Accurate Pest Control, Inc. is a fully licensed and trained company specializing in humane methods and procedures of control and removal of nuisance wildlife.
Accurate Wildlife Service, a division of Accurate Pest Control, Inc. utilizes a wide variety of humane control procedures to remove unwanted wildlife from your home.
Opossum Removal: Opossums will do significant damage in your crawl space or attic if allowed to remain. They will destroy your insulation, rip apart electrical wiring, and ruin the dry wall. Opossums leave their feces and urine all over the place which produces an unbearable odor. Our trained opossum removal professionals will come to your house or business to discuss the removal process.
The opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States. Possums have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. They are unusually resistant to the venom of venomous snakes and are extremely unlikely to acquire rabies. They have 50 very sharp teeth, more than any land mammal.
SIZE: 6-13 lbs, body length of 12-20 inches, tail length of 15 inches.
RANGE: Costa Rica north through Mexico to the central and eastern half of the United States into southeastern Canada. After being introduced in 1890, populations have established in California and along the West Coast.
HABITAT: Very adaptable, making their homes in rural, urban and suburban areas. They are commonly found in woodlands, agricultural areas and neighborhoods if cover is available.
DIET: Opossums will eat insects, snails, slugs, rodents, and other small vertebrates, plant matter including overripe fruits, eggs, pet foods, human garbage and dead animals. Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. Some families will group together in ready-made burrows or even under houses. Though they will temporarily occupy abandoned burrows, they do not dig or put much effort into building their own. As nocturnal animals, they favor dark, secure areas. These areas may be below ground or above. When threatened or harmed, they will "play possum", mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. In the case of baby opossums, however, the brain does not always react this way at the appropriate moment, and therefore they often fail to "play dead" when threatened. When "playing possum", the animal's lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands. Their stiff, curled form can be prodded, turned over, and even carried away without reaction. The animal will typically regain consciousness after a period of between 40 minutes and 4 hours, a process which begins with slight twitching of the ears.