Dangers & Concerns Mostly considered minor nuisances, opossums become problematic when they decide to nest and forage near residential and commercial areas. The pesky critters disrupt homes, gardens, chicken coops, and areas reserved for pets while rummaging for food. When encountered directly, the creatures hiss and growl. Occasionally, opossums attack pets or even humans with their sharp, pointed teeth; however, opossum attacks are rare and unlikely. More commonly, the pests pretend to be dead and emit an awful stench from their anal glands when frightened. Opossums become dangerous with their ability to transmit diseases to pets and people. Known to carry leptospirosis, tuberculosis, coccidiosis, spotted fever, tularemia, and other diseases, the pesky creatures pose serious health threats when they invade urban environments. Furthermore, opossums serve as host animals to fleas, ticks, lice, and mites, which puts dogs and cats at risk of becoming infested with these parasites. Owners of horses should be aware of the dangers associated with opossums that carry a protozoan known as Sarcocystis neurona, which can lead to neurologic disease in equines. Removal The risk of sickness and property destruction from opossums is cause for immediate removal of the pesky critters. Trapping is problematic due to relocation issues, and unless the habitat is modified, new opossums will invade. The wildlife professionals at Critter Control attack the problem head on and work quickly to restore peace in homes and yards. Individuals with opossum problems should contact our experts as soon as possible to handle the issue before it gets out of control.