Though possums provide balance in the world’s ecosystem, the presence of these rat-looking pests in your property will give you the creeps. They mess up your trash, wound pests, defecate or urinate along pathways, and drag disgusting stuff into their nests. Worst of all, they are disease carriers that can harm your health. So here are humane possum control tips so you can drive them out of your property.
Remove Things That Attract Possums
These creatures look for food, water, and shelter. If you don’t want them on your property, cut off these resources. Make sure you do the following:
Store away all food and water sources.
Seal up your garbage bags in tight canisters.
Do not leave pet food lying around inside and outside your home.
Take out sources that they can turn into their nest.
Note: If you have fruit crops, it would be prudent to put a knitted mesh fence which they will have trouble climbing. Just make sure the holes are small, so they cannot get through.
Seal Off Holes and Other Entry Points
Seal off any holes in your foundation and attic to prevent them from entering the house. Don’t forget to pay attention to your chimneys, windows, and pet doors as well. Since these annoying pests are expert climbers, they can traverse into an open window using a long tree branch. You may need to do some trimming, too. On top of that, fix broken vents or holes in the wall because you don’t want them to travel from your yard into your house, barn, or even chicken coop. Make it difficult for them to access your space.
Apply a Chemical Repellent
You can find chemical repellent in your local hardware store. Follow the instructions and apply them to crops, flowers beds, structure bases, or anywhere else where you see them loitering around. Most store-bought repellents come in powder form, which includes predator urine to scare them into leaving. An organic alternative is using chili powder, but you must be vigilant in reapplying to ward them off.
Scare Them Off with an Electronic Repellent
Leverage technology and scare these marsupials off with electronic devices. You can try motion-activated sprinklers and lights. Once they turn on, it will scare the possums away. Alternatively, you can buy an ultrasonic electronic plug-in repellent that emits annoying sounds. Human ears cannot detect the sound waves, but they drive possums crazy.
Try Putting Up Trapping Cages
If you feel daring enough, you can buy a trapping cage and put food bait inside. It will attract the possum into the cage. Once there, the gate will close, keep the animal imprisoned inside. From there, you can release the possum in the wild.
Seek Professional Help from a Green Company
If you feel that the possum infestation is multiplying and getting out of control, hire a pest control company to remove these uninvited guests humanely. The eco-friendly team has the skills, knowledge, and equipment to safely remove these critters. On top of that, they can come up with a preventive plan to keep them from coming back. Please view service locations here: Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Davie, Daytona Beach, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Myers, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Jacksonville, Largo and Melbourne.