Facts about Opossums

Opossums, also called “possums”, are the only marsupials that are native to North America, and they are close relatives of the koala and kangaroo. The shape of their bodies, their light gray fur, and long naked tails make them look like rats, but they are much larger in size, with adults measuring 33 inches long.

Opossums are nocturnal creatures, and they are rarely seen during daytime. They feed on all types of food, ranging from insects and small animals to fruits and vegetables. They are harmless animals that seldom attack human beings, but when they are provoked, they may use their sharp teeth to defend themselves. Opossums are known for their peculiar habit of playing dead when they are threatened, and they have prehensile tails that can be used to grab things.

Opossums are not destructive animals; they do not dig soil or cause damage to buildings, but they can be a nuisance when they decide to reside in homes or other buildings. Although they are rarely infected with rabies, they do carry fleas and ticks that can cause health problems.

If you are experiencing problems with opossums in your home, you can contact NY, NYC, and NJ pest control experts.

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  1. We had a baby opossum coming down our curtains in our bedroom last night(about 6 inches long) and my wife trapped it into 2 plastic bowls and we took it to the woods about 2 to 3 miles away but there are bound to be more isn’t there? Whether it has anything to do with them or not we also had a bug problem days before until we sprayed good with poison and wonder if that has anything to do with the possums showing up all of a sudden. We saw on our porch an older one that could be the one I saw, but then my wife saw one she guesses is one born last summer and now the baby one. We hate to spray poison under our home to kill them because we don’t hate them but they have got to go. What can we do? We have lived here 8 years and not seen any until now and keep no trash around, only dry food for our cat inside which has never been bothered.

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