Opossums 101 - What You Need to Know About A Opossum Infestation

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Opossum

Opossums are night time creepy crawlers that you are most likely to see skulking about outside of your home. What happens if an opossum gets inside the house? Smart Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex homeowners call Critter Stop. We are here to help you get opossums, rats, and other wildlife, and pests out of your home and keep them gone. Whether you live in Lake Highlands, Las colinas, Grapevine, or other DFW Metro areas, our team of trained professionals will bring our expertise to your front door and help you and your family reclaim your home from invading wildlife. On this page, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to spot an opossum in residence. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the first sign that you have an unwanted visitor in your home. The sooner we get to work, the better!

What You’ll See Inside the Home

An opossum living inside a Dallas area home.

Many homeowners think they have a raccoon in the house when it’s actually an opossum. Their dropping look very similar, but that’s where the similarities end. Unlike raccoons, opossums do not create a “latrine” where their feces and urine will be concentrated. Instead, you may find droppings and grease marks throughout your attic, in the walls, or elsewhere in your home. Additionally, after they get in, opossums are much less destructive than raccoons. They are typically content to take advantage of the warm, dry home, and opossums are unlikely to do extensive damage to ducting, insulation, and other parts of the home. Finally, the opossum’s light sensitivity means they are truly nocturnal, and you will hear little to no activity during the day.

What You’ll See Outside the Home

Damage to the exterior of a home caused by an opossum infestation.

Like raccoons, opossums may be able to gain entry into the home via ventilation or chimneys, but if they need to get inside without an obvious channel, they can do a lot of damage to get into the house. In addition to damage at their point of entry, you may notice some other outdoor indicators that an opossum has taken up residence in your home. Opossums may root around in trash bins. You may also see footprints or droppings around the house.

Critter Stop’s 4 Step Process to Keep Your Home Opossum Free

If you have an opossum move into your home, the Critter Stop team has you covered. Our unique four step removal process is so effective that we offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our residential wildlife removal services. We get started by sealing up all of the possible access points. Then, we trap and humanely remove all opossums. Next, we sanitize any areas where they have left waste and byproducts. Finally, we set up deterrents around your home. These outdoor deterrents will reduce your risk that opossums and other wildlife will reenter the home.


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