Tennessees only marsupial, a mammal having a pouch a pouch for carrying its young, is the Virginia opossum. Opossums have gray to white fur and are about the size of a a standard house cat. They have long hairless tails, small hairless ears, and pointed snout. Opossums have opposable thumbs, making them great climbers. Opossums are omnivorous and feed on a diverse diet including anything from trash to snakes. Generally male opossums are larger than females.
Problems and Damage
Lawns and Gardens provide meals for these opportunistic foragers. Opossums can create burrows under porches and decks, and if they find entry they can inhabit attics and crawlspaces. When an opossum makes its way into you home, their feces and urine quickly contaminate the area. Opossums are known to carry Leptospirosis, Tuberculosis, and Chagas disease. However, not all opossums carry diseases but any scratches or bites should be treated immediately by a medical professional.
Prevention and Exclusions
To keep opossums from invading your home, Complete Animal Removal can identify and seal up any potential entry points using heavy duty materials strong enough to withstand unwanted animals from regaining access into your home. Finally, home owners should also be vigilant by limiting potential food and water sources.
If you've found that an opossum has invaded your home or property, Complete Animal Removal offers professional removal assistance. Our Wildlife Specialist are trained on opossum behavior, enabling them to quickly and humanely trap and remove your unwanted opossum.