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Chicago Opossum Removal

Are there opossums in your home? Digging under your stoop, porch, or shed might mean you have unwanted visitors. If so, we can help. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources and methods to effectively remove opossums from your home. Give us a call at 1-847-870-7175 today.

Opossum Identification

ABC-Humane-Wildlife-OpossumNorth America’s only known marsupials, Opossums are roughly the size and shape of a house cat, but with shorter legs. They are grey and white in color. Opossums range in size from 24 and 33 inches long and typically weigh between 6 and 15 pounds. The Opossum has a narrow, tapered head and pointed, pink nose. Both the front and hind feet of include five curled toes and the inner toe on each foot is clawless and acts very much like an opposable thumb, allowing the animal to grab small branches.

They are nocturnal by nature and venture out of their dens in the evening in search for food. They are very secretive animals, slow and solitary. When chased, opossums will climb trees or hide in bushes or brush in search of safety. Known for “playing possum,” when under threat and unable to reach safety, an opossum will lie down, close its eyes and let its tongue hang out of its mouth, and excrete a very bad smelling substance. This reaction is caused by nervousness, but the opossum recovers quickly and will seize the opportunity to make a clean getaway.

Opossum Habitat

Opossums are common throughout the Midwestern and Eastern most of the U.S., including all of Illinois. Opossums range widely and build multiple dens throughout the year. Most live near wooded areas with access to fresh water; but many have adapted to urban and suburban areas as well. They seek shelter in dens created by other animals, under sheds or buildings, rock piles, brush piles, culverts and fallen logs.

For 35 years, ABC Wildlife has helped homeowners across Chicagoland deal with opossum problems, including:

  • Arlington Heights
  • Chicago
  • Naperville
  • Oak Brook
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Deerfield
  • Lake Forest
  • Highland Park
  • Glenview
  • St. Charles
  • Barrington
  • Elmhurst, and more

Opossum Damage

Opossums frequently burrow under structures near or around homes to create a den. They are found under decks, crawl spaces, front stoops and sheds. They can also burrow under the side of your home, creating significant damage to the foundation and siding. Opossums can enter your home or business via small existing holes and their claws and many teeth can damage siding, and other structural elements of your home or business.

Opossums typically create dens under porches throughout the year to nest and raise their young. They often can cause damage to concrete structures by digging underneath them. This can create subsidence which can degrade concrete structures.

Opossum Health Concerns

Opossums may seem mild and easy to deal with, but if you find an opossum living on your property do not approach it. Contact an expert to assist with removing the animal safely. Opossums can carry rabies, fleas and ticks (some of which are also carriers of disease). Opossums are also known carriers of leptospirosis (hemorrhagic jaundice), which can cause brain inflammation, kidney damage, liver failure and in extreme cases, death.

Contact an Opossum Removal Expert

You should contact a professional opossum removal and remediation service as soon as you identify any potential opossum problem. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 35 years of experience in opossum prevention and repair.

We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your opossum problem no matter how simple or complex and to address and fix the damage to your home or business. Every one of our clean, courteous, and professional staff members is trained in opossum removal, trapping, and control techniques and in how to identify opossums and prevent future opossum damage.

ABC Wildlife Opossum Service Area

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 35 years we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers and municipal customers dealing with opossum problems across the greater Chicagoland area, including:

  • Chicago, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Burr Ridge and most of Cook County.
  • Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn and all DuPage County.
  • Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Deerfield and most of Lake County.
  • Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Elgin and parts of Kane County.

Contact us today for a FREE telephone consultation. 1-847-870-7175

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
Martha Buchan – Lincolnshire, IL