Opossum traps are similar to those used for raccoons and armadillos. Live-traps come in one and two-door varieties, and you’ll want one that is at least 32x10x12. The great thing about using live traps is that they offer a solution which allows for humane removal. Because of their gypsy-like nature, opossums don’t hang out in one spot for too long. However, we understand that many homeowners have pets and children and don’t want to risk an invasion of their property.
What Attracts Opossums
While bait isn’t always necessary to trap opossums, it’s helpful to know what is enticing them to come into your yard. Many times, they wander on in search of food sources like grubs, animal food, and trash. This can make any home a gold mine to them. When they find a good spot, they may try to stay a few days and create a shelter in the nearby area – typically under your home or patio, or in the attic. Both places provide safety for them and their young while they sleep.
How to Deter Opossums
When an opossum makes its way onto your property, it is most likely looking for food or shelter. The best way to keep them off of your land is to make it seem unhospitable and unattractive to them. Consider enacting these preventative techniques if you’re noticing signs of opossums in your area:
- Keep trash cans closed and, if possible, get animal-proof bins with sealable lids
- Keep garden areas protected and clear
- Install fences
- Install motion-detecting lights or sprinklers in your lawn
If you’re noticing opossum damage or overturned trash cans, give the professionals at Critter Control a call. Our experienced technicians are knowledgeable in opossum control and can offer the most permanent solutions available to not only remove the animals, but to keep them out for good. Contact us today at 561-274-0224 to schedule your free estimate and in-home consultation!