How to Get Rid of a Possom…


“my dog and that creepy white face mole thing had a quarrel last night, first i thought was my neighbors dog who sneaked in. i dont know if they physically fought, but perhaps that thing moved and made the plants crackled so my dogs started barking like hell. It was 3 am in the morning so i went to my backyard with a flashlight. Im just curious what that animal is, i saw it three times and i heard those things are dangerous. They have white face, a pink nose, looks evil, it has eyes, looks suspicious. The most that catches my attention is its white creepy face. ~john l”

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Possums may be bothersome sometimes, but before you need to know    how to get rid of possum,   you should know a little more about them. Here are some possum facts that you should know before attempting to get rid of the animal:

  • Possum and opossum are the same animal.
  • Possums are opportunistic feeders, and will eat almost anything that is available to them, which is usually why they come in contact with humans.
  • Possums are usually about 18 inches long, but can be bigger or smaller.
  • Possums are nocturnal animals, which means they are most active at night.’
  • Possums do not dig holes, so if you have holes in your lawn, it is not the work of possums.
  • Possums have thumbs and a prehensile tail, so they are amazing climbers.
  • Possums rarely have rabies, as they are extraordinarily resistant to it.
  • They are the only North American marsupials(huh?) which means that they have a pouch on their stomach where they carry their young.
  • They are known for “playing possum” or feigning death when they are threatened, but they can also be aggressive at times.

Now, read on to learn how to get possum out of your house or off of your property.

How to Get Rid of Possum

All right. Now, these animals may have gotten onto your property in search of many things. The main reason possums come to your house is for food and shelter. Usually they are harmless, but people usually want to get rid of them for several reasons:

  • Possums can make a mess with their large droppings.
  • They can bother pets.
  • They may be getting into your garbage.
  • A possum has gotten inside your home.

If a possum is in your house, and you know where it is, the first thing you need to do is get it out of your house. To do this, you need to trap the possum. They are very harmless animals and all you need to do is trap them and move them to somewhere where the animal will be safe. You can also try and chase the animal out of your house, if you are in a hurry. It should also be noted that almost any food can be used as bait, since they are omnivores and will eat almost anything. Any of these will work, but be careful, although possums are usually not aggressive, they may attack if threatened.

Once it is out of your house, congratulate yourself for knowing how to get rid of possum(thanks to this article.)But, you have work to do to make sure that other possums, that possum, or similar animals do not come back to your house. Skip the next paragraph to find out how.

All right, another place they may have gotten is under your porch or in a shed. You need to chase them out of there, or set a trap to get them. You will need a medium sized trap to catch the possum, a raccoon trap will work fine. You can use almost any food for bait.

OK, now that you can get rid of the possum, you need to keep them away. You can set traps first of all to make sure they are caught shortly after return, but other methods work as well. Take these steps to possum-proof your house or yard.

  1. Remove all cover or shelter for the animal. This includes wood piles, or debris.
  2. Close up their entrance to the hiding place.
  3. Get rid of all the food they can get at. Keep garbage cans closed at all times, and don’t have food lying around.
  4. Keep the area where they are well-lit, as possums do not like light.
  5. Place predator urine, such as fox urine around their den.
  6. Put pet hair around their den.
  7. Place ammonia and moth balls at places where they will go.
  8. If all else fails, buy a possum repellent off of the internet, or at a local store. 

     

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