Opossum Removal & Trapping in MD, DC & Northern VA
Description: Opossums have large triangular heads, long snout, typically gray fur on the main body, four legs, and a prehensile tail (can wrap tail around tree limbs & such for short term suspension). They are average out to be about the size of a large house cat. Opossums are North America's only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch for which to transport young (like kangaroo's). Opossums are nocturnal animals, rarely seen in the daylight hours. Opossums are excellent climbers, spending much of their time in above ground areas. Their sharp claws and prehensile tail aid in their search of altitude. Opossums are known for playing dead; an excellent mechanism for predators or danger. But opossums CAN BE aggressive if need be. Hissing or squawking noises are common.
Food Sources: Opossums are among the scavengers when it comes to their eating habits. Carrion (road kill) is a favorite of theirs. Many opossums are killed each year by hunting for carrion on the busy roads. When carrion can't be found, garbage or just about anything will do.
Life span & reproduction: After fertilization from a male opossum, usually much larger and heavier than the female, gestation is only a short 12 - 15 day process. Once the 7 - 8 + young exit the uterus at just 12 or so days old, they must make their way to the mother opossum's pouch and search for a teat to clasp on to. There are usually 13 teats on any given female and at times, some of the young may fail to live, due to the short supply of teats (opossum females can have up to 25 young at a time). The young who survive the trip to the pouch and the search for a teat will live in the pouch for about 55 days before exiting to spend about 4 weeks on the mother opossum's back. Independence will set in after those last few weeks on mom's back. Opossums have no specific breeding season, but may have up to 3 litters each year. They have a rather short life span, about 2 or so years, due to their hunting strategies.
Typical areas of Entry: Opossums search for an entry point in to any structure simply because they want to gain entry for warmth, shelter or breeding purposes. A large number of Opossums invasions occur because females are searching for a nest to birth and grow their young. Ground level openings are the main concern but they do have climbing abilities. Opossums are partial to entering, but are not limited to entry through: Unscreened ground level crawlspaces/vents, open or damaged crawlspace doors, under sheds and hot tubs, and even directly beneath the foundation. Opossums will be urinating & defecating in the areas they habituate (ground level crawlspaces). The crawlspace will become soiled and an odor is likely to be profound due to the excrement & debris.
Typical treatment: First, a thorough inspection by a Trappro technician will be completed, area(s) of entry will be identified, and typically, Trapping/Removal for approximately 3 to 5 business days will be our first line of defense. Live cage traps will be set near the entry/access points. The open areas where the opossum(s) have gained entry will be monitored for activity during the duration of the trapping service. The technician will be placing a breakable barrier/screen/tape (whatever is available) over/inside the holes or entry points to monitor the opossum(s) movements in and out of the open areas. This technique allows us to record wild life movement & will assist in dictating the duration of the trapping service. Once a point of no activity has been reached, Trappro will feel comfortable removing the live traps & installing temporary screenings over the existing entry points. The trapping/removal service along with our patch is guaranteed against animal re-entry for 30 days. Trappro recommends permanently sealing the opossum(s) area(s) of entry. Upon the inspection, a proposal will be provided for permanent repairs to the home or structure. Trappro completes & warranties permanent repairs against wild life re-entry for up to 10 years. If opossums are simply inhabiting or invading the yard with no specific point of entry, Trappro offers an Open Area trapping service for these purposes. Open area trapping is difficult simply because Trappro cannot force animals in to a trap; they must lead themselves inside before we are able to remove them from any property. Open Area trapping services last for a total of 7 business days (NO weekends or National holidays). Any animals/wildlife lead inside our traps will be removed. Trappro does not charge per animal or per trap.
Dangers: The number one concern when dealing
with an opossum intrusion is the rate of transmitted rabies disease
to these creatures. Rabies is the most highly transmitted disease
with this type of wild life as with all mammals - and it can be easily
transferred to humans and other animals with direct fluid contact
(bite, scratch, etc.) NEVER approach an opossum that is discolored,
looks/acts sick or confused, hunched over, or appears to be lacking
nutrients. Cats & Dogs should be vaccinated & kept away from
these creatures. Opossum excrement/droppings can also contain dangers
such as roundworms, tapeworms, and various other parasites which are
easily transferred to humans or pets.
Our professional trappers will also be able to seal up holes in attic or walls including fireplaces and vents where opossum have entered the home. Trapping and exclusion of opossum is available for homeowners and business owners throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
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