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Opossum Extermination or Possum Exterminator

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The term opossum extermination isn't really a fair term. opossum aren't like insect pests, and they aren't really exterminated. An exterminator is someone who kills something, typically insect pests, often through the use of poison sprays. Possum are not dealt with in this manner. You wouldn't call an insect killing extermination company to take care of a opossum problem. If you need opossum taken off of your property because they are causing opossum damage, you need a professional wildlife trapper to solve the issue.



This is a photo of a opossum caught in a trap. It will be physically removed from the home it was caught at. This will stop the problems that the animal was causing on the property, problems such as breaking and entering, stealing pet food, threatening your pets, or creating a biohazard with waste and fleas. Wildlife management and control is different from extermination, so if you want a pro to come and take care of your opossum situation, call one of the experts listed.

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It makes perfect sense to want to get rid of a possum problem as quickly as you can, but one route that you should probably not take is the poisoning route, and for a number of reasons. You may just find that poisoning is an effective method for small animals, such as rats, but in reality, it doesn’t really work when it comes to larger animals.

Generally, people will use rat poison to kill opossums, and although it might work, it can take a long time to do so. Most rats will be killed within a couple of days after eating the poison, but with opossums, it can take as much as four weeks, which as you can very well imagine, will be a long and very painful death indeed! Of course, there are other things that you are going to need to think about as well – the opossum could die in your home, leaving you hunting for the whereabouts of a dead carcass, and you could also harm small children in your community, as well as killing or maiming other wildlife that you may want in your garden, as well as household pets that may or may not belong to you.

There are humane reasons why you shouldn’t use poison to get rid of an opossum as well as practical reasons – usually the opossum will die of other causes relating to the poison, such as internal bleeding, blood loss or anemia, which are all very painful.

In reality, although poisoning may be an effective method of killing rats or mice, it just doesn’t work out to use it for larger wildlife such as the opossum. There are many other methods that you could turn to, and it is well worth thinking about those before you resort to this very inhumane way of dealing with the problem.

You may be wondering if you can keep opossums away, or even kill them, with natural predators. Read more on my do opossums have natural predators page.

AAAnimal Control is a professional nuisance wildlife control company. It is my goal to provide information so that you can solve your possum problem in an effective and responsible manner. Wildlife services include animal trapping, capture & removal, plus animal damage repairs and preventative measures. You can always browse this site for more details and info about opossum removal. If you live elsewhere in the US and have found this site and need a local possum trapper in your area, click here for a nationwide list of 100's of professional opossum removal experts.