Identification

The opossum, or “possum”, is found in the west coast states, the Eastern and Central U.S. and throughout Georgia. It is a whitish gray mammal. Adult males weigh an average of 6 to 12lbs. and females 4 to 6lbs. They reach a maximum length of 3′ including their hairless, grasping tail. Opossums are the only marsupials found in North America. The Opossum’s diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grain, and trash, although the opossum’s food of choice seems to be dead animals.

How, When and Why They Become a Nuisance Pest

Opossums can become a nuisance for greater Atlanta residence any time of the year. They may raid improperly sealed trash cans and pet foods left outdoors. Opossums may seek shelter in attics, crawl spaces, tool sheds, decks and porches. Opossums living in and around homes produce unwanted waste and nocturnal noise. It is not uncommon for baby opossums to die in and around homes producing even more of a problem.

Damage They Cause

Most damage caused by opossums occur during the winter and early spring.  They will destroy soffits, tear off shingles, damage crawl space vents and take off mushroom vent caps just to gain access to your home. Once inside they will destroy insulation and wires to modify the house to their liking. Opossum droppings pose another threat altogether. Their droppings may contain a variety of diseases harmful to pets and humans.

Atlanta, Georgia Opossum Removal & Opossum Control

Trash can raiding opossums can be deterred by fastening lids with bungee cords or other straps. Pet food should be stored in metal containers and food bowls should be brought in nightly.

Opossums living in homes can be trapped or captured and relocated at least 15 miles from the property. There is not much of a concern of removing parents from babies because opossums are marsupials. Once opossums are removed and relocated all openings into the structure must be sealed and the area(s) deodorized to prevent future unwanted tenants.