Idaho Opossum Removal

Opossums are a common nuisance species because they are opportunistic, and will take advantage of human homes, sheds, decks, etc... in order to live and steal food. They are marsupials, and the young grow in a pouch in spring. We commonly find them in the attics of homes, and they are also a common dead animal extraction target. Opossums are nocturnal marsupials. The female possum has a pouch on her belly in which she carries her young.

It is also not uncommon to find an opossum digging through your trash can.

Attics, garages & sheds are just some of the places in which an opossum will make its home. Opossums will invade your property through broken vents, open holes underneath eaves & through open crawl space covers.

Once an opossum is inside, the opossum will make a big mess. An opossum's droppings will make your property unsanitary. And just like any other wild animal, opossums are hosts to a variety of parasites and diseases that can be transferred to you & your pet.

Nuisance opossums cause health concerns for your family and your pets. Most diseases are transferred only through direct contact, although the droppings within a structure can cause extremely harmful diseases (Histoplasmosis, Hanta-virus, Roundworm, Giardia lambliaetc.). Simply being near a opossum is not considered a risk. Pets should receive regular vaccinations from your veterinarian to reduce risk.

  • Although they're famous for "playing possum" or pretending to be dead, opossums can be quite fierce when cornered.
  • Opossums usually have 15-20 inches in length and weigh between 4-12 pounds.
  • Long tail helps them in climbing, but they can't hang from the branch using their tail only.
  • Opossums have more teeth than other mammals (50).
  • They are omnivores (eat plants and animals). Insects are usually on their menu, but they also like reptiles, amphibians, eggs, fruit, and berries. They often dig trash cans to find some food. Since they eat carrion, dead animal on the road can be a perfect meal for them.
  • Opossums are nocturnal animals (they hunt at night). They have poor eyesight and sense of hearing, so they need to rely on their sense of smell during the hunt. Luckily, their sense of smell is excellent.
  • They have sharp claws that can be used against predators, but they have another more efficient technique that can help them survive dangerous situation: they pretend to be dead! Opossums can lay motionless from one minute to 6 hours.
  • Males produce specific sounds to attract females. After mating, it takes only 14 days for young opossums to be born. One litter usually consists of 20 babies. Only few babies survive.
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