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Opossums are the only marsupials that live in North America. As a marsupial, opossums develop their young in an exterior pouch like kangaroos instead of inside their womb. Although opossums have a scary look, they are docile creatures that are active at night. But don’t be deceived by their tractability. They are rather industrious with great survivor instincts. As omnivores, they are scavengers, devouring a wide variety of food – including insects, worms, snails, vegetables, fruits, garbage, and pet food – with gusto. Because of the copious supply of diverse food in urban neighborhoods, opossums have adapted to forage in human settlements.

Despite their ecological benefits in terms of pest and rodent control, they are classified as a pest species due to the nuisance they cause for humans. In this article, we’ll discuss these problems and how to get rid of them.

Problems Caused by Opossums

Some of the common problems caused by opossums include:

  1. Opossum living in the attic: Female opossums like to build their nest in attics because of the
    warmth and security it provides her joeys (babies).
  2. Opossum living under the house or deck.
  3. Opossum playing dead on your property.
  4. Opossum stealing pet food or birdseed.
  5.  Potential infection from unhealthy opossums.

Our Opossum Removal Process

There are three basic steps in opossum removal. They are inspection, treatment and decontamination, and prevention.


Opossums are known to make hissing and screeching noises. They will also scratch while looking for food. Overturned trash cans, foul smells, scratches on garbage cans, nesting materials in your attic or basement can be indicative of an opossum infestation. However, there is no way to conclusively tell until a full inspection is carried out. A full inspection involves the following steps.

1)A full survey of your property:

This involves looking out for telling signs of an opossum infestation – tampered trash cans, scratches, and droppings. A hand glove must be worn when touching their remnants to avoid the risk of infection.

2)A full survey of your property:

Opossums don’t build nesting areas themselves. Instead, they occupy hollow spaces abandoned by other animals. Therefore, look at large holes and crevices near your house. Also, if you hear noises in your house, you should check your attic and basement.

3)Bait the opossum:

By taking advantage of their insatiable appetite, you can strategically place food to lure opossums to where you can see them.

4)Develop a treatment plan:

A successful removal operation requires adequate knowledge of opossum behavior. Also, opossum capture and relocation are subject to state laws. Therefore, it is advisable to involve a licensed opossum removal service to ensure a legal and successful operation.

Treatment and Decontamination

Trapping is the most effective way to remove opossums. However, success can only be guaranteed if done right. Some of the factors to consider when trapping includes:

  1. Using the right trap
  2. Selecting the appropriate area
  3. Using the right bait. Do not use meat-based baits because they can attract other animals like stray cats. Instead, use bait like fruits or dog food.
  4. Check the trap daily to ensure that the opossum is relocated on time once it is captured.

After successful exclusion, areas infected with their remnants – feces, urine, hairs and so on – must be decontaminated. This is to prevent it from attracting cockroaches and other insects. Also, this will prevent molds – that potentially cause diseases like Salmonella or Leptospirosis – from growing.


Once opossums have been excluded, the following steps should be taken to prevent their re-entry.

1)Eliminate all entry points:

This involves sealing off all potential entry points for opossums into your home. Ensure there are no holes in the roof or a nearby tree branch bridging to your attic that can
serve as an entry point.

2)Remove attractants:

This involves eliminating the source of food or shelter in your property. Properly seal and dispose of trash. Ensure that pet food is not left outside. Clear all hiding spots from
your property.


Although repellents are not very effective, using them with other precautions will help exclude opossums from your property. Motion-activated light and sprinklers will startle opossums when they creep into your yard and will discourage them from moving closer. Also, sonic repellents emitting high-frequency noises can cause discomfort to opossums, sending them away. Note that sonic repellents should not be used if you have pets because it can cause discomfort for them too.


Although fencing can be expensive, if done right, it is a great way to prevent opossums from entering your property.