My neighbor has an opossum in her house under her garden tub. We have set live traps with no luck. Is there any other way to run it off?
By new prospect tenn from New Prospect, Tn
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By Brenda 09/18/2010
I had one that kept making my dogs bark at night. No one believed that I had one in the yard so one mornign I saw it on my fench and I went and got my camera and started taking pictures of it with the flash on. It has not come back yet and this was last year.
By Suntydt 09/13/2010
A live trap is your best bet. Try different bait. My dad just caught a two possum over the past month living under our house with a head of lettuce that was going bad. Remember, a opposum is a scavenger and will eat whatever attracts it's nose.
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I live in a suburb of Los Angeles and my problem is an opossum that is getting into my bagged trash. I want to know how to get rid of him without killing him. He is very cute, I've seen him face to face several times. But I have a cat so I want to get rid of the opossum.
Vickie from Montebello, CA
You could purchase or borrow a live trap; but then you have the disposal issue. You could call your local animal control, who can probably help you, but it may mean death to the opossum. It seems to me that removal of the "bait" is the easiest solution. (03/26/2008)
Editor's Note: Mothballs can be very toxic to animals. Maybe hanging them off the handle of the trash can would keep them out. (03/28/2008)
If you must sit out a bag try to take it out on trash morning rather than the night before, especially if it has food in it. When you do put it out, pour ammonia all over it. Also, I have had outdoor cats most of my life and lived in an area with lots of opossums and raccoons. We have never had a problem with our cats getting into scrapes with the wild critters. That said, I would make sure any outdoor cat is current on all shots. (03/28/2008)
http://opossum.craton.net/faqs.htm and http://www.opossum.org/ opossum.org, may make you see them in another light.
I have a family of possum in my backyard. They will not bother your cats and of course will defend itself and bite if you or your cat/dog reaches out to grab it. Any animal will. They keep your yard clean, encourage them to hang around. Just make sure you have a good lid on your garbage can. Although it's usually raccoons that will get into those.
The possum I have are very and I mean very slow moving, they don't seem to see to well and are not aggressive. I've been as close at 3 feet from them and they just ignore me. They really are cuties. (09/27/2008)
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