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How To Keep Pesky Opossums Off Your Rhode Island Property

Opossums, pronouns aw-possum, are occasional wildlife visitors in Rhode Island. Perhaps you've seen one—though it isn't likely. They are nocturnal animals that visit your yard while you're sleeping. But you may detect their activity when you wake up. There are a few destructive things these critters do that you'll likely notice. Join us today as we look at cool facts about these pesky pests and share some helpful tips to keep them away from your Rhode Island property. If you're currently dealing with an opossum infestation in your attic, garage, or storage shed, jump to our contact page for wildlife pest control in Rhode Island. Our experienced wildlife management professionals are happy to help you sort things out. We are your wildlife management experts. 

What Kind Of Foods Are Opossums Looking For?

When opossums explore your property at night, one thing they want to find most is food. They are omnivores that feed mostly on fruit, fish, birds, and insects. Do you have fruit trees? They'll definitely eat the fruit that falls to the ground. Do you have berry bushes? They'll pluck the berries off your bushes using their complex hands and their opposable thumbs. Do you have a garden? They're sure to find some veggies that will meet their needs. But they're not limited to natural food sources. Here are a few things they eat that you should guard.

  • While opossums aren't prone to knocking trash over or removing lids, they will readily eat from trash receptacles that raccoons knock over. They don't have an issue with food that is past its due date.
  • Opossums get into compost piles and compost bins to find food options. They are definitely not picky.
  • A pet dish with some dog or cat food is sure to get targeted by an opossum.
  • Do you have chickens? Opossums can present an issue as they have a penchant for eating poultry.

A yard with food options will attract the attention of opossums in Rhode Island. Removing food options and getting rid of smells that alert opossums to the potential for a meal, are the first steps in keeping them off your property. We'll get into more detail on this in a moment.     

The Dangers Opossums Can Bring To Your Yard

It is not good to have animals on your Rhode Island property, and opossums are no exception. There are several ways these critters can present a danger. There are also some surprising ways they don't present a threat.

Diseases: You might think that an opossum would make a good host for rabies, but they rarely contract the disease. Unfortunately, they're linked to other common wildlife diseases, such as tuberculosis, leptospirosis, and tularemia.

Bacteria: Many animals spread salmonella, E. coli, and other harmful bacteria. Opossums may do this if they commonly get into trash or compost to find meals. But, typically, opossums are fairly clean animals. They groom themselves quite a bit.

Parasites: All furry animals carry ticks and fleas, and these pests are known to spread diseases. Ticks are linked to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, meat allergy, ehrlichiosis, and many others. Fleas are linked to Murine typhus, babesiosis, plague, and more.

Damage: Opossums can damage plants and property. They also get into attics, garages, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings. When these get inside, they may construct messy nests and soil areas with their waste.

You may have noticed that we didn't put "bite hazard" on our list. The reason for this is quite interesting and deserves its own section.     

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Total Nuisance Wildlife Control In Rhode Island 

When opossums, or any wild animals, present a problem in your yard, remember that Big Blue Bug Solutions offer expert wildlife trapping and pest control services in Rhode Island. Our experienced and highly-trained technicians can inspect your property, evaluate your infestation, and develop a strategy of baiting, trapping, and humane removal. When it comes to nuisance wildlife removal, we're the ones to call. Animal control handles issues involving domesticated pets or wild animals that present an immediate danger, such as a bear, coyote, or bobcat. Contact us for nuisance opossums. We'll help you get those pests out and guide you in ways to keep them out. Reach out to us for service. We look forward to helping.

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