Opossums are medium-sized, primarily nocturnal animals that are common throughout Georgia and most of the United States.
As wildlife goes, the opossum is an odd-looking animal. Their jaws resembles those of canines, their tails are rat-like (although also prehensile), their ears resemble those of a raccoon, and their paw prints look a lot like miniature human hand and foot prints. They also have opposable "thumbs," but they're on their hind feet.
In addition to their rather unique appearance, opossums are the only marsupials native to North America. Female opossums carry and nurse their young in a pouch on their bodies called a marsupium for a period of time between the babies' birth and when they're ready for the outside world.
Opossums are among the most adaptable of all animals. They're arboreal by nature and therefore have good climbing skills, but they're also comfortable on the ground. They'll live in caves, hollow trees, and pretty much anywhere else. That includes any part of a house or building including garages, crawl spaces, wall and ceiling voids, attics, barns, sheds, and pretty much anywhere else.
Opossums are considered a nuisance mainly because they eat agricultural and garden crops. They also make a mess when they get into garbage pails or dumpsters and are capable of transmitting a number of diseases. Equine Protozoal Myeloencephaliti is one of the more serious diseases carried by opossums. It's a serious disease that affects horses, making opossums especially unwelcome around stables.
Opossum control consists of trapping and removing the possum, cleaning up after it (including replacing contaminated attic insulation, if needed), and animal-proofing the house to keep opossums and other wildlife, nuisance animals, and pests from getting inside.
Here are a few pictures of opossum removal work we've done in Macon and Columbus and throughout South Georgia. Stay tuned for more!