Opossum, most commonly referred to as possum, are the largest order of marsupials in the western hemisphere. Opossum have more teeth than any other mammal and have long sharp canines. Females have a pouch used to carry their young after birth. Opossum are semi-arboreal, living much of their life in trees and shrubs high above the ground which leads to the likeliness of them entering your attic. They climb very well using an opposable digit on their back feet and a prehensile tail that allows them to cling to and hang from limbs and other objects with their tail.
Opossum are opportunistic omnivores that will consume almost any food item that they encounter. They are known to feed on carrion as well as feeding on insects, frogs, birds, snakes, small mammals, slugs, earthworms, and grubs. They also commonly feed on fruits and vegetables, pet food, and even human garbage.
Opossum frequently live in close association with humans which will often create human/wildlife conflicts. Encounters with opossum can result in disease transfer or injuries to humans or domestic pets. Opossum almost always carry large numbers of fleas with them at all times which can lead to flea infestations of your home or office. These fleas can also carry diseases with them if they have fed on an infected opossum. Flea bites on human or pets can then transfer diseases to you or your pet. Opossum are capable of carrying tularemia, distemper, mange, parvovirus, and many parasites including fleas, ticks, lice, mites, roundworms, tapeworms, and flatworms. Opossum are not as likely to carry rabies as other wildlife species like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes; however, it is possible for any mammal to contract and carry the rabies virus. Some tests have shown that approximately 1 in every 800 opossums tested positive for rabies. Any wildlife living in or around your home or business should be considered a threat to humans, pets, and your property. Wildernex can provide opossum trapping and removal, as well as, long term opossum control services for your home or business to protect you, your family, and your employees from the risk associated with opossum and the urine and feces they leave behind.