What’s With the “O”?
There have been a lot of conflicts and confusions regarding the opossums and possums being the same animal. To some extent, it won’t be wrong to say that these two are same. Surprised right? Here is the main reason for this confusion. The American possums are the opossums. However, they are referred to the Australian possums which have forced people to think of them the same animal.
Call 'em whatever you like... Either way, we can handle your Oproblem...
Opossums (Possums): Opossums are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of scavenging and living in attics and under houses. The most common complaints include the following:
- Opossums living in the attic
- Opossums living under deck or house
- Dead opossum on property or roadside
- Stealing pet food or bird seed
- Sick, potentially dangerous opossum
- Presence is alarming dogs/pets
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed.
OPOSSUM DISEASES: Opossums actually don't often carry rabies. They have a lower than average body temperature, and the virus doesn't survive well. They do carry a large amount of parasites, however, and thus are vectors for the diseases that fleas, ticks, etc can transmit. They also leave a lot of droppings, which pose the usual excrement health risks, such as leptospirosis or Salmonella.