Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.

Identifying a Opossum

Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America, where they are known to live in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields. Opossums are nocturnal and omnivorous, taking advantage of any food source they come across. Their diet consists of insects, small rodents, amphibians, fruits, berries, garbage, and even untended pet food.

Appearance & Habitat

Quite large, opossums grow around 16 inches (41 cm) long and can weigh between 6 pounds (3 kg) to 12 pounds (6 kg). Including their tails, opossums can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) long. They are easily identifiable by their gray fur, white, pointed faces, and the long tails they use to help them climb. Opossum feet look like small hands with five fingers each. Their back feet contain opposable thumb digits that also help with climbing. Opossums are commonly mistaken as a larger relative of the rat.

Opossums prefer wooded areas near sources of water like streams, wetlands, and swamps. Highly adaptable, opossums survive easily in urban environments.

Opossum Problems


Opossums can find their way into homes, though it is usually by accident. In some cases they enter through pet doors in search of food or shelter. More commonly, though, they will nest under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles. When searching for food, they target garbage cans, gardens, pet foods, and compost piles.


Opossums become aggressive when they are cornered. They will bite, scratch, bare their teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Pets and people may be harmed in the presence of aggressive opossums and are susceptible to the various diseases they carry. Additionally, the marsupials can be infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.

Opossum Control

Control and Safety

In order to keep opossums out of yards and homes, there are a number of precautions and adjustments that can be made. Remove overgrown shrubs and grasses to limit hiding places. Bring pet food in from the outdoors and secure trash can lids. It is recommended to limit easy access to food sources from gardens, to trash and compost piles. Seal off areas under houses, barns, sheds, and porches.

Trapping and Removal

As opossums carry various diseases and have sharp teeth and claws, trapping the animal without professional assistance is not recommended. Critter Control of Oakland wildlife removal specialists have the proper training, knowledge, and tools to capture and remove opossums from homes and businesses. Contacting trained professionals keeps families and pets safe and disease-free.

Critter Control of Oakland can help you get rid of opossum problems.  Call today: 1.800.274.8837.

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