Opossums are very common in Orlando, and if you’ve had one in your attic, garage, office, or apartment complex, you know they can be a nuisance. Excluding opossums and keeping them out, however, doesn’t have to be a challenge when you work with the right wildlife management partner. At Critter Control® of Orlando, our team of opossum removal and opossum trapping experts know the facts about opossums — and the best ways to handle your opossum problem.
Learn how Critter Control of Orlando can help with any of the following opossum issues:
The Opossum Threat
As our city continues to expand, we become closer to wild animals including opossums, which has led to them becoming more comfortable around us. While this may sound like a good thing, it’s the natural fear of humans that has kept opossums out of our homes for decades. As these little guys become braver, they’ve started rifling through garbage cans and even stealing food from pet dishes left outside.
Though opossums typically don’t enter the living spaces of your home, they do feel quite content inside attics and crawlspaces. Most commonly, however, opossums like to burrow underneath things and can create unsightly holes around your property, and can even put the structure of your home at risk.
4 Important Facts About Opossums
Getting to know opossums is what helps our animal technicians get to know the best way to remove and relocate them. Below are some fun, interesting, and essential facts that help us better understand opossums, their behavior, and their environment:
1. Opossums are fairly quiet
However, they sometimes communicate with clicking sounds, hiss when threatened, or screech when frightened.
2. Opossums are passive
These critters would much rather avoid confrontation than attack, but they may turn to scratching or biting if they feel threatened.
3. Opossums are scavengers
Instead of hunting for live prey, opossums search for easy meals ranging from fallen fruits and vegetables to decomposing insects and birds.
4. Opossums are nocturnal
They typically forage at night and rest during the day, but you might spot an opossum during sunup if it has young to feed.
Need Help with Opossums in Orlando?
Don’t try to tackle an opossum problem anywhere in your home or business. Let the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando eliminate your infestation today. We’ll work with your budget to create an effective wildlife plan — we even offer a 10% off animal control coupon for your initial service or call us at 407-295-7194.
While opossums play a vital role in eliminating rodents, snakes, insects, and carrion in urban environments, their opportunistic behaviors create many problems for homeowners. The available food sources and shelter your home provides keeps these nuisance pests hanging around, giving them the opportunity to rummage through your garbage cans, steal your pet’s food, and create a mess inside of your attic. If proper opossum control methods are not quickly implemented, you are putting yourself at risk to deal with larger damages, repair costs, and health concerns. Therefore, if you’re facing opossum issues on your property, it’s important you call the professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando as soon as possible.
Issues Opossums Can Cause in Your Home
Because opossums are scavengers, they will go to great lengths to get their next meal. This means climbing into your outside trash cans, often getting themselves stuck because the inside is too slippery to climb back up. And, those that are successful in tipping over your garbage cans make a mess by spreading your trash all over your driveway.
Opossums often destroy your yard and landscaping by consuming garden vegetables and tree fruits and feeding on the food scraps in your compost piles. They also love the easy access to the pet food you leave in dishes outside.
Should an opossum enter your home, they can climb into insulation beneath your floor or travel inside of your ductwork. They seek shelter within attics to protect themselves from outside predators and elements, especially when preparing to give birth. Once they’re inside your attic, they will use your insulation to build a nest, chew on the wood and drywall, gnaw on electrical wiring, and leave a substantial amount of waste behind.
In addition to carrying different parasites such as fleas and ticks, opossums are known to be dirty creatures, frequently emitting a very strong, unpleasant odor
Get Expert Help with Your Opossum Issue
When you’re faced with opossum problems, rely on the experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. Our technicians will safely and humanely remove the nuisance wildlife, clean up any messes, and repair damages created by the opossums. To receive a free estimate, or to learn more about our animal control services, give us a call at 407-295-7194.
Opossums have timid, cute quirks that are easy to appreciate from afar, but these critters can cause significant trouble when they get too close. Just like rats, squirrels, and raccoons, opossums can take up residence in attic crawl spaces or tight corners of your garage. They bring with them awful odors, strange noises, and destruction of your belongings — not to mention damage to the structure of your building.
We strongly discourage homeowners or business owners in Orlando from approaching or trying to trap opossums. They can be dangerous if cornered and may bite or scratch, spreading bacteria, infection, and disease. Instead of attempting to handle an opossum on your own, let our professional opossum trappers do the work for you. We can capture the animal and humanely remove it from your property using eco-friendly alternatives and careful pest practices.
In addition to removing opossums, we’ll relocate the critters to a suitable location and repair opossum damage inside and outside of your building. Specifically, we can restore walls, attic insulation, attic wood, and roofing damaged by opossums. Once our team of animal experts has solved the opossum problem, we will seal entry points outside your home or business so they cannot access it again. We will also clean up the animal’s nesting area — removing feces, urine, and other harmful substances.
Opossums – also known as possums – are becoming increasingly common in and around residences in Orlando. While typically harmless, opossums are known to carry a variety of infectious diseases and may bite or scratch if they feel threatened. Don’t be fooled if they ‘play possum’ and stand completely still; opossums can be very dangerous. If you find one on your property, it’s best to call the experts here at Critter Control® of Orlando.
Your Total Solution for Opossum Removal
If you’ve spotted opossums in or around your home or business, the opossum removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando 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 407-295-7194.
Opossums are considered a nuisance because of the damage they cause to gardens and the mess they make of garbage cans, pet food dishes, and compost piles. They are also a host for fleas and ticks. While these marsupials like to live in the dens of hollow trees and the vacated burrows of animals, they commonly find shelter under your deck, shed, or house, and in your attic.
If you discover opossums living on your property or inside your home, call the wildlife experts of Critter Control® right away. We use the safest, most-effective trapping methods to ensure your opossum problems are taken care of quickly and correctly.
To determine the severity of the infestation, our technician will begin with a free home inspection to see how the animals are entering, what damage they’ve caused, and if babies are present. From there, we humanely trap and remove the opossums and seal all holes and entry points to prevent future invasions.
5 Opossum Prevention Measures You Can Take Right Now
There are some preventative measures you can take to help keep opossums from coming onto your property:
- Keep your yard clean of debris and fallen fruit or vegetables
- Conduct regular exterior inspections to make sure there are no holes or areas which would encourage opossums to enter
- Avoid leaving pet food out, which will not only attract opossums but other animals like raccoons
- Secure outside garbage cans or leave them in the garage
- Install a fence (should be at least a foot underground)
When it comes to wildlife, prevention is always the best thing. But, if you already have nuisance animals taking over your yard or property, you’ll want to call the experienced technicians of Critter Control®.
Opossums who invade areas of your home such as in your attic, create considerable damage by chewing through wood and drywall, tearing up insulation, and gnawing on electrical wiring. It is also common for the animal to die inside your home, causing an unbearable odor and generating a biohazard that’s dangerous to you and your family.
If you’ve seen signs of opossum activity near or inside your home, call the opossum trapping experts at Critter Control of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.
Critter Control® of Orlando’s services homes and businesses throughout Central Florida. We remove opossums in Sanford, Kissimmee, Orlando, Oviedo, Windermere, Bay Hill, Winter Park, and Clermont. And, we locally service Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, and Lake Counties.