Opossums are the only marsupials native to North America, where they thrive in wooded and suburban areas east of the Rocky Mountains. Mother opossums give birth to litters of tiny, undeveloped babies the size of honeybees, known as joeys, which crawl inside the mother's pouch and continue to grow. Once the joeys become too large for the pouch, they ride upon the mother's back while she scavenges for food.

The nocturnal marsupials eat almost anything, including garbage, roadkill, rotten fruit, grass, insects, birds, and snakes. They have a reputation for playing dead by curling onto their back, sticking their tongues out, squirting foul fluid from their anuses, and staring off into space when confronted by predators. Opossums also attempt to scare predators by baring their teeth and hissing, which many people mistake for a sign of rabies.

Getting Rid of OpossumsOpossum in trap.

Though they are not prone to aggression, opossums are still wild animals. As such, any attempts at removal should be done by a trained professional. Critter Control specialists are educated in opossum behavior and can effectively eradicate infestations. Untrained individuals simply do not have the knowledge, resources, and certifications to safely and properly handle the marsupials as professionals do.

Common Opossum Problems

To reduce the likelihood of opossums making their homes in residential yards, entrances to attics and garages should be sealed up, including the areas around:

  • Garage doors
  • Windows
  • Attic vents
  • Gaps in walls or siding

Trimming overhanging tree branches and overgrown shrubbery also helps keep opossums from reaching attics. Opossums have a short life span so can cause issues if they die inside of your home. Dead animals create a mess of odors, stains, and parasites.

Opossum Removal Services

After identifying the problem areas in and around your home, Critter Control will set up traps to capture and remove your opossum problem. Not only does Critter Control of Virginia Beach remove the problem opossum, but they repair damages and prevent future invasions! Critter Control of Virginia Beach is your full-service wildlife control company. Trust us to get rid of your opossum problem using long-term solutions and safe techniques!

We can help you get rid of opossum problems. Call today.

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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 for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.
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