Possum may seem harmless, but they can be very dangerous when cornered, particularly by a child or pet. Opossums are opportunistic, common, and great survivors. They will scavenge what they can, and often eat human garbage, pet food, etc. Possums are great climbers, and they will live in any shelter they can find, including the attics of homes, or underneath elevated houses, sheds, porches, etc. They may look threatening, but they are usually fairly docile. It is common to find the little ones in the summer, after they have dropped off of mama’s back.
Opossums are nocturnal, largely nomadic, and common on urban areas. They are highly adaptable, and can live almost anywhere and eat almost anything. Thus they often use human shelter and food sources. They are gentle animals, for the most part, but can defend themselves if necessary – if they don’t “play possum”, that is. Female opossums can have two litters per year, and often seek out attics or under buildings to have a safe place while the young, clinging to mama possums’s back, grow.
One of the important concerns that many people will have if they come into contact with a wild animal is whether or not they could catch a disease, and how the disease can be transmitted. There are plenty of different precautions you should take if you have to deal with a problem animal, and by knowing about the different diseases you can prepare appropriately to deal with the problem. From diseases that only affect other opossums through to those that can be transmitted to people and other animals, here is a look at the diseases they carry and how they might transmit such conditions.
How Can An Opossum Transmit Disease?
Opossums may appear to be cute animals, but behind that charming exterior lies a wild animal, and it can transmit disease through the usual methods of scratching and biting the victim. It is also worth noting an opossum’s habit of playing dead if it is startled by a bright light, and when it is approached, it may quickly attack before looking for somewhere it can escape. It is also worth noting that the animal’s feces can transmit several conditions, so if you are dealing with an opossum or an area around the home where the opossum has been present, it is important to take it seriously and to take the right precautions.
Opossum problems in Southern Ontario
- Nesting under porches, decks and sheds
- Tearing out pipe insulation
- Getting into the garbage and will eat anything
- Harassing pets
- Causing numerous diseases that affect people and pets (especially hurting horses)
- Carrying fleas and parasites, leading to even more diseases
Why you need Wildlife Control Services
- Opossum may “play dead” but are unafraid of people and can be very aggressive
- There are no effective opossum repellents – moth balls, predator urine, ultrasonic emitters, and ammonia-soaked rags are ineffective from our experience
If you would like advice on choosing the correct solution for your Opossum problem, please call us at City Wildlife Control 905-963-0069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org