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Wildlife Removal 

First Response Pest Control

Eliminating the danger, damage, & nuisance of unwanted animals.

Providing Affordable Pest Control Solutions in Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Lantana, Corinth, Argyle, Denton and all of Denton County.

First Response Pest Control is your local Raccoon control and animal removal experts. Our staff of pest & wildlife specialists and animal removal technicians have the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively solve your Raccoon, Opossum, Rodents issues along with solving all of your pest issues. First Response Pest Control was created with the customer in mind; meaning professional service with fair and reasonable pricing. 
 

We do not use sales (inspecting) specialists that are driven by commissions; we openly post our pricing. 
Residential Wildlife Inspection is a flat $39.00 + tax/ Our technician will identify the issues to include pest type and entry points. 
Pricing: $199.00 which includes one trap; if additional traps are required there is a $25.00 charge for each additional trap.  Pricing includes follow up visits and relocation of wildlife humanely trapped.  To avoid undue stress on the animal we need to relocate and release as soon as possible, this will require you checking the traps and calling us as soon as possible. 
* Additional fee for Skunks. 
** The inspection fee is waived should you decide to use our services.  


We do not trap and relocate domestic animals i.e. dogs & cat/ Please call your local animal control office. 



 

IDENTIFICATION

An opossum is about the size of a house cat, has coarse grayish fur, a pointed face, and hairless, rounded ears. With its long hairless prehensile tail, the opossum can carry things such as nesting materials and even hang upside down from a tree branch.

Opossums are about 2 to 3 feet long, including the tail, and weigh up to 15 pounds, although most fall within the 4 to 7 pound range. Males are usually larger than females. Their feet resemble small hands with five widely spread fingers. All of the toes have a claw except for the opposable thumb on the rear foot. Opossums are well adapted for climbing. The opposable toe on the hind foot assists in holding on to small branches or similar structures.

DAMAGE

Opossums are considered a nuisance in gardens and near homes where they feed on berries, grapes, tree fruits and nuts, and defecate on garden paths and patios. They get into fights with dogs and cats and can inflict serious injury with their mouthful of sharp pointed teeth.

Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments. This flea infestation on opossums is particularly concerning for transmission of flea-borne typhus, which is increasing in prevalence in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

MANAGEMENT

Control methods for opossums are the same or similar to those for Skunks and Raccoons. Opossums do not usually become as numerous as raccoons and are not as objectionable as skunks. Opossums are highly adaptable and are great survivors. Once they have invaded a neighborhood they are probably there to stay so long as food, water, and shelter are available.

Detection

Because they are only active at night and low-light hours, opossums might never be seen as they travel through neighborhoods or yards. Barking dogs and disappearing pet food left out overnight may be the first apparent clues.

Sometimes strange-looking droppings (scat) may be found on garden paths, walkways, and patios, though typically opossums defecate in protected and leafy areas. The scat is difficult to describe as the omnivorous eating habits of the animal preclude an average size, shape, or texture.

Since opossums are messy feeders, you may find remnants of the previous night's foraging and feeding. An occasional visit by an opossum or a family of opossums may not present cause for concern unless you have pets that remain outdoors at night. Pet and opossum confrontations are relatively common and the pets are often injured. Early action may be warranted to avoid such a problem.

Trapping

Opossums are not wary of traps and can easily be caught with a box- or cage-type live-catch trap. Traps should be at least 10 x 12 x 32 inches in size and set along trails or known routes of travel. Fish-flavored canned cat food works well as trap bait but often attracts cats as well. To avoid this possibility, try using whole raw chicken eggs or jam or peanut butter spread on a bit of bread. Other baits can include overripe fruit such as grapes, bananas, or melons.

Live-trapping presents the problem of dealing with the animal once captured. Since it is illegal to relocate an opossum without a permit, those not wanting to deal with its disposal may prefer to hire a professional wildlife control operator. They are equipped to handle problem wildlife in a legal and humane manner.