Opossum Information


The opossum has the appearance of a large rat, some people say.  They can grow up to 40 inches in length, and are often about the size of a housecat.  They are usually black, gray, and white in color, and they have a pointy face, a long tail, and black ears.


Location and Behavior Patterns: 

Opossum are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night.  They are omnivores and will eat almost anything, including; snails, slugs, spiders, fruit, trash, snakes, mice, and insects.  They are a non-aggressive animal, but they will bite, if they feel threatened.  Opossum do carry diseases, which can be a problem if they bite a family pet or a person.

Opossum and Moles live in areas where they feel protected.  They may live in brush piles, in holes they find in the ground, in buildings that have openings, underneath a deck, or nestled in the pine needles of a flowerbed.


Preventative measures around your property will help keep opossum away from your home.  Things like limiting trash that is accessible, fallen fruit on the ground, and unattended dog food, will help keep opossum away from your place. 

Your pest control specialist can trap opossum, also.  They are relatively easy to trap, because they are not fearful of traps, especially if good bait is used within the trap.

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