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Compared to other wildlife pests, opossums are not particularly dangerous creatures. Although they carry diseases, they will rarely bite and scratch anything that confronts them, choosing instead to either hiss or, if placed under extreme stress, play dead. Additionally, their prehensile tail makes them very nimble when climbing trees, fences, or walls to escape predators rather than fight back.
But despite their gentle nature, they will, like any other mammal, invade homes or gardens in search of food or shelter. This is especially likely during the winter months, as opossums do not hibernate as they cannot store fat in the same way as other creatures. As a result, they can be a nuisance in yards and will find shelter in the attics of homes, underneath porches, inside sheds, etc.
Fortunately, however, they do not have a habit of digging, clawing, or gnawing their way through materials like other pests, for example, gophers, bats, or squirrels. This means they are highly unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your home. But because they carry diseases, they still need to be removed safely and properly by taking the following steps:
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