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Wildlife Control: Opossums

Opossums are the only marsupials native to the United States and belong to the order Didelphimorphia. Adult opossums are commonly 15 to 20 inches long, can weigh anywhere from 4 to 15 pounds, and live about 2 to 4 years depending on the species.

Opossum Diet

These mammals are known scavengers. This means that they raid homes, dumpsters, and wherever else they can find food. Along with what they can find in the garbage, opossums eat grass, nuts, fruit, mice, insects, worms, and sometimes chickens.

What kind of opossums are there?

You may be surprised to know that there are over 100 different opossum species in the world. However, there are two types of opossums that are found in North and South America, including:

  • The Common Opossum: Found in Mexico, South America, and Central America
  • The Virginia Opossum: Found in North America and Canada

Both the common opossum and the Virginia opossum have pink-tipped, cone-shaped noses, long hairless tails, and white, grey, and black fur.



What kind of damage do opossums cause?

In Porches, Attics, and Outbuildings

Opossums become pests in and around buildings once they find shelter beneath dwellings and porches. They may also take up residence in attics or outbuildings.

Garbage Cans, Kenneled Animals, and More

Opossums frequently raid uncovered garbage cans and tear open plastic garbage bags. Plus, their nighttime prowling habits can bother kenneled or tied dogs, causing them to bark. Additionally, in rural areas, opossums often prey upon poultry or eggs.Keep in mind that even though opossums are pests in or around your property, our main focus at Varment Guard is humane and safe removal of the animals.

How to Deter Opossums

Opossums will set up shop near your home or business if they have access to food, water, and shelter. This means, the best way to prevent opossums is by depriving them of these things. Several preventative measures you can take include:

  • Keeping pet food stored and sealed
  • Cleaning and clearing brush piles by your home or business
  • Securing pet doors—otherwise opossums will attempt to get into your home
  • Sealing garbage cans


How to Get Rid Of Opossums: Varment Guard

Varment Guard offers humane opossum live trapping & removal services. We have the knowledge and tools needed to safely remove opossums from your property. Varment Guard offers:

  • Opossum Trapping & Removal
  • Exclusion & Prevention
  • Damage Repair & Inspection of Entry

Although there are things you can do yourself to prevent opossums from causing damage in your yard or home, getting help from a wildlife company is the best (and safest) option for keeping these pests away.

How Do You Get Rid of Opossums?

Varment Guard solves your opossum problem while leaving the animals unharmed during the entire process. To keep opossums away humanely, we provide:

1. Live Opossum Trapping

Varment Guard provides humane opossum live trapping and removal. Trapping is the preferred method of opossum removal. Opossums are most commonly caught by using live-catch wire cage traps. These traps are baited with a variety of scents that opossums find irresistible. These traps do not harm the opossums. Once caught, opossums are removed safely and humanely.

Opossums are captured by Varment Guard technicians using live-catch wire cage traps. Traps are set in trails or at entrances to dens. Fish, cat food, peanut butter, fruits, and marshmallows are excellent bait choices.

2. Opossum Exclusion

The most permanent way of solving an opossum problem is to remove their access to wherever they’re finding shelter.

This can be done by the installation of a buried wire exclusion fence. The team at Varment Guard will properly install the fence round the area that needs to be excluded and place a galvanized hardware cloth. This will prevent the re-entry of any persistent opossums, while allowing them to live freely and happily elsewhere!


Varment Guardian: The Ultimate Choice for Humane Control of Opossums

Opossums don't mean any harm.  But that doesn't mean you want them in or around your property. That's why we make it a priority to provide the most humane opossum services.

When conflict occurs between people and wildlife, Varment Guard has always been there to provide resolution to all your wildlife issues.  When an unwanted animal, like an opossum, invades your home, our wildlife professionals have the training and experience to find an effective, humane, and safe solution to your problem.

To learn more about Varment Guardian and our humane opossum services, get in touch with us today!

We can rid you of opossum problems safely and efficiently!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do Opossums Want?

Opossums are on the lookout for two things: food and shelter. .They’re nocturnal foragers, so if you run into them, it’ll probably be at night near trash. Along with food and shelter, they also like warmth. To stay warm, opossums will make nests out of dry leaves, insulation, non-edible garbage, and more. Learn more!

How Can I Prevent Opossums?

You can prevent opossums by covering your trash, blocking off your deck, securing your garage, repairing household damage, trimming branches and bushes, and clearing your yard. Opossums can be quite tenacious. However, if you make accessing your home tough enough, they’ll move on pretty quickly. Read more!

How do I Keep Opossums Out of my Garden?

Maintaining your garden, installing a fence, and repelling opossums with smells they don’t like are great ways to keep these pesky pests out of your flowers and veggies. Mothballs, ammonia, garlic, and animal fur are all smells that repel opossums. Learn more on how to keep opossums out of your space!

Are Opossum Marsupials?

Yes. In fact, opossums are the only marsupial in North America. Marsupials are mammals that have a pouch on their abdomens.

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