Did you know that Opossums help our environment every day?
It’s true! Opossums are excellent vermin vacuums! Each day they feast on cockroaches, rats, mice, snails, slugs, and they are immune to the venom of poisonous serpents, so they even eat rattlesnakes too!
Most importantly, it has been confirmed that Opossums can help remove and kill a large part of tick population! According to many recent studies, a single opossum might kill an astonishing 5,000 ticks in a week.
“Because many ticks try to feed on opossums and few of them survive the experience. Opossums are extraordinarily good groomers it turns out – we never would have thought that ahead of time – but they kill the vast majority – more than 95% percent of the ticks that try to feed on them. So, these opossums are walking around the forest floor, hoovering up ticks right and left, killing over 90% of these things, and so they are really protecting our health.” – Ecologist, Rick Ostfeld
Next time you see Opossum crossing the road, TRY to NOT hit it! They are just doing their best to clean up the NASTY VERMIN out there!!!
We need something to help reduce the tick population and the spreading of Lyme Disease. These little guys are a part of the solution …. Plus they’re super cute!
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