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Opossums can be found in abundance in San Antonio as well as most of North America. They have no qualms about abandoning their natural habitat for the city, so it’s no surprise that they’re a nuisance almost everywhere. Opossums are commonly found in attics, crawlspaces, garages, and sheds.

The real threat that accompanies opossums is the fleas, mites, and parasites that the opossum carries. Flea infestations are difficult to control because they spread quickly throughout the home and to pets. Not to mention that the presence of an opossum can cause severe allergic reactions in humans and pets.

When it comes to performing an opossum removal job, it’s essential to understand the opossums’ behavior and general tendencies. Bailey’s Critter Removal has a well-trained team of experts who have meticulously studied opossums and their habits to perform successful opossum removals.

Identification Of Opossums

Image of possum climbing treeThe Virginia opossum (commonly referred to as possum) is the only species of marsupial found in the United States. A marsupial, such as a kangaroo or a koala, is an animal with a pouch. One of Earth’s oldest surviving mammals, the opossum, has been around for at least 70 million years.

The opossum is roughly the same size as a large domestic cat. It has a long pointed nose and a triangular head. Except for its ears, feet, and tail, it has grayish fur all over. The animal’s prehensile tail is designed to grasp and wrap around objects such as tree limbs. For a short time, the opossum can hang from its tail.

The opossum’s hallux is opposable. Hallux are clawless big toes that function similarly to thumbs. When the Virginia opossum climbs, the hallux assists it in grasping branches. The possum does not hibernate in the winter, but it does seek shelter during cold weather to avoid frostbite on its hairless ears, tail, and toes.

Possum Behavior

Opossums are nocturnal creatures with surprising stamina and dexterity when it comes to navigating tall trees. They may be seen or heard scurrying about on roofs or decks at night, often living side by side with humans. They have four small limbs and specialized tails that they use in different ways. Prehensile refers to the ability of these rat-like tails to grasp items. Opossums can use their tails to help them stay upright, climb trees, and hold onto nesting materials when climbing thanks to this feature. When being borne around, young animals use their prehensile tails to stick to their mothers’ backs. Opossums do not, contrary to common opinion, hang upside down from trees by their tails like bats.

Diet Of Opossums

Anything is fair game for opossums until they are old enough to scavenge on their own, earning them a reputation as pests as they dig through unsecured garbage cans, steal outdoor pet food, and help themselves to unprotected eggs in the chicken coop. Opossums have been known to target chickens when food is scarce, but their diet generally reflects their lumbering, slow-moving lifestyle, eating what other animals have left behind, left unattended, or fallen to the ground.

Possum Life Cycle

Photo of opossum family in texas yardOpossums mate from the middle of the winter to the middle of the summer. A female opossum may have several litters of baby opossums in a single year. Female opossums usually give birth two weeks after mating.

In a single litter, up to 20 opossums may be born. On average, however, less than half of those who are born survive. Baby opossums are almost completely helpless when they are born. Newborn opossums are blind, hairless, and almost translucent, measuring about half an inch in length and weighing just 1/200th of an ounce, making them roughly the size of a honeybee.

Baby opossums crawl into their mother’s pouch as soon as they are born. They come across a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of 13 teats, which they grab onto right away. Those that don’t have a teat to hold onto can perish. The teat swells up after latching on and stays in place in the baby’s mouth for around two months. The babies’ eyes begin to open at this stage, and they begin to emerge from the pouch on occasion, possibly to be carried around on their mothers’ backs while hunting. Around the age of three months, they become fully self-sufficient.

The common opossum, also known as the Virginia opossum, has a one to two-year lifespan.

Evidence Of Opossums In Your Home

  • Unpleasant Odors: The smell is one of the most obvious signs of an opossum infestation. Opossums defecate more frequently than other mammals, and their droppings can be as large as those of a domestic cat. These wet droppings can soak into insulation and building materials, leaving an obnoxious odor behind. Wiring or other architectural elements can also trap opossums, causing them to perish. The pungent aroma of decay will alert you if you have a dead opossum in your attic.
  • Heavy Scratching Sounds: Opossums make a lot of ripping, fussing, and scratching noises when they’re nesting. These noises resemble those caused by rats or mice, but you’ll probably notice that they’re louder because a larger animal makes them. Furthermore, because opossums do not stick to the edges of the attic space, you may see scratching over a larger area with an opossum infestation than with any other rodent problem.
  • Hissing Or Shrieking: Opossums can make a variety of sounds, including hissing and shrieking. To call their babies, mother opossums make clicking (lip-smacking) sounds. If you hear these noises inside a structure, you may have an infestation or a single opossum trapped inside.
  • Damage To The Exterior Of Your Home: Because opossums typically enter a structure by climbing, you may notice damage to the exterior first. Opossum damage frequently manifests itself on your roof in the form of torn shingles and ripped soffit. Opossums can cause damage to your siding, eaves, and gutter system.

What Is Attracting Possums?

Possums are scavengers that eat almost anything. Trash cans, uncovered compost bins, and other outdoor containers attract them because of the availability of edible food. They prefer to live near water or in moist areas. Opossums are more likely to appear on your property if you live near a pond, drainage ditch, or sewer. On cold nights, they will seek shelter in sheds, crawlspaces, and attics.

Opossum Damage

Photograph of angry opossum attackTaking care of an opossum infestation is similar to taking care of a rodent infestation. If an opossum gets stuck in your attic, it may try to escape by chewing through the wall, air ducts, or insulation.

While foraging for food, opossums make a huge mess. If you have a garden, you should secure it with an opossum-proof fence; otherwise, it may become a breeding ground for opossums and other pests.

Opossums generate an incredible amount of waste. Their urine can stain the attic and ceiling, and their feces can make the entire house stink and attract parasites and bacteria. Because opossums are messy, they frequently bring their food inside and leave scraps to rot. Because opossums grow to be quite large and have a short lifespan, they often die indoors. An opossum carcass can be a huge mess, attracting flies, other wildlife, and bacterial growth.

Opossum Removal & Relocation

In the San Antonio, Texas area, Bailey’s Critter Removal takes a personalized, comprehensive approach to every opossum removal project. One of our Opossum Control Specialists will come to your home to inspect the entire property and determine what kind of animal is living there. Your Bailey’s Animal Removal specialist will take the following steps once the animal or animals have been identified.

Bailey’s opossum removal process begins with a live trapping and safe removal of the animals from your San Antonio, TX property. Our experts do not employ lethal trapping techniques. We handle the animals with care, ensuring that they are removed humanely.

The second step is to locate all of the opossum’s entry points and seal them with high-quality materials to prevent new animals from entering.

The Opossum Control Specialist’s final step is to make specific recommendations to the homeowner on completely removing all of the opossum-damaged insulation, nesting sites, waste, urine, feces, and debris. Although we do not recommend this procedure for all animal infestations, the health risks posed by the opossum’s fleas, mites, and parasites make it necessary to remove all contaminated insulation.

Possum Exclusion

Taking preventative measures can stop a wild animal infestation before it ever began. Our wildlife control experts will identify weak points and opossum attractants. They will then install steel wire covers on vents and repair weak points to prevent possums from entering the home. A few simpler options to prevent opossum activity include:

  • Pet food should not be left outside at night, and garbage containers should have tight-fitting covers.
  • Brush piles and other similar waste should be /cleaned removed.
  • Any entryways or opportunities under/near the house, such as verandas, patios, and structures, should be closed off.
  • Fruits and vegetables that have fallen from plants/trees should be cleaned.
  • Trees and bushes should be trimmed regularly.

Seek Assistance From A Specialist

If you have an opossum in your home or business, the best way to get rid of it is to contact a wildlife removal expert to live trap and relocate it. The environment surrounding your property can be altered to discourage opossum activity. Bailey’s Critter Removal in San Antonio, TX is here to help you with opossum removal that is both safe and successful. When it comes to filming wildlife, experience is crucial, and our experts have plenty of it! Call us right now at (210) 679-1487 to set up a schedule for your house. We’re here to assist you!

 

Contact us today to learn more about Possum Control in San Antonio, TX, and to begin your wild animal inspection. To get started, call us at (210) 679-1487.

 

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