Opossum Control Services
Opossums are the lone marsupial found in North America. They live in woodlands, urban settings and open fields. They are best known for "playing dead," a defense mechanism Opossums use to appear less “tempting” to predators. Opossums are omnivorous and nocturnal. They eat small rodents, garbage, insects, fruits, berries, and even pet food. If you are experiencing Opossum problems, call Critter Control of San Jose for opossum control. 408.915.2172
Frequent Opossum Problems
- Opossums are infested with ticks, fleas, lice and mites. Possums can spread these small creatures onto your household pets.
- Opossums are common carriers of diseases such as tularemia, tuberculosis, and Chagas disease
- Opossums become aggressive when cornered and may bite, scratch, and hiss in order to escape.
- Opossums will sometimes raid poultry yards or gardens to feed on vegetables, strawberries and apples.
- Horse Owners should be wary of Opossums. Opossums can transmit diseases to horses through fecal and urine matter. This disease is known as, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). This disease can cause serious complications in a horse’s central nervous system. This particular type of transmission is unlikely but is still something to be wary of.
- For lack of a better term, Opossums can turn your attic into a toilet. Opossums are known for excreting a lot of waste
- Opossums need a lot of materials to create their nests. They will find a lot of these materials in your attic and will tear up your attic trying to find them.
- Opossums use their sharp teeth and claws to destroy air ducts and everything near them
- Opossums are also known to damage insulators and electrical wiring. When these wires are cut through, an increase risk for fire can occur
Keeping Opossums Away
- Eliminate food sources like cat-food or petfood that Opossums can feed on
- Put fencing around places where Opossums can hide. Some of these places are sheds and decks
- Make sure your yard is well lit at night