Are Opossums Dangerous?

Some people think they're cute. Others believe that these furry, gray marsupials with hairless tails are scary. Still, if you have an opossum taking up residence in your home or yard, the most pressing question is whether these creatures are dangerous. Good news — opossums are generally harmless. However, we recommend that you avoid making friends with these nocturnal animals or inviting them to stay on your property. Here's why. What Are Opossums? Opossums are the only marsupials in North America. In the U.S., the Virginia opossum, is a cat-sized creature with dull, gray fur, white and black markings, a long snout and pink paws. Their hairless tails are prehensile, meaning they can grasp branches or carry small objects. If you catch an opossum off guard, you'll probably hear it hiss, growl or click as a warning to stay back. Opossums are opportunistic scavengers, eating almost anything they can get their paws on. These omnivores will dine on plant matter just as readily as...
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How Does an Animal Get Into My House?

An animal may get into your house through the openings in your roof, attic, chimney, crawlspace or basement. If you suspect an animal has gotten in, inspect your interior and exterior property for signs of wildlife activity, such as chew marks, grease stains, droppings, or damage. A professional wildlife removal company can help you deal with the animals in your home through exclusion techniques. Explore the animals that can get into your house to determine how to deal with any potential intruders. Request Wildlife Removal Services ➔ Main Entry Points Depending on the animal's size, their entry points into your home don't need to be large. Check the following places for signs of wildlife in your home: Crawlspace or Basement: Animals enjoy hiding in dry, dark basements. You can determine if wildlife is in this part of your home by checking the foundation from the outside. Pay attention to gaps, such as places where different types of building material meet or where cables, pipes...
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