Opossums are somewhat less commonly seen than rodents like rats or squirrels, but these furry critters can be just as intrusive and cause just as many problems. They often find their way into garages, attics, and crawlspaces in search of food and shelter, and once inside they can cause some potentially serious problems. Opossums are well-known for their tendency to ‘play dead’ when approached, but their non-aggressive demeanor doesn’t mean you should approach them under any circumstances.
Are Opossums Dangerous?
Opossums don’t naturally gravitate towards residences and business, but due to an ever-shrinking natural habitat and the easy access to food and water that a residence offers, they have become all too common. Their increasing reliance on manmade structures and artificial food sources has led to a decrease in the natural fear of humans that opossums once had. Through this increasing confidence to come close to humans, they have become more inclined to enter our homes, rifle through garbage, and potentially cause damage in the process.
Even though they’ve become more comfortable around humans, opossums still avoid direct contact with us whenever possible, which is why they are so commonly found in areas not frequently visited by humans like crawlspaces or attics. Once they are on your property, they will begin to build a nest to raise their young and can spread dangerous infectious diseases like tuberculosis to you or your loved ones.
Let Us Help
Nobody should have to deal with the stress of having wild animals like opossums on their property, so if you’ve noticed them in or around your home, call the experts at Critter Control of Tampa right away. Our decades of experience allows us to efficiently remove any nuisance critters while keeping you, your family, and your property safe from harm. Call us today at 813.948.0870 with any questions, or to schedule a home consultation.