Opossums are often regarded as a nuisance in and around the garden, particularly when they eat or trample plants. They can also search through trash cans and steal food from your pets. It can be difficult to get rid of an opossum, but with a little persistence, the backyard possum may be persuaded to relocate.
Possum Control in the Backyard
Understanding opossum behavior is the most effective strategy to address opossum problems. They prefer woodland regions or open fields near streams, though they will live in abandoned burrows, tree crevices, brush piles, and spaces beneath steps, decks, and barns.
Opossums are nocturnal creatures, which means they are active only at night and sleep during the day. As a result, it may be difficult to “see” them in your garden or on your property. They will, however, usually leave droppings, tracks overturned pet food bowls or garbage cans, and plant damage as evidence of their presence. Opossums are omnivores. They are known to consume fruits, nuts, insects, eggs, and small animals like frogs and mice are all eaten by backyard possums.
What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of an Opossum?
Opossum repellents and traps are common ways to control backyard possums. Another alternative is to use fencing.
- Opossum repellents - There are a variety of solutions on the market that are designed to keep these wild animals away. However, they usually provide limited effectiveness and are not a long-term solution. Other possum management tactics include using motion-activated sprinkler systems to startle and frighten the animals away.
- Traps - Opossum trapping is another popular approach for possum control. It's not as difficult to catch an opossum as it is to figure out what to do with it once it's caught. In most cases, this necessitates the assistance of a qualified (licensed) wildlife expert. Killing these animals should only be done as a last option, and most states do not allow it. Trapping them in a box or cage-like trap, however, is rather simple. Traps should be 10 by 12 by 32 inches in size (25 x 31 x 81 cm.). Place the traps along trails and well-traveled paths, baiting them with overripe melons, grapes, or bananas.
- Fencing: Opossum control may involve the installation of woven wire or electric fences. To prevent them from climbing over, garden fencing should be at least 4 feet (1 m) high, with the top foot (31 cm) or so pointing outward, away from the garden. Adding 3 to 4 inches (8-10 cm) of electric fencing over the top may also help.
However, the best defense is to make the environment less desirable to opossums. Pruning overgrown trees and shrubs are necessary. Fruit that has fallen from trees should be removed. The garbage lid should be tight, and pet food should not be left out overnight. Close or block any entrances or openings under or around the house.
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