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Opossum Removal in Columbia South Carolina

In South Carolina, an opossum or possum weighs between 4 to 7 pounds and is 6 to 8 inches tall at the shoulder. In its southern area, females have at least two litters every year.

Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, relapsing fever, tuberculosis, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, spotted fever, trichomoniasis, coccidiosis, and Chagas disease. Mites, fleas, ticks, and lice are all possible infestations. Cat and dog fleas thrive in opossums, especially in metropolitan areas.

Opossums, aside from skunks, are responsible for some of the most rancid infestations in North America due to their terrible odor and the bulk of their droppings. Opossums are one of the most harmful creatures to have in a home because of their size and neutrality, preferring to focus on the attic or crawl area. Most opossum intrusions are accompanied by a rodent infestation in the majority of residences inspected.

Opossums may seem pretty with their pointed snouts and naked tails, but they can pose significant problems for homeowners. Opossums are the only marsupial native to North America, but unfortunately, they often find themselves unwelcome in urban areas. Their breeding season begins in the late fall and early winter, and they often seek shelter in attics or under brush piles.

Often attracted by easily accessible food sources such as pet food, bird seed, and garbage cans, opossums can be a nuisance to homeowners. They can also cause damage to chicken coops and compost bins as they search for food, including pet food, bird seed, insects, small rodents, and even snakes. In addition to potentially damaging property in search of shelter, opossums carry parasites that can harm pets and other animals. Prevention is the best solution for opossum removal if you have an opossum problem in your yard or garden.

Opossum Prevention Tips

  • Keep trash cans tightly sealed with lids that cannot be easily manipulated by these opportunistic critters, bring in bird feeders at night, and secure chicken coops with necessary repairs such as fixing broken vents.
  • Remove piles of wood or brush to remove potential shelters for opossums.
  • Secure pet food and garbage cans, remove brush piles and woodpiles that may be used for shelter and fix broken vents or holes in chicken coops or compost bins.
  • Eco-friendly solutions such as motion-activated sprinklers can also help keep opossums (and other pests) away from your yard without causing harm to the animals.
  • Make necessary repairs, such as fixing broken vents that could provide easy access for these skilled climbers.

With some strategic prevention tactics, you can discourage opossums from making your yard their home without resorting to harmful removal methods.

If these measures do not work to solve the problem, it may be necessary to contact a professional wildlife removal service to trap and remove the animal safely.

Opossums can create serious potential health hazards within your dwelling. To keep your family and dwelling safe from potential opossum intrusions, contact us for our opossum control and decontamination services in Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, and surrounding areas.

Our experts will visit and do a full inspection of your house, identifying any existing infiltration points and possum removal service requirements. Our Columbia possum removal service is complete and thorough, so you can return to living a pest-free life with confidence. 

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