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The Dangers of Opossum Infestations

Opossums are actually part of the rodent family. In fact, they are one of the largest nuisance rodent species and can cause a lot more damage than rats. Opossums like to reside in outdoor spaces that have a lot of plant life, which they use for shelter. They can easily climb, meaning if you have trees on your property, they may use them to get into your roof or attic. Here is some information on the dangers of Opossum Infestations.

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Warning Signs

Opossums travel in way smaller groups than other rodents, typically only one or two at a time. If there is an infestation in your home, it shouldn’t take long at all for you to notice.

Here are the four most common signs to look for if you suspect an Opossum Infestation in your home:

  1. Exterior Damage:

Because Opossums climb to get where they need to be, you may first notice that your siding or roof shingles are damages. Often times, they will be torn.

  1. Pet Food:

If you have pets in your home, especially outdoor cats, you may notice that their food is disappearing more quickly than usual. This is because Opossums enjoy pet food, specifically cat food.

  1. Animal Noises:

Opossums make a variety of noises when they are communicating with one another. If you hear any animal vocalizations including hissing, shrieking, or clicking, you may have an Opossum infestation. You also want to listen for any loud scratching noises.

  1. Bad Odor:

Opossums defecate more often than the typical mammal and their droppings are as large as house cats, making for a very unpleasant smell where they reside. Not only that, but their wet droppings soak into the home insulation and materials, which causes a very distinct, unpleasant odor throughout the home.


Because Opossums are so much bigger than other rodents, they can do a lot more damage in a lot less time. They can destroy the exterior of your home, ripping shingles and siding with their claws and teeth.

Not only does their feces cause a bad odor, but it can also leave large stains and could potentially carry diseases such as tuberculosis. However, one thing you do not have to worry about with Opossums is rabies.

They have an unusually low body temperature that kills the disease. It is not recommended that you try to get rid of an Opossum infestation on your own because they aren’t easily intimidated.

If hissing doesn’t work to scare a predator away, they will either play dead or resort to aggression, which can be dangerous. A mother Opossum that is with her young is especially likely to fight in order to protect her young.

Opossum Infestations? Call Shumaker!

If you come across any wild animals displaying symptoms of rabies, do not engage them and remove yourself from the area.

If the opossum infestations are on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you.

Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves.

All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

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