Opossums

Habitat: Wooded areas, suburban and urban environments. Crawlspaces, attics, garages, barns, storage sheds, yards.

Diet: Fruits, vegetables, insects, rodents, pet food.

Known Attractions: Food sources, shelter.

Risks: Diseases, ticks and fleas which can transmit diseases to people and pets. Fecal and urine contamination.

Signs of Presence: Foul odor, noises, chewing damage.


Opossums tend to be one of the least worrisome pests and are generally docile creatures that go mostly unnoticed due to their nocturnal nature. However, they do present some risks to people and pets. While it is extremely rare for possums to carry rabies, they can carry a plethora of other diseases. These include tuberculosis, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis and others. When frightened, they are known to defecate and urinate, causing contamination and potential exposure to these diseases. They also carry ticks and fleas which can transmit diseases to your pets if they wander the same areas. Opossums rarely attack, but if cornered they might. More commonly they will “play dead”, but an attack is always possible. Opossums may enter your attic and basement areas and nest there, causing contamination and damage. Hawk offers effective and humane trapping solutions for opossums. If you have one around your home, contact us immediately for a free consultation and estimate!