trouble by eating whatever food they can find, excreting the food as waste, and destroying wiring, insulation, and other framing fixtures. Be aware that pet doors are the perfect avenues for any kind of animal to enter your home, even those without invitations.
  • Cozy Spaces: Opossums rarely spend many nights in one space, so you’ll want to do a thorough check on other spots in your yard that could hide the creatures, like woodpiles, brush piles, gardens, and trash or compost bins.
  • Overlooked Places: In our experience dealing with opossums, they are notorious climbers and can hang for hours by their prehensile tails. When inspecting your yard, be sure to look up.

If you suspect these spaces on your property to be frequented by opossums, you should seek opossum control or opossum removal solutions.

Opossum in a fence
Opossums are a good climbers.

How Does a Opossum Problem Occur?

Look around any neighborhood and it is easy to see what entices animals into human communities: trash cans filled with yummy treats, bird feeders, outside pets with food dishes, and woodpiles that can serve as shelter for many types of creatures.

Opossums are the vacuum cleaner of your outside space and will eat whatever they can find.

Some of their favorite foods include:

1. Human Food 

Trash and recycle bins are frequented feasting spaces for opossums. When choosing a trash can, make sure to pick one with a close-fitting lid. In your recycle bin, rinse out or wash all containers. Compost bins are another snack bar and should also be fitted with lids.

Gardens and fruit trees are also potentially problematic. Pick and harvest fruits and vegetables as soon as they are ripe. Food left to rot in garden rows or on the ground is an open invitation to many creatures, especially opossums.

2. Lawns and Yards

Overgrown bushes, shrubs, and trees also need to be on your list for home maintenance. While the animals likely won’t eat these things, these spaces do contain hiding spots for some other favorite snacks of opossums: birds and their nests. Opossums also like to eat frogs and lizards, as well as fish, so be sure to monitor any outside water features, like koi ponds.

3. Carrion 

As Opossums experts removals, we know that they are master scavengers, omnivores that eat anything they come across. Opossums may benefit your community by eating beetles and snails that might destroy your plants and garden crops, and by eating roadkill and dead animal carcasses. However, the presence of these food sources may keep the possums around longer than desired.

Are Opossums a Problem for You?

Opossums also carry different diseases that can be transmitted to adults, children, and household pets including spotted fever, tuberculosis, and leptospirosis. Opossums also carry lice, fleas, and ticks that can be easily passed on to dogs or cats in backyard grasses.

Opossums like to be left alone. If you encounter the animal, it will likely pretend to drop dead as survival technique. The animal will lie on its side, motionless, with its tongue hanging out for several minutes, or several hours. Often, the frightened creature also gives off a musky odor of a sick or dying animal. This leaves some homeowners in a quandary when seeing a prone possum—is it dead, sick, or just playing around?

The answer is important. For dead opossums, you’ll want removal. If the opossum is sick, you’ll want to call in help. Even if the creature is just playing dead, in our experience, it can still create problems for homeowners.

Are opossum a problem
Spotted fever, tuberculosis, and leptospirosis are some of the diseases that an opossum could transmit to humans.

How Can You Get Rid of Your Opossum Problem?

Many homeowners decide to tackle the problems themselves with repellants or by using traps. Unfortunately, each of these solutions come with their own set of issues. Repellants rarely work in the long run and can be toxic to small children and pets.

While trapping a opossum might seem like an easy solution, it’s best to remember you’re dealing with a wild animal. While opossums do play dead, they can also become quite aggressive when backed into a corner. Also, many states require that homeowners contact licensed wildlife experts for relocation.

The safest and easiest route to opossum control is to call in the professionals. A professional pest removal company has the experience and tools to solve your opossum problem immediately. At Critter Stop we are here to help. We have provided our opossum removal services hundreds of times in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Our positive reviews from happy customers is the best satisfaction that we have after ending the work. Critter Stop is the local company that you need, call us at (214) 234-2616 and schedule a free inspection now!

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Lee Gorman
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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!
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14:53 15 Nov 22
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