Yes, opossums love to live inside attics.

Customer Opossum Email: Hi David, Off and on my wife and I have heard sounds from our roof the past month or so. Last night to took a flashlight out and discovered a possum on our roof by our chimney. We have an odd shaped roof so I am hesitant to go on the roof to see if there is the beginning of an entry point to our attic. What would be the charge to check this potential problem out and to trap the critter? Do you have a service to trap and remove opossums from our attic? Also, do you seal up openings where they might be getting in. We have hired a Pest Control Company and we have tried to trap them ourselves, but have not been successful. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks. Sincerely, David

My Answer: If an animal is on a roof, it's usually there for a reason, and it's not for food. It's up there because there's likely attic access, and possums do live in attics. Call the company listed on my directory for your area, and have an inspection. Any competent company that I list will seal up all openings after the animals are trapped and removed.

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The opossum, also commonly called the possum, is actually named the Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), and it is the only marsupial native to North America. Possums have several unique traits. Most people know that they sometimes "play possum" which is a form of playing dead, and they also know that opossums can hang from their tails. But possums are unique in many other ways - they have a low body temperature that prevents many viruses and diseases from affecting them, that tail is prehensile (they can grip things with it) they have opposable thumbs, and they have 50 teeth, the most of any land mammal. They are very opportunistic and good climbers, which causes them to commonly break into decks, sheds, and attics, where they cause considerable damage, leave a lot of droppings, and they often die and stink in these areas. Thus, opossums are considered pest animals by many people, which is why I remove them. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Opossums page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or opossum control issues.

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