Date Posted: June 14, 2017
Some wild animals are really cute, especially when they are babies. But, as cute as they are, whether young or old, any wild animal can be extremely dangerous and can pose a potential threat to humans and their pets.
Opossums, on the other hand, are not very cute at all! They look very mean and are very dangerous. They will growl, hiss, and bare their sharp teeth if they feel threatened. They would rather be left alone and are relatively peaceful when they are; but, if cornered, they will become aggressive and may bite. They carry a whole host of diseases that they can transmit to others including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, and rabies.
These wildlife pests are actually part of the marsupial family, and they can fall into an involuntary shock-like state if startled, which coined the term “playing opossum”. Opossums are about the size of an average house cat. They are gray and black with a distinct pink nose, and when they are angry, they can show you their 50 very sharp teeth.
The good thing about opossums is that they do not move very fast and are often sluggish acting. You may find them rummaging through your trash, gardens, or compost piles. They will search for grubs and other insects and will tear up your lawn looking for food. Your property may be attractive to opossums if it provides the food, water, and shelter that they need.
If you experience an infestation of opossums, removing them on your own is not advisable. Wild animals are unpredictable when threatened or cornered which increases the likelihood that you will be bitten or scratched exposing you to the diseases that the pest is harboring. To reduce the risk of injury, you should contact a trained wildlife removal expert right away. You can, however, put in place some preventative measures to make your property less inviting to opossums like keeping your trash covered securely with tight fitting lids, putting up a fence around composts and gardens, blocking areas under decks and sheds, and keeping pet food securely stored indoors.
Big Blue Bug Solutions can help if you live in our service area of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine. Our wildlife control services can solve all of your nuisance wild animal problems utilizing live trapping, exclusions, catch-and-release, or simple habitat modification. Whatever you choose, our programs eradicate the wildlife, manage damage, and preserve natural resources. We will also help you to prevent future infestations of wildlife using wildlife-proof materials.
Give Big Blue Bug Solutions a call today or find more information here about our wildlife control options.