Although it’s tempting to associate opossums with other small mammals and rodents, the truth is that these unique creatures are in a category of their own. Opossums have the distinction of being North America’s only marsupial (pouched mammal), and they are found all over Texas. Opossums will eat almost anything, including human food waste, and will nest in cozy homes or businesses that are accessible from the outside. To protect your home or business from opossums, first learn about these pests, their behaviors, steps for prevention, and contact Stellar Pest & Wildlife should an infestation occur.

What Are Opossum?

Opossums, which are often called possums, are grey-furred marsupials with a white face, long pink snout, and strong prehensile tail which they use to help them climb. Opossums can grow to the size of a large house cat. Opossums are omnivores and will eat almost anything they can find, including rats, cockroaches, and other pests- alive or dead. Despite their eating habits, they are remarkably resistant to rabies.

How Do I Identify Opossums?

Opossums can look very similar to a raccoon or cat from afar but can be positively identified by their long white face and tail. When threatened, opossums exhibit a unique physiological response. Opossums go into a faint and mimic the appearance of a dead or sick animal. Opossums secrete a smelly fluid from their glands, bare their teeth, and lie completely stiff and still. This is why it’s a good idea to always call a pest control expert for opossum removal- they may not be as dead as you think.

How Did I Get Opossum?

Opossums are considered opportunistic feeders, and can often be seen near homes and businesses, where they will try and get into garbage cans, bird feeders, or compost patches. To nest near food, opossums may find their way into a deserted attic, or under a porch, if they can get in. Fortunately, they are generally nocturnal and have no interest in being aggressive to human beings.

How Do I Prevent Opossum?

Opossum prevention is the key to meaningful opossum control. Once they’re in your home or business, you will need a professional wildlife control expert to remove them. Opossums tend to use trees near your home or business to enter through cracks in your attic or roof. To prevent opossums before they enter your home or business, seal up cracks or gaps in your exterior where they can get in. Place secure lids on your garbage and compost, so opossums cannot get inside.

How to Prepare for Our Visit

To prepare for a Stellar Pest and Wildlife’s bed bug treatment of your home or business, you should gather the following information:

* A list of any places that you have seen opossum on your property

* Any scurrying or noises at night within your home

* The location of any droppings

In order to prepare your home or business, you should:

* Make sure that all food that is not in a can or jar is stored in the refrigerator or heavy plastic container during service

* Repair any holes in walls, or doors that don’t seal properly

* Keep all pets in a single room of your home away from the area the opossum is residing

* Cover or remove all garbage or garbage cans

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