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Opossum Removal in the Macon, Georgia Area

Family of opossums we removed and relocated together

Family of opossums we removed and relocated together

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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Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

We have a technician headed out to Macon to remove an opossum that was trapped in the crawl space overnight. It will be transported and released unharmed into the forest.
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Jun 09, 2020 10:54:37 am.

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May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
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Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

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Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
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This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
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Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
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Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
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Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
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Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
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Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Was a busy day today and covered a lot of ground... Zebulon Ga, Griffin Ga, Macon Ga, Perry Ga, to McIntyre Ga. Squirrels, rats and bats. Yes bats. Their still active. Call us
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Jan 20, 2020 06:30:29 pm.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
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Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
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Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

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Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

This House in Valdosta, Georgia Needs Mice Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Dec 06, 2019 10:22:27 am.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
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Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

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Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides opossum removal and exclusion in Macon, 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.

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