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Opossums are typically harmless but can be slightly aggressive when threatened. These creatures are constantly on the hunt for sources of food and shelter, which is why they may attempt to invade your home. They are known to target fruit trees, bugs in your garden, garbage cans, and even pet food that’s left outdoors. Because these animals can be unpredictable, it’s best to enlist the help of a professional who can trap and remove them safely.
Are opossums dangerous?
Although slightly less dangerous than raccoons, opossums should still not be removed by homeowners. It’s important to remember the following facts about opossums:
- When an opossum feels threatened, its nervous system basically shuts down—known as “playing dead”.
- Opossums may emit a very foul smelling fluid, similar to a skunk’s spray, in order to defend itself.
- Opossums also carry fleas, ticks, and mites that could be hazardous to your health, and the health of any pets on your property.
- They can cause structural damage to the inside or outside of your property as they attempt to find a place to nest.
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How to remove opossums
If you’ve noticed opossums in or near your home, it’s important to not attempt to remove them yourself. Like other wild animals, opossums can be unpredictable and may display aggression if threatened. For the safety of you and your family, it’s best to contact a professional. At Dugas, we provide humane opossum trapping and removal through safe and effective methods. We also will identify the vulnerabilities on your property that may lead to future infestations.
Safe opossum trapping & removal
Even though opossums aren’t known to be overly aggressive, it’s never smart to try and remove them from your property. This could endanger the opossum as well. The expert wildlife removal team at Dugas can safely remove opossums from your property in a way that is safe for you and your family. To learn more about our opossum trapping and removal services, give us a call today!Back to Wildlife Control & Removal
Opossum Trapping & Removal in Louisiana
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