WHAT ARE OPOSSUMS?

The opossum is the only native marsupial in North America and makes up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere. Opossums have greyish-white fur with a hairless tail. They are solitary, nocturnal mammals that will “play dead” when threatened. Opossums have up to 50 teeth, which can leave quite a painful bite. They are excellent climbers and swimmers. Opossums are about 2-3 feet long and typically weigh around 5-13 pounds.

Opossums are scavengers and will eat anything, including berries, ticks, beetles, mice, snails, and garbage.

Opossums live 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 living in hollow trees, woodpiles, under decks, sheds, barns, and garages. 

The breeding season for opossums occurs in February. The breeding season for opossums occurs in February. A female opossum will give birth to 20 tiny joeys (the size of a honeybee) only 13 days after breeding. They will immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch, where they continue to develop.

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

Paul Holding a Opossum

Don't Let Opossums Invade Your Home or Business!

Don't Let Opossums Invade Your Home & Business!

HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OPOSSUMS?

Opossums are common throughout Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Area. They are not typically considered a threat, even though their elongated and tooth-filled stout and rat-like tail may indicate otherwise. Opossums can be a beneficial animal to have in your yard. They are “Nature’s Garbage Truck” as they will eat anything, even ticks. However, possums can become a problem if they find their way into your home or garage.

HOW TO GET RID OF OPOSSUMS?

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    Opossum Removal & Trapping

    Advanced Wildlife Control specializes in humane animal control. Our wildlife specialists use a combination of live traps and baits to safely and effectively remove any opossums from your home. Once captured, we will relocate opossums 30+ miles away from your residence.

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    Prevention & Exclusion

    After opossum removal, our technicians can seal up any openings to prevent future animal entry. Exclusion and prevention are crucial steps for effective animal control. Securing trash cans, closing garage doors, and removing outside food sources will help avoid opossum problems.

Mother Opossum and Her Babies

Opossums are scavengers and will eat anything, including berries, ticks, beetles, mice, snails, and garbage.

Opossums live 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 living in hollow trees, woodpiles, under decks, sheds, barns, and garages. 

The breeding season for opossums occurs in February. The breeding season for opossums occurs in February. A female opossum will give birth to 20 tiny joeys (the size of a honeybee) only 13 days after breeding. They will immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch, where they continue to develop.

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

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