It is not uncommon for one’s yard to have insects or pests that need to be eliminated. Most of them aren’t dangerous. Possums are large and ugly which causes people to worry more about them than other pests. In reality, they are relatively harmless unless have some type of disease such as rabies. Possums rarely do, but can carrying diseases such as typhus and can transmit parasites such as roundworms and fleas. In the end, like any other pest, they need to be eliminated from your property.
Find Its Entrance
If you have a possum living in your garage, house or yard, find its point of access. Spend time looking for holes that allow it access and sprinkle a layer of flour in front of the holes. Because they go out at night to look for food, look for footprints after sunset. This will reveal whether or not you have one possum or a family.
A possum may live in a house or under a deck. The animal can even choose to inhabit a garage or a shed. The process of getting rid of it means sealing an entry hole that won’t allow it access ever again. The possum will always come back, but will find a new home once the entry to his current home is sealed off.
Once you have eliminated possible entry points, you should place a trap for several weeks to prove that the possum has not found an alternate entry. Box traps are best as the animal is not harmed and can be removed to the woods. If you do succeed in trapping a possum, contact your locate wildlife control contractor and pay them to relocate the animal.
Stop it From Climbing
Many times a possum uses a tree to get access to its hiding spot. Stop them by climbing by wrapping all trees or poles with a flexible sheet metal or roof flashing. Trimming branches so that none touch or are within 6 feet of the roof is another way to keep a possum away.
Eliminate all Food Sources
Possums will eat anything including fruits, vegetables, plants, birds, birdseed, dog or cat food and compost. The easiest way to keep them away is to clean it up. Keep all garbage cans closed with a tight-fitting lid. Never leave food out for stray animals. If you have fruit trees, always pick up all of the fallen fruit.
Erecting woven wire or electric fencing is helpful for possum control. It is also a good idea to fence garden areas with at least four feet high of facing.
Possum Proof Your Yard
Make sure to get rid of any unnecessary debris such as leaf litter, unused cars or fallen trees. Always keep grass cut short and trim bushes regularly.
Bombard them with things they can’t stand the smell of. The most common method is putting ammonia in a coffee can and using an old towel to act as a wick to disperse the fumes. This will keep them away easily.
Are Possums Dangerous?
Generally possums are not dangerous if they are not rabid. Never corner a possum because they can be vicious and have a mean bite. Any chance of getting bit ups the chance of getting rabies, so never try to attack them. Generally a possum will play dead when it seems scared, if that happens, it most likely isn’t rabid. Seek help from a pest control specialist to approach a possum if these tips do not work for your possum issue. Any possum is trouble and can damage the exterior of your home in a hurry.