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Opossum Removal in the Macon, Georgia Area

Opossum on a roof after being sealed out of the house

Opossum on a roof after being sealed out of the 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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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.

We have a team in Macon Ga finishing up on a flying squirrel exclusion job. Local and dependable give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 01:41:30 pm.

Scratching in the attic, noises keeping you up at night, you might have animals in the attic. Squirrels, flying squirrels, rats, bats, raccoons etc. Call us for a free quote today. We will be happy to remove them and keep them out for good.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 10:19:58 am.

Just finished up on a warranty call in Concord Ga. Now I’m gonna head over to Barnesville Ga to help a tech on a exclusion for Bats.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 15, 2021 11:28:21 am.

In Cordele and Tifton Georgia today quoting exclusions for squirrels. Time for these critters to go.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 14, 2021 12:02:36 pm.

Had the opportunity to give 2 quotes in Barnesville Ga today for Bats. Customers are both scheduled for the exclusions in a couple of days.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 13, 2021 02:56:28 pm.

Just completed a warranty inspection at a home we sealed last yr. in Perry Georgia. Gave them the all clear.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 12, 2021 02:49:18 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

We have a crew trapping and removing roof rats from a warehouse in Macon, and sealing the edges of the corrugated metal roof to keep them out. Corrugated roofs require a lot of detailed work to animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2021 09:13:07 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Gonna wrap this day up early making people smile and animals relocated. Hope everyone has a great and prosperous New Year!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 31, 2020 09:54:56 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Guys are in Fitzgerald Ga this rainy day doing an exclusion for squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 16, 2020 02:57:45 pm.

Wildlife exclusion techs are in Griffin Ga doing a rodent seal up then headed to Albany Ga for a Snake call.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 15, 2020 10:40:48 am.

Was headed home but had a customer in Fitzgerald Ga call the office and has squirrels in the attic and concerned about them chewing her wires. Told her I’ll turn around and be there around 6pm. Customer service is our goal.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2020 04:23:04 pm.

Nice day for a exclusion. Customer in Warner Robins Ga just called our office. Headed over to give a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2020 11:14:27 am.

Just completed a squirrel job in Zebulon Ga and will be headed to Gray Ga to finish up a bat exclusion.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 09, 2020 10:28:42 am.

South side technicians finished up on a bat job in Concord Ga. Techs are now headed to Jackson Ga. to remove some rats out of the traps that were set during the exclusion. Keeping customers happy is our main goal.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 08, 2020 11:34:56 am.

Hearing scratching in the attic or walls. We’re here to help and we’re local. Macon, Albany, Cordele, Valdosta Ga. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 12:44:10 pm.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 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.

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