Have you seen an animal that looks like a cat-sized rodent in your yard? It’s a huge shock at first. Don’t worry; it’s not a giant rat. It’s probably just an opossum. You probably don’t want them by your house, though. Since they’re hard to get rid of by yourself, leave opossum removal to the professionals. Fox Pest Control wants you to feel comfortable on your property.
You might already know for sure that you have an opossums problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of opossums problem in Rhode Island.
Opossums can screech, hiss, and even yowl. They also make plenty of noise when they make their nests, including scratching sounds, scurrying, and rustling.
If an opossum has made a home in your attic or crawl space, its accumulated urine and droppings are sure to create extremely unpleasant odors.
Because opossums are nocturnal, almost as agile as cats, and not very aggressive, opossum sightings aren’t very common. But if you see one climbing or trundling around your property, chances are good that you might have an infestation.
Opossums are fairly easy to identify. Look for these traits to pinpoint a possum:
Think you have a opossum problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free opossum control quote.
Schedule prompt service with one of our certified Pest Pro technicians.
Your Pest Pro will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized opossum treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain opossum free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the Opossums don’t come back. If you see any opossum activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Opossums live throughout the United States, Mexico, and South America. They especially like to hang around in trees, sometimes upside down on their prehensile tail. Typically, they don’t mind exactly where they live, but they do enjoy living near wet, swampy areas where plenty of insects and small prey might live.
These animals are very docile. They usually spend most of their time waddling around and looking for insects to eat. They would much rather play dead than attack.
Not usually, no. Opossums have an unusually low body temperature that makes it difficult or impossible for rabies to stay alive.
Live on the North American continent
Look something like giant rats
Have white or gray fur and a long, bald tail
Live mainly in Australia
Are closely related to kangaroos
Look a little like a lemur
Yes, opossums are the only marsupial indigenous to the American continent.
Yes. When opossums are caught by surprise or threatened, they involuntarily go into a catatonic state. They fall on one side with their mouth open and almost stop breathing or functioning at all.
Opossums go into a near-dead state when startled. This catatonic stupor can last for a few minutes or up to three hours, depending on the amount of shock it received.
“Marsupial,” refers to the way an animal gives birth to young. Female marsupials have a pouch on their abdomen where the babies stay after birth. Inside the pouch, a baby marsupial has access to milk and is safe from predators. “Marsupium,” literally means “pouch” in Latin.
As omnivores, opossums can eat lots of different things.
Other small prey
Opossums also will eat out of the garbage
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