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Opossum Trapping, Removal and Exclusion in North 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 Georgia. Opossums can be found throughout our North Georgia service areas and most of North America.

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 wildlife species 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.

Opossums 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.

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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We have a technician working at a house in Dunwoody, Georgia temporarily sealing a hole in the brick wall to keep opossums out of the crawl space. A bricklayer will do a permanent repair once we're sure that all the animals have been removed.
by Webmaster
Oct 13, 2020 10:48:12 am.

We have a technician building a new crawl space door to replace an old, warped one that was letting mice into the crawl space of a house in Temple, Georgia. We'll also seal any other gaps we find to make the house mouse-proof.
by Webmaster
Oct 08, 2020 10:22:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Young Opossum Removed from a House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2020 10:39:45 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Video of Jason A Releasing an Opossum Removed from a House in Griffin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 05:51:46 am.

Video of Serious Rat Damage at a Warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 10:54:35 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

A rat-control crew from our North Georgia office is on its was to seal Norway rats out of a brick house in Dalton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:34:55 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

A team of bat-removal technicians is sealing the soffit of a house in Morgantown, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2020 10:47:04 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

We're busy removing bats from the attic of a house house in Canton, Georgia and sealing the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Mar 27, 2020 10:59:23 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Tiny Opossum Tracks in the Dust in an Attic in Suwanee, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 18, 2019 10:43:24 am.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
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Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

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Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

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Rid-A-Critter provides opossum trapping and control in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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