Opossums or as most people call them Possums are important pests, They will prey on chickens and their eggs; they destroy field crops, they can be vectors of diseases due to their fleas, ticks, and mites and they can bite when cornered.
Ranging in size from 25 inches to 40 inches long, they can be 10 inches to 21 inches tall and weigh 4 to 14 pounds. They have a whitish face with white hairs on their body with blackish tips. Their snout is long and pinkish with large eyes. They have short legs with a long, semi-naked, prehensile tail.
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They are marsupials and can mate anytime there is ovulation. The gestation period is 12 to 13 days. They can have 1 to 14 in a litter. When the young is born they are about the size of a navy bean, they then crawl into the mothers pouch where they are suckled for about 2 months after which they will crawl onto the mothers back until they can find food for themselves.
Possums have good eyesight, good hearing and are good climbers. They live solitary and are nocturnal. When cornered they will hiss or "play dead" hence the old saying playing possum.
Possums prefer to feed on insects, frogs, snakes, small mammals, earthworms, berries, corn, fish and garbage. They live in wooded areas in hollow logs and trees, under boulders or buildings or in structures from whence the forage each might for food.
Gulf Coast Exterminators prefers to perform live trapping and removal when trying to control possums in the Houston area. Our preferred method is that of a live catch trap. All trapped animals are relocated to a natural habitat away from a human population.
There are no chemical controls for possums; however, some animal repellents have been used effectively. Other controls can include stoppage and fencing.
Possums are a popular Houston pest we get service calls for to perform Wildlife Control. Call us today at (281) 449-7404 and let Gulf Coast Exterminators help you with your Possums problem.
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