Common Facts About Opossums
Opossums play a vital role in our ecosystem for many reasons. A single opossum can consume around 5,000 ticks in a season. They also feed on slugs, snails, roaches, spiders, rats, mice, and snakes. Speaking of snakes, opossums are immune to snake venom! Unlike many other rodents, their low body temperature and their amazing immune system are the reasons why they are rarely victims of rabies or other virus infections.
So, why would someone ask for opossum control? Well, these animals can also be quite messy and smelly. They easily destroy gardens and are the reason for costly home repairs
When Is Opossum Breeding Season?
Most opossum babies are born between the months of February and June. Most of the mothers seek shelter within attics where they build nests.
Do Opossums Hibernate?
No, opossums do not hibernate. Their bodies have little fat, and they don’t store food during the winter, which means they hunt for food all year round
Are Opossums Dangerous?
Opossums are known to create significant damage in and outside homes. They can tear roof shingles, siding, insulation. Also, their urine and droppings result in large stains that are hard to clean. They usually build their nests using insulation on walls, they chew on wood and drywall, as well as gnaw the nearby wiring, leaving quite the mess behind.
Signs of Opossum Infestation:
- loud scratching noises
- constant animal vocalizations
- building exterior damage
- disappearing pet food
- unpleasant odor
Instead of looking for a way of coping with a future opossum infestation, you can do something to prevent possible events. The best approach is to eliminate food sources and keep good home hygiene. Secure your trash can lids, seal any holes and entry points to your house, and try to pick up rotting fruit or vegetables from your yard.
When it comes to opossum control services, we always use humane methods to trap a family of opossums. Another great reason to contact a professional rather than attempt traping an opossum yourself (even if your intentions are good) is that opossums can get aggressive when cornered and trying to protect their babies. And if you have an opossum in your attic, chances are it is a mother that has given birth recently.
We are Total Pest Services, and you can get in touch with us for proper and humane opossum removal. Even if you have set the traps yourself, you can count on us for relocating the opossum/opossums to a more suitable environment, far away from your property.