Opossum Diseases & Humans

Despite their harmless reputation, opossums carry a multitude of diseases that can be passed to people. Some of the more serious include leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, and Chagas disease.

In addition, an opossum hosts a number of parasites in its fur, such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. These infestations can cause further problems for people, homes, and pets.

Dangers of Opossum Bites

It is far less likely for opossums to carry rabies than rodents and other animals. However, reports of opossum rabies do occur, and people should still be cautious if they receive an opossum bite. The animals have 50 sharp teeth and will use them to defend themselves.

When yards are overrun with these rat-faced pests, opossum diseases are a real threat to homeowners. Contact Trutech for safe exclusion and removal.