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There are some people who believe even opossums are adorable though many others will agree that they aren’t the cutest things on earth. In fact, they are downright gruesome. Aside from their appearance, they are rather awesome creature when some of their characteristics are taken into account. What other animal do you know can play dead so well? This is where the term playing opossum came from. Still, opossums can be just as annoying as many other little critters that invade the privacy of mankind. They are attracted to garbage cans, pet food, birdfeeders and so many other things and places that can be close to where people live. For this reason, people find themselves combatting and repelling opossums just like they do raccoons. Believe it or not, it’s just as easy to do.
Put The Opossums On A Diet
These unsightly little creatures will consume just about anything. This includes flowers, vegetables, pet food, small animals and even compost. One way to deter them from creeping along on your property is to stop feeding them. Clean up any messes that may attract them, like fallen fruit or spills from your bird feeder. You may also want to stop leaving food for any stray cats you’re feeding.
No Place To Hide
Opossums love to hide. You should remove anything that can be a possible hiding place for them. Any brush piles, woodpiles or under sheds are just perfect in their opinions. Keep shed doors shut and remove yard debris immediately. Check or holes around and under your outbuildings often. Giving them a place to lay their heads only makes them feel welcome.
Sense of Smell
There are scents that act as repellents to opossums, just as with many other animals. The smells of ammonia and mothballs are intolerable to them. A great method of using ammonia is to pour some into a can and use a long piece of cloth to act as a wick. The ammonia will soak the cloth and the fumes will travel through the air. If you are going to use this method, it should be done wherever a possum may hide. Toss some mothballs around the area for good measure as well.
Change The Locks On Them
As silly as it may sound, you just many have to change the locks on any structure that they may be getting comfortable. Since opossums are nocturnal, if you cover their hole at night you have a good chance of keeping them out for good. The use of bright lights is encouraged to prevent the animals from returning while you are handling this. In this regard to change the locks means to cover all possible re-entry points with some strong wire, wood or metal sheets.
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Although you do not need to ‘change the locks on your home,’ sealing entry points is a good idea. Just remember to leave one exit option until you are sure that your home is empty. Because they are nocturnal creatures, they are partial to dark places. Homes with basements are the perfect dwellings for them to get comfortable in.
The best repellent for these creatures is the odor of predator urine, like that of a fox or bobcat. Since it is unlikely that either of these is roaming around the neighborhood, you may need to visit your local outdoor sporting shop and purchase some. This repellent comes in liquid, granule and powder form. For this reason, ammonia often has been said to work, since it is a main component of urine and has a strong odor.
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Opossums may not be as cute as some other critters roaming your yard; they can be just as destructive and annoying. It is a relief to know that they don’t carry rabies but that does not make them any more welcome. Taking preventative measures, especially by using repellent, can save you a lot of money and trouble.
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