Opossum Removal

            Opossums are scary-looking animals, however, they rarely attack people and when cornered they will growl to scare off the intruder or play dead to escape the situation. These animals may not be aggressive, but they are still considered nuisance wildlife due to the amount of damage they cause when they invade your property. 

            Opossums are scavengers, and they can dig their way through anything. You will rarely see an opossum during the day, they are nocturnal animals and will come out to hunt for food and scavenge at night, and sleep through the day. Opossums will eat anything from vegetables, fruits, garbage, insects, worms, grains, etc. 

            They are notorious for raiding garbage cans in search of discarded food. In the wild, opossums will make their homes in forests and scrublands, however, these mammals have adapted well to living around humans in cities, and you can find them living in garages, attics, chimneys, crawl spaces, etc. 

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Why You Should Remove Opossums

            Opossums may not be aggressive and will likely not attack anyone around, but they still have to be excluded from your home and property. These mammals are capable of causing a significant amount of damage to your property in a very short time. First, they will continuously raid trash cans and litter the entire driveway with garbage. 

            And when they find their way into your attic or crawl spaces, these creatures will cause an even bigger mess. They will leave an incredible number of smelly droppings and this smell can quickly spread to other parts of the house. 

            Opossums don’t clean up after themselves, which results in a lot of waste products. If a female opossum gets into your home, she will most certainly build a nest for her babies, and in this case, eviction can be more difficult because an opossum mama will aggressively defend and protect her babies. 

            Also, the mess opossums make can quickly attract other animals and insect pests to create a much bigger problem. Having opossums share the same roof with humans should be discouraged, and as with other wildlife problems, opossum problems should be dealt with as soon as it’s discovered. Opossums will also attack if they are threatened. This can put younger children and pets at risk. This is why it’s best to remove opossums.

What Health Risks do Opossums Pose?

            Opossums also threaten your health. They are known to carry leptospirosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, rabies, and many other dangerous diseases. These diseases can be passed on to both your pets and your family. To protect your family, you should remove opossums as soon as you notice them and clean the infested area. 

            Frank’s Wildlife Removal is happy to remove the opossum for you and bring safety back to your home. Opossums may be docile and non-threatening, but they can attack when they feel threatened, therefore it’s very important to keep kids and pets away from these creatures. Or rather, keep these creatures away from your kids and pets at all costs to prevent an ugly incident. 

How We Remove Opossums

            At Frank’s Wildlife Removal, we handle all animals with great care. Our opossum removal process is humane and safe for both the animals and the people around. Our team of wildlife removal experts does not use toxic chemicals to pollute the environment in order to scare away an animal. Instead, we will trap and remove the opossum as opposed to killing it. 

            Once we remove the animal, we relocate it to a safe location that ensures its survival. We will then clean the affected areas. On many occasions, opossums have been found dead under decks, sheds, and even in crawl spaces. If this is the case, our technicians will also remove the dead animal and clean up the mess.

            Trapping and removing an opossum requires both skill and experience, and our team at Frank’s Wildlife Removal has both. We employ the following steps to trap and remove possums.

Step 1: Thorough property inspection

            We first take a look around the property to find both obvious and subtle signs of the presence of opossums. The goal at this stage is to determine the animal’s hideout and how established it is. We also find out how many opossums we are dealing with, and whether there are babies or not. 

Step 2: Baiting and trapping

            With the information gathered from the inspection, we will determine the best approach for eviction. Our method is generally to safely trap and remove the wildlife. And for opossums, we strategically set traps with appropriate food bait to lure them in. 

Step 3: Removal and cleanup

             With the opossum successfully contained in the trap, we quickly remove it from the property and relocate it to its natural habitat. Our technicians also take care of the mess the animal left behind. We clean up the affected areas and disinfect to kill any pathogens and prevent the spread of diseases. 

             If you live in Michigan and find yourself with an opossum problem, give Frank’s Wildlife Removal a call today at (810) 691-4967!

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What Attracts Opossums to My Property? 

            Opossums can be a huge nuisance to homeowners and neighborhoods in general. These animals will eat anything and everything they see, and they can cause damage to the outside of your home if they get comfortable on your property. Also visit to learn how to get rid of possum.

            Still, what exactly attracts an opossum to your property. We’ll answer this question in detail here. This way you can keep these pests away from your home.

What Makes Opossums Come to Your Property?  

Overflowing Trash Cans

            Opossums love eating trash, especially stinky trash. If you leave your trash out in the open and don’t tie it up properly, opossums and other animals will be attracted to your property. Even if you tie up your trash tightly, opossums can still smell the food inside your trash bags. 

            So, it is best to get a secure bin for your trash, and make sure to close it once you put your trash in. This way opossums won’t come to your property at all.

Leaving Food Out 

            It’s not just trash that signals opossums to your property.  These animals love garbage, but they will eat just about anything. If you leave food from a cookout or other leftovers in your yard or backyard expect an opossum or other animal to make a visit to your home. 

            Again, you need to make sure to secure all food sources and trash. Anything edible and out in the open is an invitation to opossums and other pests. In addition, don’t leave dog food or other pet food out. This will also attract opossums to your home. 

Unsecured Gardens and Plants

            If you are growing fruits and vegetables, this can be great for you and your family. Everyone loves freshly grown produce. However, you want to make sure that your garden is secured, this way animals won’t regularly visit your property. 

            As you already know, an opossum will eat anything it can get its paws on. If you are growing fruits and veggies without a fence or some kind of mesh covering, opossum and other animals can easily get into your backyard and snag what you are growing. 

            This is the perfect food source for them after all, and you are all but asking an opossum to come to your home. So, make an effort to lightly fence or protect your garden and plants. 

Ponds and Other Water Sources

            Finally, opossums also like to be around bodies of water and moisture. If your home has a pond, this could potentially attract opossum and other animals to your property. It’s not that you can’t have ponds on your property. But having this structure around could make an opossum much more likely to make a visit to your backyard.  

            Other nearby sources of water could also attract an opossum. This includes sewers and drainage ditches that are nearby. You can’t help if you live near one of these, but opossums will probably be wandering around your area. 

            This is why you want to prepare your home as much as possible, with fences, secured trash, and properly protected gardens. 

Contact Frank’s Wildlife Removal

            Opossums can be difficult to handle for the average homeowner. If you want to leave this job to professionals, call Frank’s Wildlife Removal services today. We operate seven days a week and are happy to help you with your pest issues. 

            We can be reached on our website if you fill out one of our contact forms. We are also available to take your calls at (810)-691-4967. Call now to get a free quote and find out how we can help you with your opossum problem. 


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