Opossum Removal

This is what you need to know about Opossum removal in PA

Common problems:

  • Opossum stealing pet food or disturbing pets
  • Opossum in the attic
  • Opossum under shed/deck

Opossums, often confused as part of the rodent family but are in fact marsupials, which means they have a small pouch, which they use to carry their young.  They are the only marsupial to call North America home.   Often the size of a large house cat opossums are mostly nocturnal, solitary creatures.  They are typically 2.5 ft long and have coarse silver fur with a white face, black paws and ears.

Opossums will eat almost anything from mice and voles to insects, plants, vegetables, fruits and garbage.  In some cases their presence can be beneficial, keeping rodents and bugs away, however they can be problematic too.

Opossums may raid your garbage, attempt to steal pet food left outside and have a go at your vegetables as well.  Their excellent ability to climb means they can commonly be found in attic spaces, as well as under porches and decks.

Opossums and disease

Opossums do not generally carry rabies however they do carry many parasites which can infect other animals.  The large amount of droppings they leave behind poses risk of leptospirosis and salmonella in humans as well as coccidiosis in animals and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis ( a neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of horses).

How opossum removal works

There are no known effective repellents or poisons to deal with opossums, the best advice is to hire a professional opossum removal expert to locate, trap and remove the animal.


Serving Central PA

Backyard Wildlife Solutions serve a wide area in central Pennsylvania, including: Lancaster, York, Berks, Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, and Adams Counties.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions is a registered member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.  Undergoing regular training BWS uses humane, approved traps and techniques when removing bats from residential and commercial properties.