New Jersey Opossum Control
What do an opossum and a kangaroo have in common? They are both marsupials, mammals with pouches. Opossums are the only marsupial that lives in North America. They are not meticulous eaters and will dine on anything. Human food waste is a favorite and can attract them to your New Jersey home or business. To protect your home or business, learn about their behaviors, prevention techniques, and wildlife control options.
What Are Opossums?
North America’s only marsupial is about the size of a large housecat. They have long, pointy pink snouts, white faces, and grey fur. They eat about anything — including other pests. In fact, one opossum will eat about 5,000 ticks per season.
How to Identify Opossums
Because of their size and coloring, it is easy to mistake opossums for a cat or a raccoon from afar. However, up close the differences become apparent. If you find a “dead” opossum, beware! As a defense mechanism, opossums will secrete a stinky fluid and go into a dead faint, explain the NJ wildlife control experts at Viking. You do not want to find out the hard way that they are not dead!
What Problems Can Opossums Cause for New Jersey Home and Business Owners?
Opossums can sometimes cause damage to your property, but mostly they are just a nuisance. Looking for food, they may knock over garbage cans or compost bins and spread it around, attracting more pests to your property. Thankfully, despite their eating habits, they do not carry rabies, but they may carry fleas. The best way to deal with them is to call a pest management professional immediately.
When Are Opossums Active in New Jersey?
According to our wildlife control experts, opossums need to eat all year round so you may see them any time of the year, although they may shelter more during the winter. They are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night.
How to Get Rid of Opossums in New Jersey
Opossums are nomadic, opportunistic eaters. Our wildlife control experts recommend keep your garbage and compost bins tightly closed so they cannot get inside. Opossums will also enter buildings looking for a warm place to sleep. They typically get in through cracks in the attic or roof and use trees to get up there so sealing off cracks and cutting back the trees will help keep them out.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Opossums in New Jersey
If the opossums do get inside, you will need the help of a wildlife control expert in New Jersey. Opossums can be quite vicious when threatened and need to be handled with care.
Here at Viking Pest, we know you do not want to exchange one unpleasant thing for another. That is why we use Integrated Pest Management techniques that minimize the impact of our pest control services on your health and the environment.