THE OPOSSUM IN ILLINOIS

Oppossums commonly reach weights of 6 to 15 pounds and attain lengths of 24 to 33 inches. The Opossum is the only marsupial (carries its’ young in a pouch) in North America. Opossums have white fur tipped with gray or black and white guard hairs. They have a long, narrow snout, pink nose, and bare ears. The inner side of the ear is black. Their tails are nearly as long as their body and are almost hairless. Like raccoons and skunks, opossums are omnivorous and will eat carrion as well. They are scavengers and will help in removing carcasses in their home range. We are very effective at trapping and removing opossums. To prevent a wildlife intrusion by an opossum, be sure to discard all food waste in a properly sealed garbage container. Don’t leave pet food outside

REPRODUCTION

Opossums breed in late January and early February with some animals breeding again in May. Females have 1 to 2 liters per year. The average size liter size is 7 to 8 young. The female gives birth to underdeveloped young about 13 days after mating. At this stage, the young are about the size of a bumblebee and must crawl to their mothers’ pouch where they continue to develop. Young opossums leave the pouch when they are 2 to 3 months old but remain near the female so they can return to the pouch and nurse. During this stage of their life, they can be seen riding around on the females back. By the time they are 3 months old they will be weaned and on their own.

HABITAT

Opossums live near wooded areas and have adapted to urban areas. Opossums do not build their own dens. They take cover in abandoned dens of other animals, in and under sheds, decks, concrete porches and brush piles. Opossums are common throughout Illinois. A study of opossums in central Illinois estimated there were 300 opossums per square mile during mid-summer. Opossums are nocturnal (active at night). They are solitary except while females are raising their young. Opossums are generally shy and passive. When a opossum is threatened, it will stand still, bare its’ teeth, and hiss or growl. If this fails, it may pretend to be dead (playing possum).

OPOSSUM REMOVAL SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES

Nuisance Wildlife Control and Removal provides trapping, removal and remediation services in the following Illinois cities and villages: Addison, Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Coal Ciy, Crest Hill, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Darien, DeKalb, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Homer Glen, Hinsdale, Itasca, Joliet, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Lombard, Minooka, Montgomery, Morris, Naperville”>Naperville, New Lenox, North Aurora, Oakbrook, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Plainfield, Plano, Romeoville, Roselle, Sandwich, Schaumburg, Shorewood, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Prestbury, Tinley Park, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge and Yorkville.

Local Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews

Map of Orland Hills, IL

Birds in chimney





Map of Homer Glen, IL

Awesome all the way!!




Jerri was great caught all 3 racoons


Map of Joliet, IL

Owner




Great service


Map of Plainfield, IL

Great Service!




Jerry came out first thing the next morning after calling him late in the afternoon. He was very knowledgeable and friendly with a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend Nuisance Wildlife Trapping and will be calling Jerry for any future animal problems.


Map of Wilmington, IL

Very prompt and professional




Jerry did a Great job! He explained how our issue would be handled. His follow up after the trapping was complete was excellent as well. I highly recommend if you are in need of trapping services.


Map of Homewood, IL

Rescued from 9 skunks




Great service in removing the skunk family that had moved in under our doorstep. Very prompt response and made all trips necessary to be sure we were rid of all of them without any smelly mishaps.


Map of Plainfield, IL

great service




what a great experience..jerry not only caught my racoon..he contacted me every day to keep my updated.service like that us very hard to find. and a nice guy as well. 100% approval.... will call on him again ....


Map of Monee, IL

Owner




Great prompt service.


Map of Yorkville, IL

The Best Wildlife Trapping Service Period!




Called Jerry to have a raccoon removed he called me back within 5 minutes. He was almost half the cost of the other bids I received. He scheduled me in right away. Jerry is professional and extremely knowledgeable I wouldn't hire anybody else.


Response from Nuisance Wildlife Trapping:

It was a pleasure to assist you Gary. Thank you for your business.


Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 4 trapped and removed.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 trapped and removed .

Near Arthur Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 5 successfully trapped and removed.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 successfully trapped and removed .

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunks number 3 and 4 successfully trapped and removed at residence .

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Adult male skunk trapped and removed.

Near Thornapple Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Inspecting property for skunk den.

Near Forest Rd, Hinsdale, IL 60521