Opossums are interesting critters. When they’re not in attack mode, they may even look quite adorable except for the fact that they look like a huge rat, more like the size of a cat. So for many humans, the mere sight of an opossum can already cause quite a scare. Some would think that opossum removal is easy because these animals would play possum or play dead as self-defense. Just when you thought it was okay to pick them up, they might just attack and bite you.
They can be dangerous to people and domestic animals. They are attracted to homes and buildings where they can get into garbage cans, gardens with cultivated fruits and vegetables, and where other wildlife prey can be found. In many cases, opossums will rip through screens or enter into homes or buildings through exposed duct vents and other openings. They can be aggressive and have razor sharp teeth and claws.
While they can be trapped using bait, it is illegal to re-release them back into the wild without a permit. Plus, it just puts you at risk of getting bitten or scratched and possibly exposed to a disease. The best way to get rid of them is to call professionals who can help you out with opossum removal services.
Why Opossums Like Places Where Humans Reside
To make a long story short, opossums like going into homes and buildings mainly because of the food they can easily source from the garbage, pet dish, or even your kitchen. They’re nocturnal animals so this means they’re active mostly during night time. It’s not uncommon for you to hear scurrying in the kitchen or even in your attic at night and think it might be a big rat only to find out in the morning that an opossum was around.
Opossums don’t build their own dens like other animals in the wild. Instead, they look for abandoned places like old cars, buildings or even burrows where they can settle down. They eat pretty much everything from plants to insects to dead animals and your garbage. So if you’re leaving your garbage out in the open or if your dog has some leftovers, expect an opossum to indulge in those.
The Dangers of an Opossum
Some people think that it’s okay to handle an opossum on their own because these animals aren’t rabies carriers. This means that an opossum bite can’t get you rabies the same way you would from other animals like raccoons and bats. However, opossums carry a whole lot more diseases including spotted fever, leptospirosis, tuberculosis, coccidiosis, and more, which are very serious illnesses that could even lead to death.
The next time you decide to catch an opossum on your own, think about these dangers first. While they might play possum on you and make you believe it’s okay to touch them, they might just get aggressive and you’ll end up with a bite.
Professionals in Opossum Removal
Contact Animal Wildlife Trappers immediately if you find an opossum in your home or if you feel one is lurking outdoors and can pose a threat to your family or property. Our team services areas around Orlando, Windermere, Ocoee, Lake Mary, Clermont, Apopka and other surrounding cities. We are experts in animal removals and have handled countless opossums in the past years. You can be rest assured that we will catch, trap and get rid of these opossums the most humane way possible while ensuring your safety at the same time. Call us at 352-267-0546 for a free estimate.