Opossum Removal

Opossums are the only members of the Marsupial family found in Connecticut. Their opportunistic habits and broadly omnivorous diets make them frequent visitors to garbage cans, pet food bowls and other attractants around the house. 

Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available.  As nocturnal animals, they favor dark, secure areas.  These areas may be below ground or above. Opossums are actually good climbers, however, most of the time they will burrow under a shed, deck, or porch to create their den.   

In Connecticut, breeding usually begins in early March and the females usually produce one to two litters per year. Although the female has thirteen teats (which are located in the marsupial pouch) for the young to attach to, some fail to attach and as a result die. Females often give birth to very large numbers but the average surviving litter size is nine.

Opossums have a remarkably robust immune system, and show partial or total immunity to the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other pit vipers. Only about one in eight hundred opossums are infected with the rabies virus. 

When threatened or harmed, they will "play possum," mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal.  When an opossum is "playing possum," the animal's lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands.  In this state, the animal can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction.  The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of between 40 minutes and 4 hours.  Threatened opossums (especially males) will growl deeply, raising their pitch as the threat becomes more urgent.

A professional should always handle opossum removal. PestCo LLC uses humane cages to safely trap and relocate opossums. The experts at PestCo LLC will also perform exclusion work to ensure that the animals are no longer able to inhabit the area again.

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