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Opossums

Opossums

Opossums are very common in Waco, and if you’ve had one in your house, garage on your property, you know they can be a nuisance. Critter Control® of Waco has opossum removal and opossum trapping experts who can relieve your home of this pest.

Opossums Control Waco

Waco opossumOpossums, sometimes called possums depending on the region, are the only marsupials in North America. They are probably best known for their “playing dead” trick that wards off predators. Alive or dead though, opossums can be significant household pests. They are omnivorous and will take advantage of any food source you leave in the open. This includes garbage, pet food, and leftovers that you do not seal in a container. If opossums have been getting into your food or contaminating your home in any way, Critter Control of Waco can help you prevent their return.

Identifying an Opossum

Opossums are large animals, anywhere from 6 to 12 pounds and about 16 inches (41 cm) long. Their tails, which can be 3 feet (90 cm) long, are one of their identifiable characteristics. Opossums have gray fur and white faces with pointed features. They sometimes hang by their tails from trees or eaves and have feet that strongly resemble human hands. Opossums are accomplished climbers and often enter homes through pet doors, even ones built high into a wall.

What Opossums Eat

Opossums can eat almost anything, as noted, but are attracted to garbage bins, gardens, compost piles, and pet food. Home and business owners should tightly seal their garbage cans and consider placing fences around gardens – ask a hardware specialist for help selecting building materials that deter opossums. Tightly seal pet food, and never leave bags of garbage or pet food in the open.

Can Opossums Damage Property?

Yes, opossums can and will damage your property, and may pose a threat to you and the people and animals around you. Never try to trap or remove an opossum yourself; you will get scratched or bitten.

Opossums carry a variety of diseases easily transmitted through their attacks. These include Chagas disease, tuberculosis, and tularemia. They can also spread fleas, mites, and lice to people and pets. If an opossum has gotten into your home or you notice evidence of opossums outside, contact Waco Critter Control for immediate removal.