Opossum Removal / Control
Though they are not prone to aggression, opossums are still wild animals. As such, any attempts at removal should be done by a trained professional. Summit Animal Controls specialists are educated in opossum behavior and can effectively eradicate infestations. Untrained individuals simply do not have the knowledge, resources, and certifications to safely and properly handle the marsupials as professionals do.
Do Opossums Harm People or Property?
Even though opossums have an unappealing, rat-like appearance, they do not attack humans. The marsupials prefer to play dead when confronted so as to throw predators off guard and escape. Opossums are a danger to humans and domesticated pets insofar as they can carry diseases such as tuberculosis, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, and Chagas disease, as well as fleas, mites, and lice.
The greatest opossum damage occurs in gardens, where the marsupials help themselves to fruits and vegetables. They will also eat unsecured pet food left outside overnight and rummage through garbage cans or compost heaps to find bits and scraps to eat. Opossums have also been known to enter chicken coops and destroy birds, nests, and eggs.