How to keep opossums away from your property
If you have opossums hanging around your house and yard, chances are
something there attracted them. Opossums are omnivores, and will eat
most anything. Insects, bugs, carrion, small mammals, eggs, small
invertebrates, baby birds, fruits, vegetables, garbage, seeds, pet
food , and other animal feed are on their diet. Police your yard!
Put garbage in cans with tight fitting lids, pick up unattended pet
food, and pick up any ripe fruit and veggies from you r garden. Do
not make bird and squirrel feeders easily accessible.
Do not make your place inviting to opossums! Dispose of any brush
piles, stacks of lumber, high growth, boxes etc. Be sure to keep the
door to your barn, woodshed, garage, boathouse, etc. shut tight.
Repair any gaps or holes in doors and siding. Catch it in a live
trap or exclusion funnel trap and have an animal removal service
take it away. For bait, use something smelly, like canned cat food,
apples, or fish. If you want to keep the opossum around, but run it
away from your home, you can try home remedies like ammonia and
mothballs. Opossums eat tons of bugs and ticks, are immune to most
snake venom, and not susceptible to rabies, so having them around
are not a bad thing.
They just need to be controlled. Watch the outside of your house at
night to see if you catch an opossum leaving. While they are out,
try lighting up the attic or under the porch where they are living.
As they are nocturnal, they will not like the light. You can also
try using a radio turned up loud. If you have found the possums
entry holes, get them blocked soon after the possum leaves for the
evening. Make sure no babies, or “joeys” are being abandoned. And
the place is made as unpleasant as possible for their return. Look
closely for any branches that opossums might use to get to your
house. Follow these tips and you should be able to remain opossum
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