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Natural Opossum Deterrents

Opossums can be considered as the only marsupials who are living in North America. They tend to develop their own pouch, which is quite similar to the pouch of kangaroos. If you can find these animals around your house, you should take appropriate measures to get rid of them. That's because living with these animals can be painful and it can lead you towards numerous negative consequences in the long run.  Here are some of the best methods available for you to consider in order to stay away from the frustration caused by opossums. In fact, we will share some of the best natural deterrent methods available to consider. You can simply go through these methods and pick the best one out of them to stay away from the pain caused by opossums.

  • Remove everything that attracts opossums
As the very first thing, you need to understand the things that attract opossums. Then you should take appropriate methods in order to remove the things that attract opossums. For example, if you can find any fallen fruits, berries and birdseed in your garden, you should take appropriate methods to remove them. On the other hand, you need to make sure that you aren't feeding the pets outside. Even if you feed, you need to make sure that there aren't any leftovers.  You need to make it a habit to scrub the barbecues and grills after use as well. In addition to that, you need to secure compost and garbage within animal proof containers. You need to be using tight fitting lids for them. You should also remove logs and woodpiles, which opossums can use to discover shelter.
  • Reduce accessibility 
Once you remove the things that attract opossums, you should take appropriate measures to reduce accessibility. You can begin the job by trimming all the tree beaches that are closer to your roof. While you do that, you should also keep in mind that opossums are excellent tree climbers. They are in a position to jump up to a distance of over 10 feet. Hence, you need to trim the branches accordingly while keeping this in mind. You must also close down all the entryways to garages, sheds, basements and poultry houses that you have in your home.
  • Pick the right control method 
If these methods are not delivering the best results to you, you should pick the right control method and go ahead. This is where an opossum trap will be able to assist you with. It is better if you can time implementing the opossum trap as well. In fact, you should think about implementing it during the early winter. Then you will be able to get rid of opossums before they begin their breeding season. Along with that, you must also understand that opossums are nocturnal animals. Hence, you need to keep the opossum traps in place throughout the night. You can use fish as a bait in the opossum traps as well.

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