Eliminating The Bugs Of Your House

Eliminating The Bugs Of Your House

How To Get Rid Of Possums Yourself

by Caitlin Harvey

Possums may have cute little faces, but don't let them fool you, these animals when scared will hiss, growl and show you their sharp teeth. They like to eat insects and other rodents, which doesn't sound like a bad thing, but they also eat vegetables such as corn and will get into your trash (much like a raccoon) to look for food. They are more of a nuisance and you definitely do not want them in your yard. You can get rid of them yourself by following the tips below.

Sprinkler System

Have a sprinkler system installed that is motion activated. Turn it on at night when possums are active (possums are nocturnal, so you don't usually see them during the daytime). The water turning on will scare them away.


Look for a trap at your local hardware or gardening store that you can use to trap a possum. Use bait like over-ripe melons or bananas to lure the possum in. Once you catch a possum in a trap, be sure to contact a pest control specialist that can handle this type of animal. You should not try to move the animal yourself. Also, killing the animal is a last resort option and may even be illegal.


Use electric fencing to deter these pests (and other pests) from your yard. Use this fencing around your yard or around your gardens to keep them from eating your plants. You can also install chicken wire fencing around your yard. Try to keep it unsupported, this way possums cannot climb the fencing, as it isn't sturdy enough to hold their weight.

Possum Prevention Tips

To keep possums from making their home in your yard (or your home) there are some preventative things you can do:

  • Clean up brush piles around your yard.
  • Trim bushes and plants, as well as low-hanging tree branches. This will prevent possums from gaining easy access to your home and making a home in your attic.
  • Block off the area below your deck or stairs on your outdoor patio.
  • Close garbage can lids tightly or build a garbage can enclosure.
  • Put up pet food located outside each night.
  • If you have fruit trees, be sure to clean up fruit that has fallen to the ground often. 

Keeping these pests out of your yard may take some time, but it can be done. Be sure to contact a pest control specialist like Choice Pest Control if you trap one of these animals. They should only ever be handled by a professional.


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Eliminating The Bugs Of Your House

After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.