Opossum Removal

Opossum Removal

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If I leave the opossum alone will it just go away?

Not before it does significant damage. Once an opossum lives in your attic it will usually stay. Opossums leave their feces and urine in the insulation and soffit areas. If that opossum ever leaves other opossums will be attracted to that smell and will make your attic their new home.

An opossum had babies in my attic. Will the opossum babies leave when they get big enough?

Since opossums are marsupials they carry their young in a pouch where they are weaned for about two to four months. When the young of opossum are big enough to explore on their own they will use their birth home for another 1 to 2 months before finding a new home. Some of the female young will stay until they reach sexual maturity.

Why is opossum removal important if they are in my attic?

Opossums will do significant damage in your attic and can be very expensive if they are not removed. They will destroy your air conditioning duct work, rip apart electrical wiring, and ruin the dry wall. Opossums leave their feces and urine all over the insulation which produces a strong and sometimes unbearable smell. Opossum removal is essential to prevent costly damage in the attic.

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I have opossums living in my attic. There is a very strong smell coming from my wall. What is it?

When animals like opossums live in the attic they will sometimes die. Opossums have up to 15 surviving young at a time. If one of those young falls into a wall and cannot get out it will die. If the opossum died in the wall it needs to be removed to get rid of the smell.

An opossum died in my attic. If I leave it there will the smell go away?

Depending on the season, it could take a very long time for the smell of any dead animal to go away. In the summer, a dead animal can smell very strong for a few weeks and then start to get better. In the winter, the smell might not be as bad but could last for months. In either case, it is important to get the dead animal removed professionally. The smell can be dangerous for someone with respiratory problems and any ecto-parasites that were living on the animal need to be exterminated. Reliable Animal Removal Inc. will remove the dead animal, exterminate the ecto-parasites and deodorize to reduce the smell.


Is opossum removal necessary?

Although opossums show a resistance to rabies they are host to intestinal parasites and fleas. If the opossum lives in your home’s attic or crawlspace it will do significant damage. Dogs and cats are subjected to the fleas of opossums and can be bitten if attacked. Opossum removal is necessary and should be left up to the professionals at Reliable Animal Removal Inc.

Is trapping the opossum the only way to do opossum removal?

Trapping opossums is the most effective way to remove opossums. There are other methods that are used for opossum removal, but they are not as effective and sometimes inhumane. Some companies will use poison and not only is it illegal, but the animal will probably die in a wall and produce a terrible smell. Then a dead animal removal will be necessary. Other techniques such as sounds and smells rarely work. If they happen to work then that animal is still around and has a chance to come back. The opossum needs to be trapped and relocated far enough away that it will not come back.

Are opossums dangerous?

Yes. Opossums are one of the largest carriers of the cat flea which can carry multiple diseases. If an opossum is threatened it will bite. Opossum trapping should be left up to the professionals at Reliable Animal Removal Inc.

I found a baby opossum in my attic. What should I do?

First call Reliable Animal Removal Inc. to perform an inspection of the attic to make sure the mother opossum is not still up there. If the mother opossum is up in the attic then we well trap for that opossum. If the opossum is still of weaning age then we will take the baby opossum to an animal rehabilitation center where it will be raised.

Once the opossum is removed how do you keep more from coming back?

Once all of the opossum trappings are completed then Reliable Animal Removal Inc. will do a full exclusion on your home. Any holes or gaps in the construction the opossum was getting in your home or could possibly get into your home will be closed off. Reliable Animal Removal Inc. uses the best materials and any full home exclusion for opossums comes with a one-year guarantee.

I saw opossum walking around during the day. Does that mean it has rabies?

Not necessarily. Opossums have a resistance to the rabies virus most likely due to their low body temperature. Although mostly nocturnal, opossums sometimes utilize daylight to target a specific food source that is only out during the day.

How many babies will a mother opossum have?

Opossums have a large amount of young, but only 15 can attach to a mother’s teat. Usually between 10 and 15 young will survive.

I hear noises in my attic. Could it be a opossum?

Yes. Opossums are commonly found in attics. An attic is an ideal shelter for an opossum. The noises in the attic could also be from rats, mice, raccoons, gray squirrels, flying squirrels, large lizards, birds, or bats.

I saw an opossum go underneath my house. Should I have the opossum removed?

Yes. Opossums can climb up walls into the attic creating significant damage. If a opossum enters your house you should always have the opossum trapped and removed.

What kind of bait can I use to attract opossums?

Opossums are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of foods. Each individual opossum can have its own preference. A certain bait that works for one opossum might not work for another. The professionals at Reliable Animal Removal Inc. are familiar with different baits and techniques to adapt to different situations.

I live in a mobile home. Something made a big hole in my air conditioning duct work. Was it a opossum?

Its is very possible. Opossums, raccoons, rats and squirrels are notorious for digging holes in a/c duct work. Let a professional at Reliable Animal Removal Inc. perform an inspection and determine what animal did the damage.

How long will it take to trap an opossum?

Each opossum trapping session is unique. Reliable Animal Removal Inc. usually traps opossums for two weeks, but may have the problem solved in the first night. There are multiple factors that take place in opossum removal to determine how long it will take to trap the opossums.

If I trap the opossum myself will you take it away for me?

Yes. Call Reliable Animal Removal Inc. for different options in removing the opossum.

Are opossums really marsupials?

Yes. Opossums are the only North American marsupial.

Is opossum or possum the correct spelling?

Opossums is the correct spelling.


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