The opossum can be found throughout the state of Georgia, as it is great at scavenging and is highly adaptable to urban environments as well as rural areas. The opossum is generally a nuisance animal due to its ability to spread harmful diseases to homeowners, their families, and their pets. Continue reading to learn more about the opossum and how you can get rid of them.
What problems do opossums cause?
The main problems that opossums cause involve the health risks associated with being near an opossum. While they generally would not attack someone, they could become emboldened if they felt like they were in danger. Leptospirosis, tuberculosis, rabies, and many other nasty infections are commonly carried by opossums, creating serious health risks for humans. The worst part about these diseases is that they can be transmitted in a variety of ways. Direct bites are rare, however, they are the most direct way to contract diseases. Coming into contact with feces or saliva is another way to contract diseases. Small children and small pets can be seriously roughed up by opossums, meaning that any opossums need to be removed as soon as possible.
How do I prevent opossums?
If you are trying to prevent opossums from coming near your property, you will have to put in some effort to make sure there are no easy food sources. Be sure that any pet food is tightly secured and out of reach of nuisance wildlife. Make sure your trash can is sealed tightly or strapped down so that opossums do not have access. Finally, be sure to clean up any fallen fruit from bushes or trees, as opossums love easy fruit meals. Another great step you can take is to clean up any brush, tall weeds, or debris around your property, as opossums love to be able to easily hide.
How can I trap opossums?
If you feel inclined to trap a possum on your own, a cage trap is your best bet. Removing opossums on your own is risky, as the health risks are very serious with opossums. Another complication that can come from trying to remove opossums on your own is if a mother opossum had babies inside of your home. If you only remove the mother, the babies will die slow deaths and smell awful. Between the health risks and the potential baby opossum scenario, it is generally recommended to hire a professional wildlife removal service to get rid of your problem.
Why hire Elite Wildlife Solutions?
Elite Wildlife Solutions is proud to be one of the best options for removing opossums in our service area of Alpharetta, Canton, and Cartersville, Georgia. Since opossums are dangerous, allow us to use our experience to get rid of them. We treat any opossums we remove with the highest ethical standards. Consider hiring Elite Wildlife Solutions, as we not only remove animals and exclude wildlife, but we also offer other services, such as pressure washing, small handyman repairs, rodent control, crawlspace cleanouts, small insulation jobs, gutter cleanout, insulation installation, and many other services. Should you have an opossum problem, call Elite Wildlife Solutions and allow us to help you out.