The Virginia opossum is North America's only marsupial which means they are the only animal with a pouch, like a kangaroo or koala. Female opossums carry their young in their pouches until they are two-three months then carry them on her back for another one-two months. The female can give birth two times a year and produce up to nine young'uns at a time.
Opossums are animals that does not hibernate through the winter. They don't build their own shelter so they take cover in abandoned nests. They also have no problem making their home in your attic or crawlspace as long as there is no disturbance and access to food. They are skilled at climbing and can tear apart soffits, siding and even chew into gutters using their sharp teeth to gain access into your home. These pests tear up insulation, duct work, and chew into electrical wires which could potentially start a fire. They will bring up their young'uns inside your attic while using your insulation as a toilet.
Opossums carry parasites, fungal and bacterial diseases as well. Just some of the parasites they carry are roundworms, tapeworms and mites just to name a few. They also can introduce fleas, ticks and even lice for the rest of the house.
If you come across a creature that looks like a rat but the size of a cat in or around your home, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call. We do a thorough inspection which includes locating the entry point, removing the opossum(s) in your home, prevent these pests from re-entering, and talk with you about the remediation process. We will be more than happy to work with you side by side to protect your health and your largest investment.