Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services. Play Audio Pause Audio We Know Opossums Opossum Removal As opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, individuals should never try to trap the animal without professional assistance. Critter Control wildlife removal specialists have the proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove pest opossums from homes and businesses. Contacting trained professionals keeps families and pets safe, and disease-free. Opossum Damage As is the case with most wild animals, opossums become aggressive when they are cornered. They will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Because opossums eat fruit and can climb trees to get at it, they frequently contaminate apple harvests. Though opossums are not dangerous, their extremely poor hygiene and the variety of diseases they carry means that homeowners should not get too close to them. Keeping Opossums Out In order to keep opossums out of yards and homes, habitat modification efforts can be employed. Their search for food can lead them to wander inside unsecured homes or garages, where they become trapped. Dog and cat doors are common entry points for opossums, who will wander in through these doors but do not possess the intelligence to find the exit again. Remove overgrown shrubs and grasses to limit hiding places. Bring pet food in from the outdoors and secure trash can lids to limit food sources. Finally, building fences around gardens can restrict the pest's access to easy meals. Health Concerns from Snakes Although opossums are not usually aggressive, they pose several threats to humans. Opossums have extremely poor hygiene. In fact, they are one of the filthiest of all North American mammals and may carry diseases such as spotted fever, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They also carry a whole host of vermin in their fur, and a single opossum may be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Opossum Facts Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America, where they live in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields. They are perhaps best known for "playing dead," a defense mechanism used to appear less appealing to predators. Opossums are nocturnal and omnivorous, taking advantage of any food source they come across. Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even untended pet food. Opossums also have a top running speed of just 7 miles per hour. Get Rid of Opossums We can help you get rid of opossum problems. Call today: (248) 397-5110. Critter Control of SW Oakland County, MI Service Area Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, *Birmingham, *Bloomfield, *Bloomfield Hills, *Bloomfield Township, Commerce Township, Farmington, Farmington Hills, *Ferndale, Franklin, Huntington Woods, *Keego Harbor, *Lathrup Village, *Northville, Novi, *Oak Park, Orchard Lake, *Pleasant Ridge, *Pontiac, *Royal Oak, Southfield, Sylvan Lake, Union Lake, Walled Lake, *Waterford, West Bloomfield, *White Lake, *Wixom, Wolverine Lake *Our service area includes only part of this city. If you are West of Woodward, North of Eight Mile, South of M-59 (Highland Road) or East of Duck Lake and Wixom Roads then this is your Critter Control Office. This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Horizon Home Services, Inc., dba Critter Control of SW Oakland County SW Oakland County Critter Control is your professional wildlife control and removal company. We can handle any wildlife control problem.