Risk Factors for Opossum Problems
Opossums aren’t typically aggressive or a big threat to health and safety in the way that other wildlife species may be. But there are still many issues that can cause problems for humans and pets, including:
- Fleas, ticks, lice, and mites
Besides any diseases originating from fleas, ticks, and other parasites, most of the diseases opossums are able to spread are via their urine and feces.
Evidence of Opossums’ Presence
Opossums avoid people and are nocturnal, so people with an opossum problem don’t always see the animals themselves. However, they’re also rather clumsy and messy and leave plenty of evidence of their presence, such as:
- Strong, Unpleasant Smells
- Missing Pet Food
- Torn Shingles or Siding
- Hissing, Shrieking or Clicking Vocalizations Loud Scratching
One of the most famous types of evidence is their tendency to “play possum” if extremely frightened. This often occurs in pet owner’s yard, after their cat or dog tries to attack or play with an opossum. The wild animal makes itself seem very convincingly dead in appearance and smell when it fears for its life.
How We Humanely Remove Opossums
The good news about opossum removal is that unless you’re dealing with a mother who has babies, there are unlikely to be very many opossums to remove since they’re typically solitary animals.
We don’t kill, poison, or otherwise harm the opossums we remove from your property. Instead, we use humane opossum control methods to solve your opossum problem such as:
- Exclusion Devices – These devices allow the opossum to exit your building but not re-enter. This prevents the entry of new opossums without trapping inside any that are already there.
- Prevention – This consists of removing any possible food sources for the opossum, like bringing any pet food indoors and securing your trash cans, as well as repairing any damage they might have caused to keep them from re-entering your property another way.
Traps and other methods of manually removing opossums alone are not always effective. Using these humane methods avoid harming or stressing the animals, which is important for these eco-friendly animals.
Why Call Nextgen Pest Solutions?
Nextgen Pest Solutions is committed to hiring veterans and training them to provide outstanding opossum removal and other pest and wildlife control. We equip our technicians with the newest technologies, and provide them with frequent training to keep their skills sharp and provide excellent service and support.
For humane opossum removal in the Atlanta area, call us at 470-336-4315 or fill out our online form for a quote.