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How to Get Rid of A Possum

If your home or backyard is infested by possums, you should eliminate them at your earliest. Although they are quite peaceful creatures, they are also known for their ferocious bites. Possums usually settle in basement, attic or under decks where they can find shelter as well as food. They affect hygiene conditions and cause nuisance in your house.

Possums are nocturnal animals that prefer staying in dark. They look for shelter in hidden spaces and become active after sunset. They are carriers of different parasites and spread the following diseases:

  • Tuberculosis

  • Leptospirosis

  • Tularemia

  • Relapsing fever

  • Toxoplasmosis

  • Spotted fever

  • Trichomoniasis

  • Coccidiosis

  • Chagas disease

  • Salmonella

Possums are extremely problematic creatures. You need to eliminate them quickly to stay safe from their bites or the diseases they may carry. They also tend to harm your pets and steal food. They leave behind a mess in the form of their droppings which causes a number of diseases in humans as well as animals. Moreover, they often die in hidden places where the carcass is usually difficult to detect. When the body decays, the stench is unbearable.

Possums can make life difficult for you as well as your pets. They smell bad and will wreak havoc in your garage, attic or bird houses.

Methods to Eliminate Possums

Whenever you notice a possum inside your home premises, immediately take actions to get rid of it. Here are some methods you should adopt to get rid of these annoying little creatures.

  • Locate Their Entry Point

Possums are great climbers. They can easily enter your house through inlets. Keep an eye on holes through which they can enter the premises. Seal the holes and repair any cracks in the house structure. It will help you keep them away from your home. You can also put some flour in front of these holes to identify the inlet from where they are breaking into your premises.

  • Trim Your Garden

Possums prefer to live at a height. They climb trees to enter your house via tree branches. If any branches are touching your roof, they may facilitate these animals to find a suitable living space. Regularly trim trees to prevent their entry into your house. When they don’t find access to their residence, they’ll eventually leave your house.

  • Keep Pet Animals

If you’ve a pet dog or a cat at your home, they can keep the premises safe from possums. They are the biggest predators of this small animal. The smell of these predators will be enough to keep them away. However, don’t allow your pet dog or cat to roam around if there are opossums in your house. Instead, take some fur of your pet cat or dog in some plastic bags and hang them at different locations that are frequently visited by possums. It will keep your pets safe from potential risks, while prohibiting the entry of these harmful animals.

  • Use Garlic or Mothballs

Possums are easily deterred by the smell of garlic, ammonia and mothballs. Their pungent smell is sufficient to keep your house and garden possum-free.

Keep a clove of garlic in the space where you’ve noticed a possum. The strong smell of garlic is disliked by these animals and will force them out of your house. It is recommended to crush garlic instead of using a whole clove. Crushing the clove will spread its scent more rapidly.

Also, take a small amount of ammonia in a can and cover it with a lid. Keep it in the space where possums are likely to gather. Make a small hole in the can, and place a small rug inside, allowing one end to come out of the whole. It will spread fumes in the whole area.

Mothballs are an effective repellant for possums. Scatter some of these in the spaces that are regularly visited by possums such as animal shelter, birdhouse and chicken coop. You can keep mothballs in a mesh bag so that they don’t affect your pets.

  • Fence the Space

Protect your garden from possums with the help of fencing. Whether or not there is possum infestation, the fence will control the problem in time. Regularly check the fence to detect any holes in the fence and repair them without delay. Instead of using harmful chemicals or poison to kill off possums, use fence for long-term benefits.

  • Place Traps

Use some traps to capture possums. Place it near the suspected den of possum or any other space that is frequently visited by possums in search of food. It is an effective way of getting rid of small animals without killing them. Lure them with some food items. Once they get trapped in the cage, take the cage away from your home and free them. Prevent their entry in the future by through some effective preventive measures we are sharing below.

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry the trusty Havahart Live Trap. Set this baby with a bait that the possum might like and before you know it, they will be captured.

Professional Repellents

To keep possums away, we suggest using repellent. At Solutions Pest & Lawn we have a number of different repellent products that will have a possum heading for the hills and away from your home such as Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent, Detour Rodent Repellent and Yard Gard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.

Preventive Measures

Here are some preventive measures you must take to prevent the entry of possums in your premises in the first place.

  • Possums attack gardens and garbage bins to search for food. Don’t leave a clutter in indoor and outdoor spaces. Also, tightly cover the trash cans using lids to keep small animals away.

  • Feed your pet animals in indoor spaces, otherwise possums may take away their feed.

  • Mow the grass in your garden so that it doesn’t provide them with a covering.

  • Regularly inspect your house and seal any inlets.


By following the above helpful tips and equipping yourself with the products we listed, you won’t have a possum problem much longer. For more helpful how-to pest control advice, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com, give us a call at 800-479-6583 or live chat with a rep online!


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