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Opossum Trapping, Removal and Exclusion in Georgia

 

Mother opossum and young trapped in Atlanta, Georgia

Mother opossum and young trapped and relocated as a family in Atlanta

The opossum (or simply "possum," as opossums are often called) is one of the odder-looking animals native to the South, and can be found throughout our service areas, as well as throughout most of the country.

Opossums have long, rat-like prehensile tails, five-toed feet with opposable thumbs whose prints look almost like miniature human footprints, dog-like jaws with sharp teeth, and big, round, hairless ears.

No wonder that some have described the opossum as looking like it was created from "God's spare parts!"

The opossum is also one of the more misunderstood animals found in America. Because of their long, rat-like tails, many people believe the possum to be rodents. But they're not.

So please don't refer to opossum as rodents. They get highly insulted.

 

Opossums are Marsupials

The opossum is actually North America's only native marsupial. Marsupials are animals who raise their infant young in a marsupium, or pouch, on the mother's body. The 'possum is actually a cousin to the kangaroo and the koala, and is completely unrelated to the rats, despite their rat-like tails.

In fact, not only are opossum not rodents, they'll actually eat rodents, so they do help to keep rat and mouse populations down. Their other preferred foods include insects, snails, carrion, berries, over-ripe fruits, and grasses; but when push comes to shove, an opossum will eat pretty much anything.

Finally, although 'possums have a reputation for being "dumb as dirt," they're actually pretty bright as four-legged critters go. This can make opossum control pretty challenging at times.

Opossum on a roof watching as a Decatur, Georgia animal control crew sealed it out of a house

Opossum Control in Decatur, GA. The possum was watching us and grumbling under its breath as we sealed it out of the house it had been occupying.

Opossum are usually harmless. They are passive by nature and rarely attack humans or domestic animals. They have a fairly low risk of rabies. They don't generally dig up yards or otherwise destroy property, and what little damage they do to crops is generally trivial and is outweighed by their usefulness in keeping the rodent population down.

So for the most part, opossums who wander through your yard looking for a mouse or rat to eat can probably be left alone. Aside from being funny looking as all get-out, they do more good than harm.

But there are a few situations in which professional possum trapping or control is necessary.

 

When is Opossum Control Necessary?

Possums are usually harmless. Aside from being funny-looking, they usually don't bother anyone. But when an opossum takes up residence in your basement, attic, garage, shed, barn, or other building and doesn't leave on its own within a few days, then opossum control needed. 'Possum trapping should be followed by repairs and exclusion to keep opossums out in the future.

Another case in which 'possum control is necessary is around horse ranches, stables, and corrals. Opossums are capable of transmitting a parasite known as Sarcocystis neurona, which causes a serious equine disease called Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). Proper exclusion of opossums (and other animals) from areas where horses are kept, as well as the elimination of wild animal attractants, are important parts of protecting valuable horses from EPM and helping to prevent other arboviral and parasitic equine diseases.

Rid-A-Critter is the region's largest and most well-established animal control company. We have animal control specialists living and working throughout North Georgia (including Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Columbus, Peachtree City, Roswell, and Sandy Springs), as well as in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

Here are some pictures of opossum, opossum trapping, and opossum removal we've done in Georgia. You can also click here for a video of Jeff with a baby possum he caught.

With offices throughout our service area, Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any animal control job, so please call us today.

 

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