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Opossums are one of the most unique animals in North America because they are the only marsupials found in the region. These animals are like the Australian Kangaroos that have a pouch for carrying their infants around until they are old enough to survive on their own. Opossums are omnivores that eat anything, including garbage. These little critters, while very slow on the ground are very good climbers and will most times live in your attics, underneath decks and sheds. Humans have devised many construction methods to create fine homes for their families. Sometimes, wildlife also appreciates the wonderful construction of these homes and may find nooks and crannies to raise their own young. These creatures, related to the marsupials of Australia, can find their way into attics or under sheds or other materials on your property.

 

Understanding Opossum Traits and Behavior

Opossums have a long body and pointed snout. Their hair is coarse and may be gray, reddish or black with white tips. The face is pinkish white and the nose is pink. Ears are large and hairless. They are most active at night and are good climbers. They can be found in trees and may find their way into attic spaces to raise their families. Opossums can eat a variety of different foods and have 50 strong teeth that they may display to defending themselves. Their bites are painful, and so they are best left to a professional removal service if they become a problem. Opossum may play “possum” when threatened; that is, they fall over and play dead to fool their enemies. They form pair bonds only for the purpose of mating. When the young are born, they are carried in pouches on the opossum’s body in the early phases. Opossum can make themselves at home in urban areas as well as in woodlands or rural areas.

 

When They Become A Nuisance

Opossums can make their homes in unsecured areas of home structures and can move around at night making noise and disturbing residents of the home. They may also dig up areas of the yard, creating burrows and destroying yard plants. They may feast on garden vegetables or fruits and threaten household pets. Those who keep horses should be aware that opossums could transmit Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM), which can be a serious disease. Removal of opossum from your property can help to protect your horses and household pets from transmission of diseases. Eliminating food sources outdoors can help to discourage opossums from your property. Keeping your yard well lit can also help to eliminate them from the premises.

 

We’re Ready To Help

While opossums are not dangerous, complaints often made about these creatures are: they are harassing pets and eating their food; they are scattering the garbage and being a nuisance by living under sheds and in attics. If you find an opossum living in your attic or anywhere else in your house, do not hesitate to call Cajun Critter Removal.

We offer opossum removal services and exclusion service. This means that once the offending creature is removed from the property, we will search your dwelling thoroughly to find their point of entry and seal the entries to prevent them from entering your house or business in the future.