Signs of Opossums Nests in Trees

Trees are popular nesting sites for opossums because they provide protection and food. The pests are capable climbers, as they have sharp claws that can dig into bark and long tails used to grip onto branches for extra support. Opossums like to move into tree holes or dens left behind by other animals such as squirrels. Opossum nests in trees are lined with grass, hay, leaves, and cotton-like materials for insulation.

Damage & Problems

Once opossums establish nests in trees, they cause damage around yards by foraging in gardens, chicken coops, and trash bins. They also break into homes and pilfer insulation from walls to use in their dens. The area surrounding an opossum nest in a tree can become messy with droppings and discarded trash.

Opossums also host fleas, ticks, lice, and mites, which they pass along to household pets. Furthermore, home residents are susceptible to tularemia, leptospirosis, spotted fever, and other diseases linked to opossums when the pests are present. Since opossums nesting in trees endanger people and pets in the area, property owners should contact the professional wildlife removal specialists at Trutech as soon as they spot nests.