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Due to their bodies having little fat, opossums don’t store food during the winter and instead forage for food year round. You can frequently see them wandering the streets and yards of homes and businesses in search of things to eat including fruits, nuts, insects, mice, frogs, snakes, and carrion. Opossums also eat the garbage, pet food, birdseed, and poultry they find around human habitats.

Opossums will den anywhere they can find a spot that’s dry, sheltered, and safe which is why they are commonly found living inside of attics and crawlspaces or underneath sheds and decks of both homes and businesses.

Although opossums are solitary creatures and usually travel alone, they can create significant damage inside human structures. Using their teeth and claws, they’ll tear shingles, siding, and insulation and the feces and urine they leave causes large stains and can make you sick if left for too long. Opossums also rip insulation and carry in items from the outside such as dried leaves, grass, and other soft materials to form a nest and make a comfortable place for mothers to birth their young.

If you’re concerned that you could have an opossum infestation in your home or workplace, look for these following signs:

  • Loud scratching noises – Opossums make ripping, scratching, and scuttling noises as they build their nest. The sounds are also not confined to one particular area, so you will most likely hear them whenever they are moving around.
  • Constant animal vocalizations – If you hear noises such as hissing, shrieking, clicking, or lip smacking, you could have multiple opossums living inside. Often, it’s a mother opossum communicating with her
  • Building exterior damage – Look for torn shingles or ripped soffits as well as damaged siding, eaves, and gutters.
  • Disappearing pet food – Opossums love an easy meal and will steal the pet food you leave outdoors. Whenever possible, feed your pets inside or bring the dishes in overnight when opossums are most active.
  • Unpleasant smells – Because of their size, opossums leave large droppings all over the area where they live. Their urine and feces stain wooden materials and soak into attic insulation, causing an unpleasant odor. It’s also possible for the opossum to get trapped and die in which you will want to hire a professional to remove the decomposing body and perform a thorough cleaning.

When it comes to opossum removal, don’t wait to address the situation. Instead, rely on the professional services of Critter Control® of Orlando. We will safely and humanely remove the nuisance pests and take the proper steps to ensure they don’t gain access back into your home or business. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, call us today at 407-295-7194.

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