Pennsylvania Opossum Control
The Virginia opossum, North America’s only marsupial (pouched mammal), is an infamous scavenger. Opossums often visit Pennsylvania homes to raid garbage cans, dumpsters, and other containers.
To protect your building or business, you need to take preventive measures against these pests. You need Viking Pest Control.
What Are Opossums?
While there are several opossum species, the only one native to North America is the Didelphis virginiana. Often referred to as the Virginia opossum, they are opportunistic omnivores. They prefer grass, nuts, and fruits, for their vegetation. When craving flesh, they hunt birds, insects, snakes, and even chickens, explain our PA wildlife control experts.
Opossums are excellent tree climbers and spend much of their time in branches. They are famous for having the unique physiological response behind the phrase “playing possum.” When threatened by dogs, foxes, and other predators, opossums flop on the ground. They then close their eyes and pretend to be dead.
How to Identify Opossums
From afar, opossums can be mistaken for raccoons or cats. However, you can identify them by their white faces and long hairless tails when you get closer. They also excrete a distinctive smell when playing dead.
Though they do not spread rabies, opossums leave fleas, smelly droppings, and big messes. Since they frequently “play possum,” you always want to call a pest management professional. If you choose to handle an opossum yourself– you risk them being less dead than you think.
What Problems Can Opossums Cause for Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners?
The presence of opossums nesting in or around your Pennsylvania property can lead to extreme frustrations. Uncontrolled, opossums can cause extensive damage to your home or business. When they breed, they give birth to as many as 20 babies in a single litter, explain the wildlife control experts at Viking. What is worse, the trash they leave lying around your lawn can often attract other unwanted scavengers and pests.
To nest near food, opossums often find their way into deserted attics. According to our PA wildlife control experts, if possums can get in under a porch, this is one of their favorite places to breed. Fortunately, since they are nocturnal, opossums have no time or interest to be physically aggressive toward human beings.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Opossums in Pennsylvania
Viking Pest offers professional treatments designed to prevent opossums from damaging your property. Our use of Integrated Pest Management [IPM] techniques controls the opossum population from the source. By using our pest knowledge, we reduce damage to your health, pets, and environment.
Viking Pest Control is more than a quick fix for opossums– we are a lasting, full-service solution. Call Viking now for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate. Dial 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!