Have you found an opossum hanging around your home? These odd looking little fellows mean no harm, but few people appreciate having them around. With their rather scary mouthful of teeth and rat-like tail, they can give any homeowner a start when unexpectedly show up on your property!
Opossums are peace-loving little creatures who are generally found outside, but will sometimes invite themselves right into your home if they find your door open. Many homeowners have walked into their living room in the morning to find an opossum relaxing in the corner. That’s quite a way to start your day! But never fear, we can safely remove and relocate your uninvited little guest.
The main reason an opossum has visited your property is in search of food. Opossums are omnivores which means they eat plants and animals. These little scavengers will eat rats, mice, snakes, lizards, frogs, eggs, grubs, insects and many fruits and vegetables. And like all wild animals, opossums love a free meal and will not hesitate to tip over your garbage can if they smell some delicious leftovers inside.
Keeping your trash tightly secured and your lawn trimmed will go a long way toward ridding your home of these food sources. The neater your lawn, the fewer live food sources to attract opossums and other wildlife.
Baby opossums are simply adorable, especially when they are little enough to hang by their tails! Because opossums are marsupials, they carry their babies in a pouch much like a kangaroo. As the babies grow, mother opossums will have as many as ten babies riding on her back as she teaches them to forage. A juvenile opossum is a “teenager” who is too old to ride on Mama’s back, and is almost old enough to go out into nature to live its best opossum life.
Did you know that opossums kill and eat venomous snakes? That’s right! Opossums will eat any kind of snake and snake eggs, including cottonmouths, copperheads, rattlesnakes and coral snakes. If you live near a water source and have a snake infestation, a couple of opossums will go a long way to ridding your property of snakes.
Opossums have a certain anti-venom in their blood that makes them resistant to bites from venomous snakes. Its estimated that opossums can survive up to 80 bites from a rattlesnake! Since these snakes make a good dinner for a hungry opossum, few reptiles will get to strike 80 times!
We also perform wildlife trapping in Germantown TN for rats, mice, 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!