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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