Maryland Opossum Control
Meet North America’s only marsupial (a mammal that carries its young in a pouch). Opossums might seem like rodents or other wildlife, but these unique animals are really in a class of their own. That does not mean you want them hanging around your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business, though. To keep them out, learn about their habits, how to prevent drawing them, and when to call a wildlife control expert on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
What Are Opossums?
Opossums are nomadic, opportunistic eaters. They are omnivores that will devour about anything — although human food waste is a favorite, according to our MD wildlife control experts.
How to Identify Opossums
Viking’s certified entomologist explains they are about the size of large house cats with grey fur, pointy pink snouts, and a white face. Some would say they are even cute. The most interesting thing about opossums is their unusual ability to play dead — complete with a putrid stench created by a substance their body secretes. Unfortunately for the opossum, they cannot control this ability. It simply happens when they become overstressed or scared. In short, if you see a “dead” opossum, do not touch it!
What Problems Can Opossums Cause for Eastern Shore of Maryland Home and Business Owners?
The opossums themselves are not usually a big deal, although they can be destructive when trying to get into places with food. They even eat many types of pests that are more annoying, like ticks. A bigger problem is that they will get into your garbage or compost bins and leave a buffet lying around to attract other pests, explains the wildlife control experts at Viking.
When Are Opossums Active on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?
Opossums are on the hunt for food all year, though they hide away from the cold a lot more during the winter. If they can get inside, they may try to set up a nest in your attic to take advantage of the warmth, according to our MD wildlife control experts.
How to Get Rid of Opossums on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Keep your garbage and compost bins tightly sealed to avoid drawing them to your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business. To prevent entry into your attic, our wildlife control experts recommend sealing up holes and make sure any vents are properly secured with screens. Also, trim tree branches away from your roof so they do not have a way to get up there.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Opossums on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Struggling with an unwelcome houseguest or tired of finding your garbage strewn all over the lawn? It is time to call the top pest management professionals on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Here at Viking Pest, we are committed to providing you with wildlife control services that do not put your health at risk or cause excessive damage to the environment. To that end, we use Integrated Pest Management principles in our work.