How to Get Rid of Opossums?

Opossums are not the most destructive creatures that we come across in our line of work but they tend to make a mess - especially when they find a way into your garbage or home. Living in California, we see our fair share of these wild animals lurking in the middle of the night. So how can you get rid of these wild animals if they found a way into your home?

Region and Identification

If you are in our service area of Sacramento, Elk Grove, San Joaquin, Yolo, Napa, El Dorado, or Placer County and you are sure its an opossum then what you are seeing is a Virginia opossum (Dedeliphis virginiana) commonly found throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Before you decide how to get rid of an opossum, verify that the animal you see is, in fact, an opossum. This will help your wildlife removal expert come equipped with the right tools to remove the animal from your home.


Your main concern about the opossum you see in your home may stem from the concern that the animal carries diseases such as rabies. While opossums do carry certain diseases, they are resistant to rabies and do not carry this disease. According to the University of California:

“Opossum carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Opossum are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments.”

Getting Rid of Opossums

When opossum removal is essential, we recommend hiring a wildlife professional to avoid the risk of being attacked by the animal or contracting a disease. The team at Perry's Wildlife Control can develop a plan for extracting the opossum and keeping them away from your home in the future.

How To Get Started

Don't waste another minute. Schedule your FREE consultation and we will get to work putting your opossum concerns behind you.

Our Process

Phone Consultation

The first step is to get on the phone and get an understanding of your situation to determine the best plan to rid you of the unwanted rodent. This consultation is quick and we can call you or you can call us. There is always someone standing by to answer your call. 24/7/365


Using methods including traps and baits, we will get rodents out. Then we will patch, seal and secure any vulnerable entry points to keep intruders out for good.


At an agreed-upon date, we will come back out and check on the traps and determine if is additional work needed to be done to trap and exclude the rodent.

Our Service Areas:

Sacramento County

  • Carmichael
  • Elk Grove
  • Folsom
  • Galt
  • Greenhaven
  • Pocket
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Rancho Mureitta
  • Sacramento
  • Wilton

Placer County

  • Granite Bay
  • Lincoln
  • Roseville

San Joaquin County

  • Lodi
  • Stockton

Napa County

  • Napa

Yolo County

  • Davis
  • West Sacramento
  • Woodland

El Dorado County

  • El Dorado Hills
  • Shingle Springs
  • Rocklin

You can trust Perry's Wildlife Control will take care of your opossum problem

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