How to Get Rid of Opossums In Your House and Yard

While a number of different critters are prone to creeping through yards, eating pet food, and rummaging through trash at night, these behaviors are most commonly associated with the opossum. Opossums are generally harmless; however, they can often become nuisances that damage yards, gardens, and homes.

If you suspect that there may be unwanted opossums living on your Lake County property, here are some opossum removal tips to get them out of your yard and home.

Make Your Yard Undesirable and Inaccessible

There are several different reasons why an opossum may decide your yard is its new home. For example, it may have easy access to food if you have an easy-to-open outdoor trashcan. Additionally, if your yard has a lot of overgrown greenery, the opossum may see it as a safe place to hide. Thus, one way to encourage the opossum to leave on its own is to remove its reasons to stay.

Start by trimming any overgrown foliage. Then, take the time to clean and organize your yard furniture, tools, and equipment. Finally, remove any potential food sources like pet food bowls and bird feeders and place a securely locking lid on your trash can.

You can also try installing barriers to make it more difficult for the opossum to access your yard by surrounding your outdoor garden or fruit tree with a small fence.

Scare The Opossums Away

Opossums are rather skittish creatures. If frightened, they will run far, far away. A common way of scaring them off is by installing motion-sensing flood lights or controllable sprinklers in your yard. While the first few attempts will likely prove effective, the opossums may become used to your tactics and grow less afraid of the sudden bright light or spray of water overtime.

Call a Professional Opossum Removal Service

While DIY methods can seem convenient, they are usually not the most effective way to remove an opossum. In fact, the only 100% effective method of opossum removal is to contact a professional opossum removal service. If you live in the Lake County area, rely on the wildlife removal professionals at Critter Control® of Lake County.

Central Florida’s Opossum Removal Experts

If you need help removing an opossum from your Lake County property, trust in the effective and safe opossum removal services provided by the wildlife control experts at Critter Control® of Lake County. Not only will we humanely remove any opossums from your property, but we will also install preventative measures to ensure that you don’t have to deal with nuisance wildlife again.

For more information on our opossum removal services or to schedule your inspection and receive a free estimate, call Critter Control® of Lake County today at 352-204-0074.


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