The good news about having an opossum problem is that it is usually short-lived and fairly easily preventable. However, some homeowners find that opossums get a bit too comfortable on their property and end up doing some serious lawn damage. In these cases, it’s always best to call in a professional.
Opossums never get bigger than the size of a medium cat and are covered in grey, white and sometimes black hair. They are Florida’s only marsupial, meaning they carry their young in a pouch after birth. They are not an aggressive animal, but if you do get near one, they may make sounds at you or pass out into a catatonic state for a few hours (known as ‘playing opossum’). Opossums typically eat small rodents, insects, and human or pet food they find left out, so your backyard garden and garbage cans are like a buffet for them. If you don’t want to end up with knocked over trash cans and uprooted flowers, follow the following tips to deter them from making your lawn a home.
Because opossums are easily scared, one of the best prevention techniques is to install motion-activated lights or sprinklers at night. When they wander into your yard, they will quickly be scared away. Other options include:
- Feeding pets inside
- Sealing up garbage cans
- Clearing the ground below fruit-bearing trees and plants
If you still don’t know what the best course of action is for your home, or are having trouble keeping opossums out, give us a call at 561-274-0224. We will create a custom plan for your home and ensure it remains opossum-free for good. Contact us today and we can schedule your free estimate and consultation.