District Wildlife Solutions provides opossum trapping and removal. We know everything about the opossums of Maryland, and specialize in the safe, humane, and effective removal and prevention of opossums from home
and property. Opossums require speciual trapping considerations, and we have the correct traps, tools, and experience to properly address the unique characteristics of opossums. Call us now at 202-997-3410 for Washington DC area opossum removal.
Virginia oossum - The opossum, known to many people as the possum, is a marsupial of nomadic tendencies. It has an indiscriminate palate, and will scavenge food from just about anywhere. The animals will remain in an area as long as there is food and water, reasons why they can become potential nuisance animals. When frightened, the possum is famous for its ability to “play dead”. This defense mechanism occurs when the marsupial faints, or goes unresponsive, while a foul odor is created by two glands within the rectum. This smell is akin to that of death, and most predators will pass the possum by, thinking it to be dead and decomposing. This is not a conscious act; the possum cannot control it. Despite common depictions of the possum hanging by its tail in a tree, this cannot happen in adults and is very rarely seen in the young. The tail of the possum acts like an additional hand, gripping branches and providing support for climbing. The possum is still hunted as a game animal in many parts of The United States; its meat commonly replaced in recipes for chicken. A home remedy for chest congestion involves possum oil which contains high volumes of fatty acids.
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