Opossums under your house, deck, or in your crawl space? Those scents and sounds may well be an opossum. They are often considered nuisance animals. We trap and remove opossums. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective opossum removal and exclusion services.



Opossums are fairly large animals that can grow around 16 inches long and weigh 6-12 pounds. Including their tails, opossums average about 3 feet long. They are most identified by the animals:

  • Gray fur
  • White pointed faces
  • Long Tails
  • Prints in dirt/sand

Opossums hands look like small hands, including 5 fingers on each hand. Their feet contain opposable thumb digits that also help with climbing. 


Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America. Here they are found living in urban settings, woodlands, and open fields. Although they are found throughout the country, opossums cannot survive in areas of extreme cold. Wood areas near sources of water are the habitat preference of this animal. Wetlands, swamps, and thickets are ideal! Opossums are highly adaptable and can survive easily in urban environments.

Control Problems


If an opossum finds its way into your home, it is probably by accident. In search of food, opossums have been found entering homes using doggy doors and sniffing out local kitchens. More commonly, residents have found opossums finding shelter under porches, sheds, decks, and brush piles. Garbage can, gardens, and compost piles can be turned upside while the wildlife seeks out food.


 Opossums become aggressive when they feel threatened and are cornered. The animal will bite, scratch, bare teeth, and hiss in order to escape. Opossums have a short life span. If this animal is in your home and dies, the odor will be terrible. A dead carcass will cause much greater problems including hard to reach damages and more infestations. Opossums carry diseases that can be transmitted to people and pets. Opossums can also be infested with parasites including fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. If you find an opossum near your home, keep your distance and keep pets away.



Critter Control of Virginia Beach is experienced in safe and efficient removal. We ensure the opossum is safe, our technician is safe, and that you are safe. We will implement trapping and removal techniques that will get the opossum away from you and your family quickly! Trust Critter Control of Virginia Beach, the professionals, to get rid of your opossum problem.

Repair and Prevention

Not only does Critter Control of Virginia Beach remove the problem opossum, they repair damages and prevent future invasions! Critter Control of Virginia Beach is your full-service wildlife control company. Trust us to get rid of your opossum problem using long-term solutions and safe techniques!

Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area

Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of  Virginia Beach.