Opossum Trapping, Removal & Exclusion
PORTLAND OR – VANCOUVER, CAMAS & LONGVIEW WA
Opossums, better known as possums, are marsupials that are reminiscent of large rats. They are normally the size of a medium house cat, standing at two to three feet long, but can be bigger or smaller depending on the specific species. This animal typically has gray fur, a long hairless tail, hairless ears and a pointed face. They use their tails to balance, are nocturnal animals and have impressive immune systems that are strong enough to fight off the venom from a rattlesnake.
Identification: About 2 to 3 feet long, including tail, and weighing up to 15 pounds, the opossum has coarse grayish fur, a pointed face, and hairless, rounded ears. Its long hairless tail enables it to carry food and nesting materials and hang from trees. Their feet resemble small hands, toes have claws, and the rear foot has an opposable thumb.
Feed on: This omnivore feeds on fruits, nuts, green plants, insects, snails, snakes, frogs, birds and their eggs, and small mammals such as meadow voles, mice, and rats – both fresh and dead. In human environments, they will also eat from vegetable gardens, compost piles, garbage cans, or pet food dishes.
Habits: Opossum shelter in abandoned burrows, tree cavities, brush piles, and other dense cover. In human environments they may move into sheds and under steps, porches, decks, as well as attics, garages, and crawlspaces where they make an untidy nest of sticks and whatever else may be available. They are not generally not aggressive unless cornered, when they may hiss, growl, and show their teeth.
The Problem: High populations can develop when food is plentiful, and some will enter a home through a pet door in search of food. Opossum are considered a nuisance when they feed from gardens, defecate in yards, get into fights with pets, and can inflict serious injury sharp teeth. Opossum carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.
Common Questions About Opossums
Where do opossums nest and do they cause damage
- By nature, opossums are nomadic animals that will stay in a place as long as food is readily available. It is also common for a family of opossums to nest in hollow trees, crawlspaces, under houses, attics, garages and under porches. Their presence on your property can cause costly damages, while fostering an unclean atmosphere for you and your family. For example, opossums can damage the vapor barrier in your crawlspace causing a myriad of issues resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.
What do opossums eat?
- These animals are known for eating just about anything, with their most common diet staple being dead and decaying animals. They are also known for eating fruits, insects, frogs and birds to name a few. Their flexible diet makes them important animals for our ecosystem however their presence can cause trouble for you and your family.
Are opossums dangerous?
- These animals are typically not aggressive, however if they feel threatened they will hiss, growl and flash their teeth or they will faint and “play dead” for a few minutes up to several hours. One issue with opossums nesting on your property is the fact that they can multiply, and enter your home looking for food if given the chance. Other problems include making a mess on your property with their droppings, feeding in your garden and fighting with your animals. Opossums also commonly carry infectious diseases and are also infested with lice, ticks and mites.
Should I worry about an opossum infestation?
- Please call us right away to help you with your opossum infestation problem. Our highly trained professionals can help you eradicate your pest problem in a humane and timely fashion. We highly discourage you from attempting to solve this problem on your own. They are wild animals, and their removal is best left to professionals who are ready and capable of handling this complicated task.
Humane trapping and removal of opossums
- At Pioneer Pest Management we welcome any questions, comments or concerns you may have about opossums. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priority. We proudly offer all of our pest control services at an extremely competitive price, and we look forward to serving you.