The opossum is native to the U.S. and are often found in and around buildings. They have been known to create dens under porches, garages, decks and slabs and can also take up residence in the attics, basements, garages and in outbuildings. Possums have been known to raid uncovered garbage cans and tear into trash bags left out during the evening, and will look for fruit, pet food and apples, among other items. Possum control can be a challenge, because unless properly completed possums with find their way back and continue residing in unwanted space.
In addition to common nuisances, possums pose certain health risks associated with the species, and should be quickly trapped and controlled especially if children, elderly or pet animals are present in the situation. Possums have been known to transmit Tularemia to humans so they should be handled with care. It is also documented that the opossum is the carrier of other diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, leptospirosis and relapsing fever. Very few cases of documented rabies have been reported within the species.