If you live in the south, you have seen your fair share of opossums. Even in suburban locations, opossum inhabitants stay very healthy in this area. Some have adapted to stealing pet food and garbage for sustenance, and some hide in residential homes for security and warmth.
With their silver-grey fur and vulnerable tails, they can sometimes seem like overgrown rats. They tend to live between 2-4 years in the wild, which makes them some of the shortest-lived mammals of the size. Opossums are omnivorous and will eat nearly anything (that is why they love your crap). You will most often see opossums busy at night since they’re nocturnal.
Why They Are Pests
Opossums are pests because they utilize human-provided resources to survive when individuals would generally prefer they not. Opossums eat almost everything, therefore scavenging for garbage or stealing your pet’s food that’s left out are especially easy ways to allow them to sustain themselves. In addition to trying to locate food, opossums often seek warmth and shelter in colder months, leading them to find their ways to attics, under decks and into sheds. This may lead to a scary and undesirable experience for you, your kids or your pets.
Are They Dangerous?
Broadly speaking, opossums aren’t very dangerous. They are shy creatures who’d rather prevent a confrontation. That having been said, opossums are wild animals with very sharp claws and teeth, and they’ll strike you or your pets if they feel especially threatened. Never corner an opossum or any other wild creature as their only way off from you’re via you. Don’t send your pets after opossums either; the opossum might not win that fight, but be assured that they will fight and your pet will suffer for that. If you come across an opossum in or near your house, please, do not try to eliminate it yourself; call an expert wildlife removal team.
Can They Carry Disease?
Opossums have excellent immune systems, but they can take a variety of parasites and diseases-after all, they do and can eat garbage and carrion. Internal parasites can typically be passed through contact with opossum droppings, and external parasites (specifically, fleas) may be passed through close proximity. Opossums rarely carry rabies, with just 1 in 800 animals statistically infected, but you still don’t want that 1 at 800 opossum to bite you, your children or your pets.
The only way to eliminate pesky opossums from your environment is to trap them and then relocatee them to some other environment. Do not try to do this yourself! You will only risk damaging yourself or damaging the animal. By hiring a professional Wildlife Advertising group, you can be certain that everybody stays safe and that your particular opossum won’t find its way back in your home. In addition to removing and relocating any debatable opossums, professional wildlife removal teams can also offer solutions to make sure that additional opossums and other wildlife do not enter your house or other living areas in the future.