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Opossum Removal in the Macon, Georgia Area

A mother opossum and her babies in a trap after being removed from a house.

Opossums are medium-sized, primarily nocturnal animals that are common throughout Georgia and most of the United States. They have an unusual set of body characteristics. 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. So all in all, they're pretty odd-looking animals.

In addition to their rather unique appearance, opossums are also unique in being the only marsupials native to North America. Like kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats, 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 -- including garages, crawl spaces, barns, and other buildings. We even come across them in attics once in a while.

Opossums aren't too picky about what they eat, either. They're basically opportunistic scavengers, which is another reason why they're attracted to human-occupied areas. Because they'll eat pretty much any sort of food, the garbage discarded by humans are like a buffet for opossums. As with most nuisance animals, keeping garbage securely stored can help discourage opossum problems. Opossums can also hunt when need be and consume a fair number of rodents.

Playing Possum

One thing opossums are famous for is their habit of "playing dead" when they're threatened or attacked. This is more than play-acting for an opossum, however. It seems to be more like fainting. Their faces become frozen in a snarl and they emit a foul-smelling odor that simulates the smell of rancid, spoiled meat, and discourages predators from feeding on the opossum.

Opossums may also defend themselves in more direct ways, however. They are capable of delivering a nasty bite, so they shouldn't be handled by anyone except professional animal handlers.

Opossum Removal and Control

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.

Another place you don't want opossums is in your home. They often manage to get in to places like crawl spaces, basements, and garages, and sometimes even make it up into attics. Obviously, once they get into a home, they must be removed. Both the mess they make and the health risk from the diseases that the opossums and their parasites can transmit make that a no-brainer.

Speaking of disease, we should also mention that opossums have remarkably strong immune systems. They have high resistance or immunity to many diseases, including rabies; but they are still capable of acting as a reservoir for and/or transmitting those diseases, usually while showing no symptoms of being sick because they themselves have not been affected.

Opossum control consists of trapping and removing the possum, cleaning up after it (including sanitation and replacing contaminated insulation, if needed), and sealing up the house against re-entry by opossums or other nuisance animals.

This last part is known as exclusion, and will help keep your home animal-free in general, not just against opossums. Sometimes it's not needed, however. If a house is already well-sealed against animals, but an opossum happens to waltz in through an open door, we can simply remove the possum and take it away. It all depends on the situation.

Opossum Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of opossum removal work we've done in and around the Macon area. Stay tuned for more!

 

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The pitter-patter of little feet turned out to be from opossums that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Roberta, Georgia. The homeowner sent us a copy of the footprints, which made it easier to identify what kind of animals were in the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2021 09:51:25 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

Technicians from our Macon office are on their way to trap and remove an opossum from under the porch of a house in Columbus, Georgia. Once they catch and relocate the possum, they'll also be animal-proofing the house to prevent critters from getting in.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2021 09:41:53 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

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by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

A crew from our Macon office is on their way to trap and remove opossums from under the porch of a house in Columbus, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2021 10:09:01 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Today we have a crew trapping and removing opossums from the crawl space of a house in Macon, Georgia. We'll also seal around the perimeter to keep 'possums and other animals out of the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:11:12 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Our technicians are repairing rat damage to a drain line at a house in Macon, Georgia. The rats also got into the house itself, so we'll be non-chemically trapping and removing them and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 10:59:15 am.

Bats in Roberta Ga, Rats in Macon Ga and Mice in the walls in Warner Robins Ga. call for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 09, 2021 11:43:49 am.

Exclusion quote done in Eastman Ga this morning now I’m headed to Thomaston Ga for another exclusion quote. Customer hearing noises in the wall.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 08, 2021 01:10:45 pm.

Cold and windy day like today reminds me why animals like the warmth and safety of an attic and or crawl space. It’s cold outside stay warm everyone, but if you find yourself hearing scratching noises in the attic/walls give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 04:49:14 pm.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides opossum removal and exclusion in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon. We are fully licensed and insured.

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