Delaware Opossum Control
Meet North America’s only marsupial. Opossums, like other marsupials, give birth to their young exceedingly early. The babies crawl into the mother’s pouch to finish developing. They will scavenge most anything to eat and can be a nuisance around your Delaware home or business. To cut down on the problem you should learn about opossum habits, how to discourage them from coming around, and when to call a control expert in Delaware.
What Are Opossums?
Viking’s certified entomologist explains opossums are about the size of a large house cat with gray fur, white faces, and long pink snouts. Sometimes people confuse them with raccoons. They rummage through your garbage looking for food and leaving a mess all over the yard. They will eat about anything — including other pests.
How to Identify Opossums
Opossums are quite distinctive in appearance once you see them up close. From afar they can be confused with cats or raccoons. They have the interesting ability to play dead, right down to a foul smell. Surprisingly, they cannot control it, the response just happens when they are scared or stressed, explains Viking’s certified entomologist. If you ever see an opossum that appears dead, do not touch it, and call a pest management professional right away.
What Problems Can Opossums Cause for Delaware Home and Business Owners?
The concern about opossums is that they are a nuisance. If they get into garbage cans, they can leave trash scattered all over the place. This delicious buffet can attract other, more annoying pests to your Delaware home or business, explains the wildlife control experts at Viking. Thankfully, even with their non-picky diet, they are surprisingly resistant to rabies. Sometimes they will leave smelly droppings lying around.
When Are Opossums Active in Delaware?
Opossums are most active when it is warm, but they must look for food all year so you can still see them in the winter months. According to our Delaware wildlife control experts, this is also when they are more likely to try to get into your home or business, looking for a warm place to hole up for the winter.
How to Get Rid of Opossums in Delaware
Our wildlife control experts recommend sealing off those garbage cans and compost piles to discourage them from rummaging around for food. To keep them from gaining access to the building, trim trees away from the roof so they cannot climb up there easily. Seal off any cracks and make sure the vents all have screens.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Opossums in Delaware
Opossums are a nuisance, but harmful pest control techniques can be worse. That is why we use Integrated Pest Management techniques designed to have minimal impact on your family’s health and the environment.