Tactics to Keep Opossums Out of Your Yard

Opossum standing on a log

Opossums are nocturnal creatures that scavenge for food during the night. While they may look cute, they are known to hold various diseases and destroy garbage bags and landscaping. Animal Remover suggests various tactics on how to keep these creatures out of your yard.

Secure Garbage Cans

One of the first places an opossum is going to go is your garbage can, since it’s an easy food source. Securing your garbage can is a simple solution that can cut off an opossum’s food source. If you don’t have a garbage can, try setting out your trash the day of trash day so your bags don’t linger outside for too long. If the opossum has no link to food, they will probably search for scraps elsewhere.

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Turn on the Lights

Being nocturnal, opossums aren’t very fond of harsh light. If there are particular problem areas in your yard that opossums love to get into, try installing more light sources to steer them away. Motion detector lights and floodlights are perfect choices to scare them away.

Remove Any Possible Scavenging Locations

The main reasons opossums are in your yard is they’ve found a reliable and easily accessible food source. Think about if you have any of these items in your yard that may be causing you issues:

  • Pet food bowls
  • Compost piles
  • Garden produce
  • Bird feeders
  • Garbage cans

See if there are any way you can get rid of these items or contain them so they stay out of an opossum’s reach.

Set Up A Fence

If all else fails and you can’t seem to scare opossums away from your yard, it may be time to put up a fence. Whether it’s around your entire yard or just the area you’re wishing to protect, a barrier is a great way to keep any wanted guests out of your belongings. Be sure there is no space to crawl under the area as opossums are great crawlers and climbers.

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Control Your Opossum Problem With Animal Remover

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