Like Nusance Wildlfie Trapper, opossums are a very opportunistic animal. They feed primarily on food left out by humans such as: pet food, trash cans, unsecured waste or another food that might be readily found. They can have litters at just about any time of year. Opossum litters usually consisting of up to 10 young in each litter. They remain within their mother’s pouch for the first month or two of life. For the next few months they ride on her back until she eventually pushes them off to find their own land. They are very a solitary animal from that point forward.
As a defense mechanism, opossums may bare their teeth and growl at anyone that gets too close. This is normally the most aggressive behavior that they will demonstrate. Opossums are best known for their defense mechanisms of “playing opossum”. Their body becomes stiff and they secrete a foul odor from anal glands which imitates the odor of a dead and decaying animal. This hopefully warding off any potential threat to their security.
Opossums main living space usually consists of any restricted space with easy access. They rarely create their own entrance point if it takes much work. They will use holes created by other animals, open base vents, holes in damaged soffits or alternative spaces open in or around your residence. In doing this, they could lead to damage to your attic or crawl space by ruining insolation and defecating everywhere. They’re also carriers of the American dog and cat fleas as well as many other parasites which can be transmitted to pets and people. Many times, a critters infested with fleas could be a sign that you may have a visitor staying in or around your home.
Opossum removal is similar to that of several other animals that invade our homes and property. This can be best achieved through live trapping, movement of this animal and closing from all other entry points. Limiting all food resources will even help keep these animals from attempting to enter your home. Including feeding pets inside and securing your trash cans, since they might provide a simple meal for a hungry opossum.
A wildlife relocation specialist may be able to assist you in relocating your unwanted visitor.