Opossums are very common in our area of Southern California. When you discover some type of pest or wild animal on your property, including opossums, it might be tempting to try DIY removal methods to save yourself the expense of hiring a wildlife removal company. There are many reasons why you should leave animal control to the experts, and Wildlife Removal Services is San Diego’s go-to source for humane trapping, removal, and eviction services. If you are worried that an opossum family has made themselves at home on your property, we can help. Give us a call at 619-331-5663 to request a free quote, or request a quote online now!

Today, we will take a look at why professional opossum control is so important, and we will review three ways in which our opossum removal services can help you. Let’s get started!

Why Is Opossum Control Important?

Health Concerns

Many people don’t consider opossums to be that dangerous. Although opossums are generally not aggressive animals and they rarely attack humans, they are known for carrying quite a few diseases. Some of the diseases they are known for transmitting include:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Coccidiosis
  • Spotted fever
  • Tularemia

Opossums have around 50 sharp teeth in their mouth, and if an infected one attacks you, the risk of disease is high.

Property Damage

Aside from transmitting dangerous diseases, opossums are also known for causing significant amounts of property damage. They are incredibly good climbers, and they love making themselves at home in attic spaces. Opossums are also known for invading crawlspaces, gardens, and empty voids beneath porches, and they usually leave behind a large amount of fecal matter wherever they settle down. Many people are surprised to learn that the opossum’s waste is usually what causes the bulk of the damage to infestation sites.

Pet Safety

In addition to being a danger to people and causing damage to homes, opossums also pose a safety risk for dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and other pets. The pesky animals love to disrupt chicken coops and other areas reserved for pets while they are in search of food. Opossums are also host to a wide variety of parasites, including ticks, mites, fleas, and lice, all of which place other animals at risk of infestation. Some opossums carry a specific protozoan called Sarcocystis, which is known for causing neurological diseases in horses.

How Can Our Opossum Removal Services Help?

Now that we know why opossum control is important, let’s take a look at a few ways that Wildlife Removal Services can help you in the event of an opossum infestation.

Trapping and Removal

Knowing an opossum’s foraging and nesting habits is critical to trapping and evicting the animal from your property. Our team has more than 10 years of experience providing opossum removal services, and we know a thing or two about effective trap placement. While opossums are notoriously slow animals, you don’t want to waste any time when it comes to getting them off your property, and you can trust our wildlife removal technicians to do the job efficiently and humanely.

Exclusion and Prevention

Once the opossum has been removed from your attic, crawlspace, or shed, it is important to take steps to prevent them from coming back. Our technicians will survey your property and the infested area to determine what type of exclusion method will be the most effective. This means that we may need to install wire mesh or boards over access points to prevent the opossum from invading your home again. You can rest assured that our team will review the proposed work with you before it is started, and that we have all the necessary licenses and permits to perform restoration work.

Cleanup and Disinfecting Services

We mentioned before that the waste produced by opossums on your property poses a big health risk to you, your family, and your pets. As such, once the opossums have been trapped and removed, it is necessary to clean and disinfect the area they inhabited to ensure the safety of your property. Our team is skilled at providing top-notch post-infestation clean up services that include removing and replacing any damaged insulation. This is an important part of opossum removal services that is often overlooked, but it is one that is essential to protect you and your family from sickness and disease.

Request an Estimate for Opossum Control Today

Are you worried that you have an opossum family living in your attic, crawlspace, or in another spot on your San Diego property? If so, look no further than Wildlife Removal Services. With more than a decade of experience helping homeowners just like you, we have the skills and knowledge needed to provide you with effective, humane opossum removal services. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our animal control services and request your free quote!