At Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC, opossum removal tends to be one of our more frequent requests. As a very opportunistic feeder, opossums are commonly seen on porches, eating outdoor pet food, in and near trash cans, on roofs at gutter lines, and even in crawl spaces. The docility of this species makes it one of the easiest to remedy any conflicts that may exist. In many cases, simply removing your pet’s food at night or taking down bird feeders can alleviate your opossum conflict. This nocturnal species is the common culprit of knocked-over trash cans and the cause of sounds from your deck.
If you have an opossum conflict on your property and would like advice on how to remedy the situation, or if you would like to schedule a time for us to remove them from your property, please call us at 844-WILDPRO if you live in the areas of Staunton, Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Lexington, Covington, Roanoke, Salem, Smith Mountain Lake, Charlottesville, Ruckersville, Lovingston, or Richmond.
Opossums are the least likely of all the species we deal with to be carriers of rabies, but they do carry a few zoonotic diseases that can be fatal to horses. In addition to the health risks posed to horses, opossums are also a latrine species, meaning they will repeatedly defecate in the same area. The most common damage we encounter with opossums is when they create latrines on decks, in crawl spaces, or in attics.
Opossums can typically be discouraged from wandering the outside of your home by removing the food and water sources locations that are drawing them to your property. Many calls are resolved just by removing bird feeders or pet food for one to two weeks. If opossums are living under your deck, in your attic, or in your crawl space, Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC can quickly and efficiently remove them using professional-grade live traps with specially formulated baits. Once we have removed the problem animal from within your structure, we can provide you with a custom plan and pricing for preventing future issues.
- The average adult opossum is 5-14 pounds, but some have been known to be much larger
- Opossums have naked tails and a wiring grey/white coat of hair with a white face, very similar in appearance to a rat but larger.
- Opossums reproduce multiple times a year with a very short gestation period of 12-15 days, once born the young move to the mother’s pouch where they remain until they can move on their own.
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