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Nuisance Opossum Trapping

Opossum

Nuisance Opossum Problems

In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young. They have long prehensile tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. We sometimes find them in attics but that isn't generally the case here in Michigan. They need a decent size opening to enter the attic.

Opossums give off a strong odor and oftentimes find places like your garage or under your deck to die. No one likes the smell of a decaying animal. They also get into dog food and annoy homeowner's pets. Opossums aren't known for biting but will give off a hissing sound when close to them to make you aware of them. They will also "play opossum" if they feel threatened. Basically, they make themselves look dead and can give off the odor of a decaying animal because they know that most predators are not scavengers and will not go after bad meat.

Opossum Problem Solvers

Trap and relocate is the best method. We actually find these animals the easiest to trap because they will eat anything so it doesn't take a lot of effort to get these critters into the trap. Opossums are easy to trap, but you need a nuisance wildlife control permit in order to relocate them.

How to Get Rid of Opossums?

The only real way to remove opossums is by live trapping. When baiting for Opossums you can pretty much use any bait. They will eat anything. Opossums are scavengers and look for anything to eat.

  1. Inspect for an opossum entry point. Most of the time they are living under your deck, basement, or shed. It is possible for them to live in your attic, but generally, there needs to be a wide-open hole.
  2. Once you identify the entry point, set up live traps near the entry point. Remember you can use pretty much anything to bait with. Cat food works pretty well. When setting up traps try and place them in shaded areas. Opossums are nocturnal and do not do well in direct sunlight.
  3. You may actually be able to just remove the opossums by hand. Opossums generally "play possum" and won't try and attack you. This means they will play dead. Wear heave gloves, grab them by the tail, or scruff of their neck. A catch pole works well also. Rabies can occur in any wild animal, but with opossums it's unlikely. Their body temperature is too low for the rabies virus to survive.
  4. Sealing the entry points. After removal of the opossums, you need to seal the openings to prevent them from returning. This can be done with galvanized hardware cloth, screws, and solar seal.

How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Opossums?

Opossum trapping is the best and really the only method to get rid of them. Charging for opossum trapping is much like trapping raccoons, squirrels, or skunks. We charge a flat rate fee for the inspection and set up of traps. During the inspection, we come out to your home to survey the property and strategically set traps. Depending on the location of your home you may expect to pay an inspection and set up fee of $250. Typically for opossums, we charge a flat rate cost or we may charge a per-trip charge. Per animal, the cost could be anywhere from $60-$100 depending on the placement of the traps and the location of your property. Trip charges depend on the location of your property. A flat rate charge is the method we usually use for opossums. At an added cost once the opossums are trapped and removed we can also screen off decks or fill in holes to keep them from returning. For a free detailed quote click on the free price quote button.

Disclaimer: At Michigan Wildlife Solutions, LLC we reserve the right to turn some trapping jobs down. During our exclusion seasons or other busy times, we reserve the right to not take on any animal trapping jobs. Like most companies these days we are short on staff. It takes a dedicated full-time animal trapper to remove many nuisance wildlife from homes and properties. Wildlife does not operate on a 9-5 schedule during the week. We have to have someone available 7 days a week in order to provide the best and most humane services possible We also must adhere to strict laws and guidelines provided by the DNR. Please reach out to us 7 days a week to see if we have an animal trapper in your area.

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If you have an Opossum problem and you live in Michigan we service you. Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia, Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Otisville, Swartz Creek, Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford,Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland. For more areas we service visit our locations page.

Other Nuisance Wildlife We Service

Bats

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Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats harbor more viruses than rodents and are capable of spreading disease over a wider geographic area owing to their ability to fly and their migration and roosting patterns. Bat-borne viruses are transmitted via bat bite and transfer via saliva, as well as aerosolization of saliva, feces, or urine. Bats invading human living and working spaces will normally offensively attack by biting and urinating on the victim to mark the victim's location.

Birds

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Birds in Michigan can sometimes cause more damage than any nuisance wild animal. There nest are filled with bacteria and fungi. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry: Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Salmonellosis and many more. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings. The birds we generally deal with that give problems to homeowners and industrial buildings are pigeons, chimney swifts, starlings, sparrows, and swallows and woodpeckers.

Mice

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Poison Free Mice Removal

A mouse, plural mice, is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. They give birth to a litter of 3–14 young . One female can have 5 to 10 litters per year, so the mouse population can increase very quickly. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. Mice can get inside homes to get warm and to build nests in hiding places that provides them with easy access to food. Living with mice can create several problems and make life much more uncomfortable in your home. Mice are known to carry a number of diseases that can spread to humans, such as: Leptospirosis, Hantavirus , Salmonella, Plague and many more.

Raccoons

Raccoon Removal Service

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The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 16 to 28 inches and a body weight of 11 to 57 lb. Raccoon's are probably the most recognized animal in the Michigan wildlife. They are great climbers and are found in dumpsters, sheds, garages, factories, chimneys and house attics. Raccoon's are primarily nocturnal scavengers in the cities looking through dumpsters and garbage cans for food. They will also eat fish and other small wildlife. Raccoon's look for areas in your attic or chimney to build their dens, often times to have their young. Raccoon's are loud walking around in attics. They destroy insulation and defecate all over the attic. They carry many disease like rabies, distemper, and their feces carries eggs of roundworm which can hatch and become harmful to humans.

Squirrels

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Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. Sometimes squirrels will live in soffits and attics. They bring hazardous material into your attic and can also damage the insulation with nesting, droppings and urine. It’s very important to know that 25-30 percent of all house fires are caused by rodents chewing on the wires inside your attic and walls. Besides, they can carry many diseases communicable to humans such as: plague, Colorado tick fever, encephalitis, tularemia, and louse-borne typhus.

Skunks

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Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. Skunks are recognizable with their black and white stripes. Generally skunks live under deck and porches. They dig holes and create dens underground and feast on grubs and other insects below your soil. They also get into your garbage looking for food. Skunks are near sighted animals and use their sense of smell to maneuver around. Skunks will spray an unbearable odor out their anus up to 10 feet if they feel threatened. A warning sign skunks feel threatened is by stopping their feet and raise their tail. If this happens, back away slowly. Besides, skunks will spray your dog or cat if they feel threatened. The most harmful disease they can pass to humans and pets too is rabies.

Groundhogs

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The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae . You will find groundhogs in open plains or digging holes and living underground. Groundhogs are found living under decks, in rock walls, and in hills. They are vegetarians and eat plants, grass, flowers, and other vegetation. They dig holes under sidewalks and rock walls creating the cement and rocks to come tumbling down. Groundhogs live under decks close to homes so they are often found pestering pets. They can also carry groundhog ticks, which spread Lyme disease to humans.

Beavers

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The beaver (genus Castor) , is a large, primarily nocturnal and semiaquatic rodent. In fact they are the second-largest rodent in the world , just after the capybara. Beavers maintain and defend territories, which are areas for feeding, nesting and mating. Beavers are major nuisance animals around crops, homes, and forest. They chew down hundreds of trees and cause home owners problems to their forestry. The major problem is the damns they build. Damns will cause flooding into yards around homes and sometimes create flooding in basements which can cause major damage to the home.

Coyotes

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The coyote (Canis latrans) is a canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the gray wolf. Coyotes are carnivorous and prey on rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickens and other small animals. Among large North American carnivores, the coyote probably carries the largest number of diseases and parasites such as: rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, four strains of equine encephalitis, and oral papillomatosis. Coyotes are known to live in woods and secluded areas, but in Michigan they are found in urban areas and cities preying on house pets like dogs and cats.

Fox

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Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves and coyotes. Fox are predators and prey on chickens, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small animals. The most common disease they can transmit to humans is toxocariasis from the roundworm. Two types of fox in Michigan are usually spotted, the grey and red fox. Like coyotes fox have become urbanized and prey on home owners small dogs and cats. If dog food is left out they will even eat that.

Muskrats

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The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America . They can grow up to two feet long .In Michigan muskrats live in rivers, streams, and ponds. Muskrats generally eat vegetation like weeds and cattails, but sometimes they will even eat small fish and frogs. Muskrats burrow into walls of ponds creating caving, sliding, and erosion. They also destroy vegetation in home owners ponds. We have found muskrats living in coy ponds eating fish and destroying pumps and heaters. Muskrats are known carriers of a number of diseases: Tularemia, leptospirosis, ringworm, pseudotuberculosis and many more.

Opossums

Opossum Removal Service

Humane Opossum Trapping

The opossum is a marsupial of the order Didelphimorphia , endemic to the Americas. Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young in. They have long prehensive tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. Opossums give off a strong odor and often times find places like your garage or under your deck to die. No one likes the smell of a decaying animal. They also get into dog food and annoy home owners pets. Opossums carry diseases such as tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments.

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