The Opossum is a well-known pest. They have made themselves at home at houses just like yours, but are they a pest? Certainly, they eat left over pet food and you might find them rooting around in the soil but besides those things what do possum do?
The Damage the Possum Cause
Possums can cause significant and costly damage to homes. Like raccoons, they need a warm, dry place to make a den and birth their young. Unfortunately, they are highly attracted to attics and outbuildings. If they can find a way into your attic, they will make themselves at home. They are not quite as destructive as raccoons in that they will not dig holes in your roof, but if they find an opening, they will try to enlarge it. The most extensive damage they do comes from their scat, and they are just happy to fill up your attic with it. They also will pull down insulation for nesting material. All of these behaviors add up to expensive repairs for homeowners.
Possums are Wild Animals
While not very aggressive, possums are still wild animals. They meander along looking for food and sometimes they will scatter if you turn on the porch light. Their biggest defense is to play dead which is a kill joy for most predators. Many predators have a pray-driven response, so when something runs from it, it chases and kills it. Possums do just the opposite – they play dead. However, if you corner a possum or try to pick it up it will bite you, and their mouth is full of very sharp needle-like teeth.
The Benefits of Possums
Possums are natures answer to ticks. They love to eat ticks, and they roam throughout the underbrush looking for ticks. Ticks spread many diseases from Lyme disease to typhus. If you live in an area with high transmission rates for Lyme disease, then maybe possums are not such a bad thing to have around.
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