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Customer Opossum Email: Hi, We have an opossum that seems to like our fenced yard. He digs under the fence and lets himself in our yard, and eats the dog food. I am not sure what to do. He seems like he was a pet, he has come into our yard 2 times now in the last week and both times, he didnt seem afraid of myself or my dog. The first time he came into the yard I grabbed the dog and went inside, last night when he came over, my husband chased him out with a stick, and filled in the hole. What should I do to keep him from coming back? Should I try to catch him and take him to a relocation place? Do you charge to come out? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks! Kristin

My Answer: You can install steel mesh under the fence so that the animal can't dig its way back in. Or you could have the animal trapped and removed and relocated.

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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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