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How to Keep Opossums Out of the Yard



how to keep opossums out of the yard

the opossum is a nocturnal marsupial

that comes out at night to scavenge for

food through backyards and Gardens

not only can it make a mess in your

landscape but this animal may also

Harbor various diseases including

spotted fever deter and prevent opossums

from invading your yard with a variety

of scare tactics repellents and fencing

get rid of extra food keeping an opossum

out of a landscape starts with getting

rid of what's attracting the animal in

the first place easy access to available

food take a look at your backyard for

the following potential problem areas

garbage cans

always keep cans covered with a locked

lid pet food in the evening bring

indoors any pet food dishes and water

dishes bird feeders take down bird

feeders and put them away in a locked

container compost piles never add animal

products to your compost garden produce

keep the garden clean pick up and

discard overripe or fallen fruit and

vegetables remove hiding spots


opossums are relatively low in the

animal food chain they crave hiding

spots to keep them shielded and

protected removing these hiding spots

can deter opossums and encourage them to

look for more hospitable welcoming yards

to scavenge in then out thick shrubbery

hedges and tall stands of vegetation

remove piles of leaves or stacks of wood

put away unused garden equipment that

may shelter opossums and other animals

such as wheelbarrows or empty garden

pots keep things clean opossums do not

like a tidy landscape turn on extra

lights these animals are nocturnal and

only come out when it's dark use this to

your advantage

exterior house lights floodlights

pointed at the darkest areas of the yard

and lights attach to garden sheds and

other garden structures repel opossums

and keep them away from the area focus

external lighting on specific problem

areas that you want to protect such as a

compost pile or the spot where you store

your garbage cans tip save on your

electric bill by using motion activated

floodlights if an opossum scurries into

your yard the animals movement activates

the lighting and frightens the animal

away repel with smell

opossums have sensitive noses certain

odors may repel them and keep them out

of a yard every animal is different

however try a few methods and see if a

specific smell works against opossums in

your neighborhood mothballs

place a couple mothballs in a sealed

container poke holes and the containers

lid with a screwdriver or a nail then

place the container wherever you want to

repel a possums such as near a garden

shed blood meal sprinkle a stripe of

blood meal around garden beds or other

problem areas the scent of blood

frightens opossums into thinking a

predator has recently been feeding in

the area dog urine similar to blood the

smell of a dog's ear and frightens

opossums mix one part dog urine with

2,000 parts water and spritz the

solution on the ground around any area

that you want to protect warning if you

try the mothball method always keep

mothballs in a sealed container

mothballs placed directly on the ground

can leach unwanted chemicals into the

underlying soil


setup offense if all methods of scaring

away opossums do not suffice fencing

remains the best and most successful

method for keeping an opossum out of a

yard use a 48 inch tall piece of 1/4

inch mesh hardware cloth and bend the

top 12 inches of the fence outward away

from the area that you wish to protect

attach the mesh to three and a half foot

tall stakes pound to six inches deep and

spaced apart by a couple feet do not

attach the top outward bending part of

the fence to the stakes this keeps the

top of the fence loose and wobbly if a

possum tries to climb the fence the top

of the fence will Bend and sag under the

opossums weight preventing it from

scaling the fence