POSSUM CONTROL & REMOVAL IN FLORIDA
possums are common in central Florida. They are unique for several reasons. They are the only North
American marsupials. This means that females have a pouch on the belly where the young, up to 13,
are carried and nourished for a time after their birth. Possums also have a prehensile tail, from
which they occasionally hang. They are also known for "playing possum", or feigning death, as a
defense tactic. Adult possums are typically about two feet long and about ten pounds. They are
omnivorous, and will eat almost anything, including carrion and garbage. Possums are excellent
climbers, and have a very strong immune system. They are nocturnal, and if you keep an eye out at
night, you might spot one crossing the road.
concerns: The opossum complaints I receive are usually due to one of five reasons:
have taken up residence under a porch or shed.
2) They are stealing garbage, pet food, or harassing pets.
3) They have taken up residence in an attic and had possum babies.
4) They have invaded a home, under the floorboards, or in the walls.
5) An opossum has died under the home or in an attic, causing odor.
I frequently deal with opossums in attics, a fact which surprises many people. Possums in attics can leave a real
mess with their large droppings. Possums can also carry various parasites and diseases. They are not the cleanest
of animals, and carry a strong odor. The worst odor, however, occurs when a possum dies in an attic, crawl space,
or wall of your home, office, or building. You definitely want to have it removed, because the odor is