With the title as North America’s only native marsupial and a size similar to that of a cat, opossums are interesting critters, but not one that you want on your property. Their mouth full of sharp teeth is perfect for tearing up yards, gardens, flower beds, and feasting on the contents of garbage cans. Though they seem harmless, special considerations need to be taken when removing opossums, which is why it’s best to leave the task to the experts at Critter Control® of Tampa.
You won’t often see opossums during the day as they are nocturnal. Instead, they often find a dry and safe area of your property like a crawlspace or garage to nest in. If you do stumble upon what you think is a dead opossum, do not try and move it. They will often play dead (also known as playing possum) as a defense mechanism against predators, and if you try to pick it up, it may attack.
This sort of behavior is a good reason to call a specialist at Critter Control® when you see opossums on your property.
Deterring Opossum Activity
You can help discourage opossum activity by:
- Keeping pets inside at night
- Using animal-proof trash cans
- Installing motion-activated sprinklers or lights near gardens
- Keeping your yard lit up at night
How We Can Help
If you’ve spotted opossums in or around your home or business, the opossum removal experts at Critter Control® of Tampa are here to help. Our trained technicians will track down and humanely remove any offending critters, taking measures to ensure that they do not return.
For any questions or to set up your free home estimate, give us a call today at 813.948.0870.