Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services. Play Audio Pause Audio Description Opossums are the only marsupials found in North America. They are best known for 'playing dead' as a defense mechanism to appear less appealing to predators. These nocturnal and omnivorous animals will take advantage of any food source that they come across, including insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even unattended pet food. Appearance Opossums are quite large animals that are great climbers, thanks to their opposable thumb digits on their back feet. Up to 3 feet long, including the tail 6 pounds - 12 pounds in weight Gray fur White, pointed faces Long tails that assist in climbing Small hands with 5 fingers each Habitat Opossums are highly adaptable and can survive easily in urban environments. These animals prefer wooded areas near sources of water like streams, wetlands, swamps, and thickets. Opossum Problems Entry Opossums are very capable of finding their way into homes, though generally it is by accident. When entering homes, opossums may be looking for food or shelter. Common problems involve opossums residing under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles. Opossum Damage When opossums look for a food source they will target garbage cans, gardens, pet foods, and compost piles. As they forage through garbage cans and gardens they will create quite the mess and ruin many types of plants and other vegetation. Opossums are aggressive animals when approached and will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Pets and people both may be harmed in the presence of an opossum. These animals are carriers of many diseases and parasites. Handling an opossum will have you susceptible to: Tuberculosis Tularemia Chagas Disease Fleas Ticks Mites Lice Opossum Control Trapping & Removal Opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws. Critter Control of Springfield has the proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove pest opossums from homes and businesses. Control & Safety Habitat modification efforts can be employed to keep opossums out of yards and homes. Removing overgrown shrubs and grasses can limit hiding places, and removing access to pet food outdoors can limit food sources. Critter Control of Springfield can propose many methods and approaches to preventing opossums from entering your property and home. We can help you get rid of opossum problems. Critter Control of Greater Springfield Service Area Springfield, Battlefield, Nixa, Ozark, Branson, Joplin, Republic, Strafford, Rogersville, Sparta This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Millerbaugh Services, LLC, dba Critter Control of Greater Springfield.