name is David, and I am a nuisance
wildlife removal expert. This website is
a resource to help educate people about
wild animals, and some of the problems
that wildlife can cause. This website
contains many guides to help you solve
your critter problem. I have also
written several information articles
about the most common nuisance wildlife
species, just click your animal.
Wildlife removal is not easy. It is also
fraught with health and safety risks.
Most wildlife control situations are
significantly more complex than they may
seem. It is also illegal in most US
states for non-licensed persons to trap
or relocate wild animals. In, not all,
but many cases, critter removal is not a
|HUMANE HINTS: Sometimes you
don't need to remove wildlife at all!
When possible, use exclusion, rather
than trapping, techniques. Always be
aware that an animal in your attic
likely has a nest of babies inside.
NEVER attempt to poison a mammal. Set
traps in shade, and never leave an
animal in a trap for more than a few
hours. If you are uneducated, please
enlist the help of a professional.
If you wish to hire professional help, I have
complied a directory of expert wildlife removal
specialists, covering over 500 different US
cities and towns. I have spent significant time
talking to these companies, and have even
directly trained many of them, and believe that
the companies in this directory are superior to
most of the companies you may find in your own
search. Just click your state on the below map,
and you will find a good wildlife expert in your
area. Updated weekly, current 2018.
If you have any additional questions about your
wildlife problem, feel free to email me, or go
ahead and click the above map, and talk to the
person I have listed in your city or town. They
will surely be able to answer your wildlife
questions, and if you wish, they can give you a
price quote and quickly solve your problem -
usually same-day or next-day.
I have personally trained many of the operators
on this list. However, since I do list companies
in over 500 US cities and towns, I of course did
not train them all. However, I have spoken with
all of them, and I do know that they are all
dedicated wildlife control specialists, not
big-name pest control companies. I have listed
them for many years, and have not heard any
complaints about their services - but I
certainly have heard many compliments! However,
if you should ever have a bad experience with
any of the wildlife operators that I recommend,
let me know, so that I can talk to them and
perhaps revise my listings to someone better.
Just give them a call, talk to them, and see for
This month's featured wildlife removal
Is it Safe to Handle an Opossum with Bare Hands?
Opossums are not harmful animals, yet they might get defensive if they feel threatened. Even so, it is not safe to handle an opossum with bare hands. If you need to catch an opossum without using a special trap for it, you are highly recommended to wear thick gloves and keep it away from you.
How to Catch an Opossum without Traps
Whether you want to catch an opossum quickly and you donít have any traps, or you just want to catch it without a trap because you feel courageous about doing it, you still need to know a few things before trying to catch it by hands. Although opossums arenít aggressive animals, they might still try to defend themselves if they feel threatened Ė which they would very likely feel if you try to catch them. However, it is also possible that they would play possum Ė which is when they act dead Ė but you never know how they would react. So here is what you should do when you want to catch an opossum by hands:
Reasons for Not Handling Opossums with Bare Hands
- Put on a pair of thick gloves, for your safety Ė it is totally not recommended to try to catch it with bare hands
- Carefully approach the opossum you wish to catch
- Wave one of your hands in front of the opossumís face to distract it
- With your other hand, grab the opossumís tail
- Lift the opossum and keep it as far away as possible from your body
- Move it wherever you want, as far away as possible from your property, if you donít want it to ever come back again
There are several reasons why it is not recommended to handle an opossum with your bare hands:
- You donít want to get hurt. Opossums are not aggressive, yet they might hurt you if they feel threatened
- You donít want to risk getting rabies. Although opossums are highly resistant to rabies, and they rarely carry rabies, you surely donít want to risk getting any problems
- Opossums are wildlife Ė and one of the first recommendations regarding wildlife is not to touch them with your bare hands, for several reasons, including hygiene concerns
It is definitely not recommended to handle opossums with bare hands. In case you want to catch them by hand, always wear a pair of gloves. However, even if you handle them with bare hands or with gloves, thoroughly wash your hands after you handle any opossum. If you need to catch an opossum, ensure your safety, or call a professional to help you handle the situation.
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