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If you’re wondering how to get rid of opossums, then look no further. When you need professional opossum control, Terminix Canada is here to help. Opossums are the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere. They are very efficient colonizers and survivors in Canada’s erratic climate. When opossums feel threatened, they’ll pretend to be a sick or dead animal, smell and all. They will seize up, allowing them to be prodded, moved, or carried away – all without a peep!

Being an evasive species, if you suspect you have opossums living in your business, it’s important you contact Terminix Canada for humane opossum removal. After all, it’s illegal to relocate opossums in many areas, so a professional team of opossum control specialists will humanely remove and relocate opossums in accordance with the law.

Opossums In Canada


Size: Up to 55 cm in length.

Colour: Grey fur with brown, red or black shades.

Behaviour: Similar to freeloading friends, once an opossum has settled in and is comfortable in your space, they are very difficult to remove. They are normally solitary and nomadic, and make their homes near food.


Frequently Asked Questions

Although opossums don’t hibernate, they still seek out dens that are dry, sheltered and safe during winter. However, they will be active the rest of the year.

Once an opossum has decided to make your business their home, it can be very difficult to get rid of them. They are opportunistic omnivores, surviving on a diet of both meat and vegetation.

Opossums have a very robust and hardy immune system. They have partial-to-total immunity from the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and other pit vipers. Opossums eat ticks and other nasty insects that may be nesting outside of your premises. They also are very unlikely to carry any diseases for this same reason. About 1 in 800 opossums carry the rabies virus, for example.

They do however, tip over trashcans to find food, steal from gardens and damage ductwork or insulation when looking for a place to build a den. They can spread disease in their feces or carry fleas, ticks and lice.

Many opossums live in thick woodlands, swamps, bogs and marshes. However, many live in residential areas and can enter businesses looking for a place to build their den. They are attracted to plants, fruits, grains, seeds, insects, birds, pet food and garbage.

They are also very good climbers, using their prehensile tails to climb trees and can enter your business through your roof.

Effective opossum removal starts by eliminating overhanging trees and removing food sources from around your premises. Also make sure garbage bins are always sealed and secure, as opossums go looking for food in bins, similar to raccoons.

If you have dark, damp spaces around your business, make sure they are sealed shut with mesh wire to limit potential nesting spots.

Once you have opossums in your business, you don’t have time to google how to get rid of opossums. It’s important that you act fast and call in the professionals. Let Terminix Canada safely and humanely remove opossums from your business before they cause trouble.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of possums, the information on this page is still valuable.

Here’s the thing. Possums and opossums are not the same animal; however, they are both marsupials. Opossums are found in North America, while Possums are found in Australia. However, many people in North America will shorten opossum to possum when talking about the cute but funny looking grey and black creatures. So if you hear someone asking how to get rid of possums, what they’re really asking is how to get rid of opossums. 

How Terminix Canada Opossum Control Works

Opossum Inspection

On your initial service, we’ll hunt high and low for opossums and their hiding spots, documenting our findings in a comprehensive inspection.

Opossum Defence

After inspecting and investigating your opossum problem, Terminix Canada devises a unique removal plan that includes permanent humane wildlife solutions to prevent opossums returning. Our trained staff humanely trap, remove, and effectively sanitize problem areas to make sure opossum mess is cleaned up.

Opossum Monitoring

If opossums come back to your business, so will we. Our custom opossum control techniques adapt with the seasons to address seasonal wildlife activity in your area.

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