The opossum is the only native marsupial in North America and makes up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere with over 100 different species. Opossums have greyish-white fur with a hairless tail. Opossums are solitary, nocturnal creatures that are known for “playing dead” when threatened. They are very strong climbers and swimmers. Opossums are scavengers and will basically eat about anything from berries, mice, ticks, and garbage.

Are Opossums a Concern?

Opossums do not really post any threats. They are considered ‘Nature’s Garbage Trucks” because they will eat basically anything like ticks. They can be a beneficial animal to have in your yard but can be a problem if they find their way into your home or garage.

Here at Advanced Wildlife Control, we believe in humane animal removal. Therefore, we will use live traps to humanely trap and relocate opossums. Getting rid of opossums is not as easy as you may think and should only be handled by professionals. We also recommend not provoking them because they do have a painful and nasty bite. 

Our goal here at Advanced Wildlife Control is to make sure your animal control problems are taken care of as quickly as possible. Therefore, we can be out at your property on the same day when you call or the next day. We do not require any contracts for our customers. 

DID YOU KNOW? – Opossums are mostly immune to rabies, and in fact, they are 8 times less likely to carry rabies compared to other animals.

Breeding season for an opossum occurs in February. A female opossum can give birth to as many as 20 young who are only born after 13 days of breeding. They start out as tiny as honeybees and immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch where they continue to develop. 

After 2 months, the young will go in and out of the pouch sometimes riding on the female’s back as she hunts for food. Opossums usually have 2 litters per year that become independent after 4 months. 

Opossums live basically anywhere there is food, water, and shelter. They are common in Wisconsin, particularly in the central and southern parts of the state. They can be found in just about anywhere like under decks, in garages, barns, woodpiles, hollow trees, etc. 

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