An opossum is a marsupial that is found all over the United States and is considered a nuisance wildlife species. The opossum is also known as a possum and many people will refer to it as such. This critter has a pouch that their mother will use to carry her young just like any other marsupial. She can have up to 13 young and will care for them all. They resemble a giant rat with their long bare tail. They sometimes use this tail as another limb to hang from on occasions. Opossums are known to play dead or when they are startled or scared which has led to the saying “playing possum”. They have about 50 razor-sharp teeth and have a loud growl that is scary to hear. They tend to live in the attic of a home or under the deck or patio. If they have made a nest or home in your house you will want to have them removed as soon as possible. They can be dangerous to you and your family. While there have been no documented cases of rabies, opossums can spread diseases like leptospirosis and salmonella.
A-Tex Pest Management Lists Why Opossums Are Dangerous & How to Get Rid of Them.
Do Opossums Carry Diseases?
Just like most wildlife opossums are on the hunt for food, water and shelter. They will come out at night in search of food and are not too shy to head into a residential home to find it. They tend to be on the shy side and will flee when they hear a noise or see someone coming. The problem is when they are in a home or attic and you go to get rid of them and they start to feel cornered. They are known to go on the defense when they feel stuck with no way out. Although most opossums tend to shy away they could attack you if they feel threatened. Opossums can also carry diseases such as leptospirosis and salmonella that can be easily spread through their urine and feces.
How to Get Rid of Opossums
Dealing with the removal of wildlife is not something to be taken lightly. A professional pest control company that offers wildlife management will be able to safely trap the opossum and get it out of your home without further incident.
If you think you are living with an opossum or an opossum family, call A-Tex Pest Management in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas today to make an appointment for wildlife removal and general pest control.