Possum
Possums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove possums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.

Chicago Possum Removal & Control

Possum Trapping and Removal

As possums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, individuals should never try to trap the animal without professional assistance.

Critter Control wildlife removal specialists have the proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove pest possums from homes and businesses. Contacting trained professionals keeps families and pets safe and disease-free.

Contact us for help getting rid of possum problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.

Description

Possums are the only marsupial found in North America, where they live in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields. They are perhaps best known for "playing dead," a defense mechanism used to appear less appealing to predators. Possums are nocturnal and omnivorous, taking advantage of any food source they come across. Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even untended pet food.

Appearance

Quite large, possums grow around 16 inches (41 cm) long and weigh anywhere from 6 pounds (3 kg) to 12 pounds (6 kg). Including their tails, possums can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) long. They are identifiable by their gray fur, white, pointed faces, and the long tails they use to help them climb. Opossum feet look like small hands with five fingers each. Their back feet contain opposable thumb digits that also help with climbing.

Habitat

Though they are found throughout the country, possums cannot survive in areas of extreme cold, like the Rocky Mountains. The marsupials prefer wooded areas near sources of water like streams, wetlands, swamps, and thickets. Highly adaptable, possums survive easily in urban environments.

Entry

Are possums known to enter homes or yards?
Possums can indeed find their way into homes, though it is usually by accident. The animal may enter through pet doors in search of food or shelter. More commonly, though, they will take up residence under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles. When searching for food, they target garbage cans, gardens, pet foods, and compost piles.

Damage

Do possums harm people or property?
As is the case with most wild animals, possums become aggressive when they are cornered. They will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Pets and people alike may be harmed in the presence of aggressive possums and are then susceptible to the diseases they carry, such as tuberculosis, tularemia, and Chagas disease. Additionally, the marsupials can be infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.

Control and Safety

In order to keep possums out of yards and homes, habitat modification efforts can be employed. Remove overgrown shrubs and grasses to limit hiding places. Bring pet food in from the outdoors and secure trash can lids to limit food sources. Finally, building fences around gardens can restrict the pest's access to easy meals.

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Critter Control is an environmentally sound and ecologically responsible animal control and wildlife management company. We are committed to providing the best animal removal services to home owners, property management companies, industrial and commercial clients, municipalities and Fortune 500 companies in the Chicagoland area. 

Our expert staff includes biologists, zoologists, certified wildlife specialists, animal control officers and anti-cruelty personnel. All of whom uphold our standard of excellence as the number one animal control service in Chicago. 

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