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How to Get Rid of Possums Under Decks

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how to get rid of possums under decks

opossums are nicknamed as the living

fossil because they are one of the

world's oldest living mammals when

scared or threatened an opossum will

feign death and will look and smell as

if it really is dead its lips will draw

back saliva forms around its mouth and

it secretes a fluid from its anal glands

which has a foul odor this reaction is

temporary and opossums can be injured by

well-meaning humans moving them while in

this state they are transient animals

that may take shelter under your deck

for a short time removing opossums is

not difficult so trapping is not

necessary things you will need newspaper

flower wire mesh encourage opossums to

leave the space under your deck by

removing what is attracting them often

opossums are attracted to a location by

food and potential shelter remove

garbage and pet food stored outdoors

trim will remove dense hedges or foliage

that provides cover for their hiding

place beneath your deck clean up any

fruit that has fallen from trees and

clear wood piles and other potential

hiding places near your deck look for

access holes or damaged spaces it might

have used to get under your deck

opossums will leave their hiding place

after sunset to look for food stuff

wadded up newspaper into the hole and

sprinkle a light dusting a flower around

any openings that the opossums may have

entered through check the area

frequently after sunset if the newspaper

has been pushed out and you see tracks

in the flower leading away from an

opening but not back the opossum has

left shine a flashlight beneath the hole

to confirm it is empty opossums breed

between October and December and sealing

the entry during these months may trap

babies inside so it's important to

confirm the space is empty if it is seal

the entry using wire mesh or wood boards

once the opossum is gone

tips warnings

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most wild animals carry disease so while

an opossum is not physically aggressive

it's best not to pet or try to get too

close to it

opossums are not a rabies vector species

their blood chemistry is inhospitable to

the virus an opossum may bear its teeth

and while this appears threatening it is

only a defense mechanism the opossum

will not attack it is pretending to be

aggressive to scare you away more often

opossums will flee from a threat or play

dead while opossums can be a nuisance by

foraging in garbage cans bird feeders or

pet food but they do not typically dig

holes nor will they threaten you or your

pets if the opossum under your deck

appears injured or dead leave it alone

and give it a safe exit path typically

in a short period of time it will wake

and leave on its own opossums typically

only stay about two to three days in one

area and then move on to new areas while

around your home they also help control

unwanted pests such as rats and snakes

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