Opossums
Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.

Identify An Opossum

Opossums are the only marsupial found in the area. They are best known for their defense mechanism of ‘playing dead’. Opossums will take advantage of any food source they come across. Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and unattended pet food.

Opossums are large animals and great climbers. Their back feet are equipped with opposable thumb digits that, along with their tail, help with climbing.

  • Up to 3 feet in length
  • 6-12 pounds
  • Gray fur
  • White, pointed faces
  • Feet that resemble small hands with 5 fingers

Opossums are highly adaptable and can easily survive in urban environments. Their favorite habitats include wooded areas near sources of water like streams, wetlands, swamps, and thickets. Occasionally, opossums may find safe shelter under your home, porches, or in your shed.

Opossum Problems

Entry & Opossum Damage

Opossums that find their way into homes generally do so on accident. The animal may enter through pet doors when they are seeking food or shelter. Common opossum residence on your property may include opossums under porches, opossums in sheds, opossums under decks, and opossums in brush piles.

Opossums become aggressive when cornered. They may bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Pets and people are likely to be harmed in the presence of aggressive opossums. If scratched or bit, one will become susceptible to the diseases they carry. Opossums can also be infested with fleas, mites, ticks, and lice. The animals are known carriers of diseases including:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Tularemia
  • Chagas Disease

Opossum Control

Removal & Prevention

To avoid the risk of coming in contact with the various diseases opossums carry, individuals should never try to trap the animal without professional assistance. Critter Control of Traverse City has proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove pest opossums from homes and businesses. Trained professionals will keep families and pets safe and diseases-free. Get rid of your opossum problem with help from Critter Control of Traverse City.

We can get rid of opossums in the home. (231) 238-3553

Critter Control of Traverse City Service Area

Traverse City, Kingsley, Fife Lake, South Boardman, Suttons Bay, Northport, Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire, Mancelona, Rapid City, Lake Ann, Empire, Honor, Thompsonville, Benzonia, Beulah, Frankfort, Elberta

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