Opossum Situations & Solutions

opossum © Karen A Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
© Karen A Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

Virginia opossums and people rarely come into conflict. If an opossum dens in an undesirable location, usually the best solution is patience; the animal will probably move on after a few days.

Opossums in Your Home

The best way to keep opossums and other wild creatures out of homes and other structures is to exercise prevention. Make sure all entrances to likely den sites in your house are closed off.

If a Virginia opossum has already established residence, wait until it leaves on a feeding foray. Once you’re absolutely certain that the tenant is out, close the access. Opossums adjust easily to eviction.

Orphaned Opossums

Virginia opossums are often struck by vehicles, probably because of their slow gait, low intelligence, and fondness for carrion. Because they rely on their mother’s pouch, young opossums are particularly vulnerable if a mother is killed.

If you encounter a litter of orphaned opossums, call MassWildlife 508-389-6300 for advice on the best course of action.

Opossums and the Law

Relocating wildlife is illegal in Massachusetts. It is detrimental to the well being of wildlife as well as the public. If sick animals are transported and released in other locations, diseases can be spread. Learn More