DIY Best Possum Control Methods
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DIY Best Possum Control Methods

The best possum control methods are ones that do not involve hurting the possum in any way. Non-lethal methods like fencing, and repellants work best. If you are going to trap a possum first find out what the law states about doing with a captured possum before you trap one.

The best most effective possum control is to start by understanding their habits. Even though possums naturally prefer wooded areas with open fields and near streams, since their habitat is disappearing rapidly they have begun taking up residents elsewhere. Their latest favorite spots includes tree crevices, burrows, decks, outbuildings, attics, brush piles etc. Despite the fact that these animals are nocturnal they will still leave behind telltale signs of their existence via droppings, over turned food dishes, plant damage and garbage cans. Backyard possums are omnivores because they feed on almost everything i.e. eggs, nuts, insects, frogs, fruits, etc.

Getting rid of possums

The control methods used for backyard possums vary. The most commonly used methods are trapping and repellants. Another more permanent option but one that is not practical everywhere is fencing.

Possum repellants

Today, there are around a dozen products on the market which have been designed to repel wild animals like possums. That said despite their advertising they offer very little relief. For instance, placing mothballs around a frequented perimeter will be occasionally effective and the mothballs will have to be changed every month. Other possum control methods include motion activated lights and sprinkler systems which will startle the creature. Out of all the repellant methods an ultrasonic repellant works best. The electronic system works by emitting a frequency of sound that the human ear cannot hear but is extremely irritating to possums.

Using taps

The other method most people use to control possums is to use traps. Learning how to trap possums is not difficult, the difficult part is now thinking what to do with it once it’s caught. This will normally mean relocating the creature which will require the help of an authorized and often licensed wildlife expert. You’ll need to contact your local wildlife office and they will send somebody over. Even though you could kill it, killing these animals is illegal in many countries. Use a trap that measures around 12 x 12 x 33 inches. Set a series of traps along the most frequented trails or routes and bait them using cat or dog food or fruits like bananas.

Build a fence

By erecting an electric fence or a woven wire fence you can keep possums out of a specific area. Your fences around the garden need to be around four feet high if not higher with the top end forward facing away from the garden in order to prevent the creature from climbing over. You can also add an electric fence around 4 inches over the top.

The best possum control method you can use is to try and make the areas in and around your home less appealing to possums. Shrubs and overgrown trees should be pruned. All debris and brush piles should be removed immediately. Also fallen fruit from the trees in your yard need to be cleaned up. You shouldn’t leave garbage cans out without fitting a tight lid over them. Also pet food shouldn’t be left outside at night. You may also want to block off all entrances or potential entrances near your garage, porches, decks and holes in your boundary wall.


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