Eads TN is a beautiful rural area east of Memphis with lovely homes on scenic estates, wooded acres, ponds…and opossums. Lots and lots of opossums.
These unusual little animals are generally peace loving and rarely attack unless provoked. Because this is a nocturnal species, you will usually won’t see them out during the day. Opossums are omnivores, which means they will eat both plants and meat. Like all wildlife, they love an easy meal – especially when it comes in the form of yummy leftovers in your trash can! Opossums will also dig in your yard for grubs, worms and insects. They will also eat rats, mice, snakes, lizards, eggs and fruits and vegetables. These little guys are sometimes called nature’s garbage disposals!
Motherhood is never easy, especially for an opossum mother. Just look at these little ones hanging on for dear life! Baby opossums start life no larger than a peanut. They make their way way into their mother’s pouch, where they grow quickly until they run out of room. Then they climb onto their mother’s back and ride around learning opossum behavior.
Once they grow into juveniles, there is no longer enough room for them to ride. Plus they become rather heavy and will lose their grip. At this time, the juveniles will slip off their mother’s back one at a time and go their own way. Many people will find a smaller juvenile opossum and mistake it for a baby. Once the juvenile is too big to ride on its mother, it will continue its own journey to adulthood alone.
If you live near a water supply and have a snake infestation, one or two opossums will make all the difference.
Did you know that opossums can kill and eat venomous snakes? Opossums are born with an anti-venom in their blood that makes them resistant to snake bites. These little fellows will eat cottonmouths, copperheads, rattlesnakes and coral snakes. An opossum can withstand over 80 strikes from a rattlesnake! Since a rattler is considered a tasty treat to opossums, I doubt any rattlesnake would get that many strikes in before becoming dinner.
One of the most important questions our clients will have is whether or not opossums carry diseases. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Opossums not only carry ticks, fleas and other parasites, but they also carry a couple of very serious diseases which could be deadly.
Leptospirosis will create flu like symptoms for most people, and can even cause kidney damage, meningitis and death in a small number of cases. Salmonella is well known as a type of food poisoning, but can also be transmitted by opossums. Salmonella can be extremely dangerous, especially for children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. For these reasons, its best to have zero contact with these wild animals and just enjoy them from afar.
We also perform wildlife trapping in Eads TN for rats, mice, squirrels, moles, skunks, raccoons, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are happy to help!