The Virginia opossum is the sole marsupial found in Tennessee. This mammal possesses a pouch for carrying its young. Opossums typically exhibit fur coloration ranging from gray to white, and they are approximately the size of 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
Diligent hunters like opossums find food in lawns and gardens. They have the ability to dig burrows beneath porches and decks, and if they gain access, they may take up residence in attics and crawl spaces. When opossums enter homes, their feces and urine can swiftly contaminate the surroundings such as Leptospirosis, Tuberculosis, and Chagas disease, not all opossums carry these illnesses. Nevertheless, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention for any bites or scratches from opossums.
Prevention and Exclusions
To prevent opossums from infiltrating your home, Complete Animal Removal offers services to detect and seal off any possible entry points using durable materials that can effectively deter unwanted animals. By taking proactive measures, homeowners can ensure that opossums and other pests are unable to regain access to their homes. Additionally, it is advisable for homeowners to remain vigilant by minimizing potential food and water sources that may attract opossums.
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.