Because of their ability to easily adapt to their surroundings, along with their excellent immune system, opossums are known to be successful scavengers. Although there are over one hundred opossum species in the world, the Virginia opossum is the one most commonly found in the United States.
While opossums prefer living in woodlands near water sources such as streams or swamps, they often wander onto residential property in search of food, water, and shelter. Since opossums don’t build dens of their own, they often make homes in abandoned animal burrows, brush and wood piles, hollow tree logs, and man-made structures such as attics, sheds, and beneath porches.
Opossums are nocturnal and are active mainly after dark, so it can be hard to detect whether or not one has been on your property unless you actually see it yourself.
Identifying Opossum Damage
Some signs of damage you can look for include:
- Rummaged through trashcans, flowerpots, and bird feeders
- Stolen compost
- Raided chicken coops or poultry houses
- Droppings found inside attics, sheds, or poultry houses
- Ripped ductwork or insulation
- Visible paw tracks
Trapping and Removal
If an opossum finds its way onto your property or inside your home or business, the best way to remove it is by using a live opossum trap. Critter Control® of Dallas has the knowledge and experience to properly trap any wildlife critters that are invading your space. In addition to humanely trapping and removing the opossum, we can relocate the animal to a location that specifically meets guidelines set in place by Texas laws.
If any damage was caused by the opossum, Critter Control ® of Dallas can repair and restore the affected areas. Opossums who get inside of structures such as attics often destroy walls, insulation, wood, and roofing and leave harmful messes such as fleas, urine, and feces.
Don’t try and handle wildlife problems on your own! Let the experts at Critter Control® of Dallas eliminate your opossum infestation today. Call us at 817-222-1101 or fill out a form online to schedule your home inspection.