Opossums are, in many ways, the quintessential animal pests. Pretty much everything you imagine when you imagine pests applies to them. They can be stinky. Messy. They eat garbage. Sometimes, they can even be dangerous. They even look like the quintessential pest: they’re basically big rats! There’s one other way opossums are quintessential pests: they’re misunderstood. For all the run-ins homeowners have with the pest every day, most people don’t know much about them. The more you know about opossums, the more effectively you’ll be able to defend your home from them. Here’s our primer on everything we think a homeowner should know about the most obvious varment of all.