Welcome to Pest Animal Bellingham! We are a wildlife removal company servicing Bellingham, WA. A wild animal infestation usually comes with its fair share of bad smells, and we've probably encountered them all over the years. That has left us with unnaturally strong stomachs, just perfect for dealing with those situations you can't … or just shouldn't! (We're kidding; we have normal stomachs, but we are super experienced in the removal of carcasses with the least amount of muss and fuss.) That's not all: we're experienced. Our friendly operatives have years of experience behind them, and they're all fully-trained, licensed, and insured, meaning that they are perfectly equipped to deal with whatever challenges a problematic pest might throw at them. With years of experience also comes a wealth of knowledge that only really comes with getting up close and personal with these creatures. With that knowledge also comes respect, and we respect each and every animal we come across, dealing with it in only the most humane ways. When dealing with rodents, we never use poison. In fact, we pride ourselves on taking the most humane approaches possible, and that's why live cage traps, preventative efforts, and exclusion devices will always be used before the death of any animal is considered. Call us now at 360-325-7034 for your Bellingham wildlife control needs.
About Pest Animal Bellingham and Our Services:
Over 70 million years ago there were dinosaurs walking the earth. Unbelievably, Bellingham opossums were there too. These
are some of the strangest creatures in the world. There are more than 60 varieties of opossum, the most famous
being the Virginia or common ‘possum. These animals are marsupials (pouched mammal). That means they have live
births like any other mammal, but their young develop in a pouch on their underbelly. They are the only marsupial
found in North America or Canada, and are cousins to the kangaroo and koala the female opossum is equipped with
a double uterus, and the male's penis is forked allowing him to impregnate her on each side at the same time.
After 12-14 days, the fertilized eggs inside the female hatch and travel under their volition to her pouch, where they will live and nurse. The babies crawl into it immediately after being born. These tiny Washington opossums are pink, hairless, and so small that about 50 could fit in a teaspoon. Around 90 days of age they are weaned, and leave the pouch. The “milk” the mother produces is very different from other mammals, as opossums are highly lactose intolerant. They will remain with their mother, usually riding on her back, until old enough to venture on their own. If a mother is killed, the baby opossums can survive on her body for about 48 hours. Opossums age quickly and so have short life span, living only 2-3 years. They are also the only living Bellingham mammal that has 50 teeth. It boasts a hairless and prehensile tail that allows it to carry things. It also has opposable thumbs on its hind feet that allow it to firmly grasp things and hang upside down.
They are extremely adaptable, and have excellent survival instincts. They are classified as omnivores, but are really “opportunistic feeders. This means that they will eat anything available to them. People often mistake them for a rodent because of their grey scruffy fur, long snouts, and naked tale, but there is no relationship. They can range in size from a very large Bellingham mouse to that of an average size cat.
Opossums are one of nature's best exterminators. They eat huge amounts of bugs including ticks and mosquito larvae. They love snails and cockroaches too. They have also been known to eat small invertebrates and other mammals (like rodents), eggs, amphibians, and carrion. They will come into populated areas and feast on left over feed, pet food, and rotted fruits or garden plants as well. Opossums are naturally immune to the venom of most poisonous Bellingham snakes, and are not susceptible to rabies, although they can carry the disease. Only about 1 in 800 opossums ever succumb to rabies. Despite their extreme tolerance against poison and many diseases, if attacked by another animal, an opossum will usually develop a usually fatal infection within 48 hours of being attacked. Opossums prefer to live alone. They are solitary creatures, coming together with other opossums only to breed, and females will live with their young. There are rare occasions in the wild where Washington opossums have formed a community and lived together in groups during periods of extremely bad weather. This is a commune formed for warmth and safety. They live a very nomadic life and spend almost all their waking hours foraging for food and drink.