Opossum, Didelphis Virginiana, is not only a common invader of crawlspaces, attics, sheds, and garages, it is also an invader to Washington State. Originally not found anywhere west of the Mississippi River, Opossums were introduced to California in the 1850’s during the San Francisco Gold Rush as a source of food for the miners. They have steadily expanded their range since then, but were held back from entering the Evergreen State by the Columbia River. The first official sighting of an Opossum in Washington state was in Kelso in 1943, just a few short years after the completion of the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
The word “opossum” is originally derived from a Native American Algonquin word. There is some debate over the meaning of that word whether it meant “the quiet one” or “white face”. Both are apt descriptions of Opossums and given their quiet and skittish behavior, is probably why most people don’t realize they have an infestation until they smell it.
Opossums, often called just “Possums”, will damage Insulation and Heating Ducts, and will leave large piles of droppings and urine in their den. It’s important to hire an Opossum Removal professional right away to prevent further damage to your home.
Trapping is an good start to Opossum Removal because not only are opossums relatively easy to capture, they also are an invasive species which is detrimental to some of our native wildlife, and reducing populations is helpful for the environment. Currently, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Requires all Opossums captured to be Euthanized if removed from the tax parcel they were captured on. Relocation of Opossums is illegal, and punishable by fines.
Even with the animals removed after trapping, it won’t be long before new animals come looking, so a complete solution to an Opossum problem also includes reinforcing your home. All the places they got in before need to be secured, and any weak spots also need to be reinforced. Your home is your castle, and I can make it a fortress. I am not just a trapper, and I can make sure your home is never invaded by Opossums, or any other wild animal pest from mice to otters, again. I can also restore any damage done to your home and give you the peace of mind knowing you are secure from infestations.
Jack Russell Wildlife Control, Born and Bred for Varmint Security.