Opossums are one of the most common wild animals in San Diego, Orange County, and Temecula. If you have ever stumbled across one, then you know just how intimidating they can be — hissing and showing their teeth is a common response when opossums feel scared. We have found that our customers often have many questions about these marsupials, and in today’s post, our San Diego opossum control experts will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to these critters. Check them out below and call our wildlife control company at 619-786-6440 to schedule opossum removal services today!

Opossum FAQs

What Do Opossums Look Like?

This is one of the most common questions because, naturally, you want to know how to identify one if you see it. Opossums have either white or grayish-white fur and they can grow to be around the size of a house cat. They have white fur on their face, and their nose is long and pointy. Their ears are bald and they have a long tail that looks similar to a rat’s tail.

Are They Dangerous?

It is easy to be concerned about your safety when opossums bare 50 sharp teeth and swipe their sharp claws at you. However, these wild animals are rarely aggressive. That being said, opossums are wild animals — they likely won’t be afraid to protect their young and they can always act in unpredictable ways. The bigger concern with opossums is the diseases they carry. These include:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Tularemia
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Spotted fever
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • and other diseases

Additionally, they are known to play host to ticks, lice, fleas, and other parasitic creatures that can be transmitted to people and other animals.

What Kind of Damage Do Opossums Cause?

Although they are not overly aggressive, opossums can cause extensive property damage. They often eat whatever they please and take shelter wherever they can find it. That means they aren’t afraid to enter homes, and when they do, they often bring food in and use the space as their personal restroom. This clearly creates unsanitary conditions, contaminating both food and water sources and leaving plenty of clean-up work necessary in their wake. Signs of opossum activity on your property include:

  • Missing compost
  • Damage to trash cans and bird feeders
  • Missing chicks and eggs
  • Damaged insulation and ductwork
  • Opossum tracks and droppings

Opossums have opposable thumbs on their back paws and they are incredibly resourceful creatures. This allows them to access areas of your property that you wouldn’t think they would be able to.

What Should I Do If I Discover One on My Property?

Opossums are nocturnal, but it is not that unusual to see them out and about during daytime hours, especially in colder weather. If you discover one in your yard or elsewhere on your property, the best thing to do is to leave it alone. Do not approach it or attempt to feed it. These animals are usually not aggressive and will likely go away on their own, however, they have been known to bite if a perceived threat exists.

If you see one that appears to be dead, do not attempt to move it. Opossums play dead when they feel threatened, and this is a natural defense mechanism. They often regain consciousness within an hour and will leave without incident when provided with a clear exit. When in doubt, contact wildlife control company like us to schedule an appointment for opossum control services.

Schedule Humane Opossum Control Today

If you have discovered a opossum on your property, don’t try to remove it on your own. Hiring a professional wildlife control company like Wildlife Removal Services will ensure your personal safety, and you can rest assured that you’ll receive humane trapping, eviction, and exclusion services. Our opossum control services are based on years of experience helping homeowners just like you, and we are confident that we can rid your property of these troublesome animals.

Ready to get started? Contact our wildlife removal experts to schedule your appointment today!