Discouraging Opossums from Your Yard

...although we don't know why you would want to...

These are some things that attract opossums to a particular area, and ways to discourage them if desired. These suggestions may also be valuable for discouraging other wildlife from your area:
  1. Food source- Keep garbage covered. What about pet food? Bring cat/dog food in at night. Do you have fruit trees? If so, you may have to keep the fallen fruit picked up. If the opossums are eating under the bird feeder, you may have to stop feeding birds for several weeks. Compost pile? Cover any scraps with LOTS of grass clippings or leaves.
  2. Hiding places- you may have to clear shrubbery or brush to make the area less inviting.
  3. Security- Keep your yard well lit all night. Do this for quite awhile so that transient opossums will not consider your property attractive- being nocturnal they *like* darkness. This is one of the most effective things you can do.
  4. Easy access- is there a fence? A "run" or path that they use often? You could try blocking those routes. Barriers might include branches or small temporary fences that make it hard for them to get through.

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