A Few Facts About an Opossum
‘Opossum’ not ‘Possum’
Opossums are North America’s only marsupial. When their young are very small, they are carried in the mother’s pouch. Once they are too large for the pouch, they hang onto their mothers’ backs. They are often confused with Australia’s tree-climbing marsupial, the possum.
Opossums are most commonly known for faking their death. It is actually an involuntary response similar to humans’ “fight or flight” response. Because they are slow movers, their bodies become limp and unresponsive when a threat is present. Additionally, they even secrete a foul-smelling odor to mislead their predators.
The Good and Bad About Opossums
Opossums will mostly eat anything. This includes ticks, cockroaches, and rats. Even though those meals are beneficial, it also means they raid your trash cans, pet food, and yard. Finding your garbage scattered all over your driveway or lawn is not the most pleasant way to start your day!
They are also excellent climbers. This means they will find a way into your attic, and turn it into their bathroom. This can be a lengthy and expensive cleaning process. Opossums also like to live under your deck, shed, or crawlspace.
While they aren’t known for carrying rabies, they carry a variety of parasites. If you own horses, they can potentially spread EPM which is fatal.
If you believe an opossum is under your deck, shed, or living in your attic, please call us or use our contact form. We’re your licensed wildlife control technicians for opossum removal and other animals. We are currently serving all of Central PA: Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, and surrounding counties.