The only marsupial native to North America is the Virginia opossum. Like the raccoon, they’re a very opportunistic animal. They feed mainly on food left out by people for example: pet food, garbage cans, unsecured waste or any other food which may be easily found. They are able to have litters at almost any time of year. Opossum litters usually have around 10 young in each litter. They remain inside their mothers pouch for the first few months of life. For the upcoming few months, they spend it riding on her back until she eventually forces them off to find their own land. They are quite a solitary animal from this point forward.
As a defense mechanism, opossums may bare their teeth and growl at anyone that gets too close. This is normally the most aggressive behavior that they’ll demonstrate. Opossums are best known for their defense mechanism of “playing opossum”. Their body becomes stiff and they exude a foul smell from anal glands which imitates the odor of a dead and decaying creature. This hopefully wards off any potential threat to their security.
Opossums main living space is usually made up of any restricted space with easy access. They seldom make their own entrance point if it takes a lot of work. They’ll use holes made by other animals, open base vents, holes in damaged soffits or other spaces available in or around your residence. In doing so, they could cause damage to your attic or crawl space by ruining insulation and defecating everywhere. Leesburg Wildlife Control can take care of this for you before it becomes a big issue. They are also carriers of American Cat and Dog Fleas as well as several other parasites which can be transmitted to pets and humans. Many times, if your animal is infested with fleas could be a sign that you may have a visitor staying in or around your home.
Opossum elimination is similar to that of many other animals that invade our homes and land. This can be best accomplished through live trapping, movement of the creature and sealing all other entry points. Limiting all food sources out will even help keep these animals from trying to enter your home. This includes feeding pets inside and securing your trash cans, as they may provide a simple meal for a hungry opossum.
On your premises, a wildlife relocation specialist might be able to assist you in shifting your unwanted visitor.