4 – Making Life Difficult
No, we don’t mean making life difficult for you; we mean make life difficult for the animal that you’re up against, in this case, an opossum. In order to make life difficult enough to get them to leave, you need to prevent them from gaining access to the things they want the most. It’s usually food, water, or shelter (/protection from predators).
You will need to start by removing all food sources. This can be something as easily overlooked as pet food on the porch, chicken feed left out in the run, or seeds and nuts in a bird feeder. Sadly, the birds are going to need to suffer for a while, or you’ll need to find a way to stop the seeds and nuts from dropping to the floor. And prevent potential physical opossum attacks. They can climb, so a bird feeder on a tree branch is not a smart move.
Once all food sources have been removed, you will then need to look at the other things that an opossum would be looking for, on your property. Water is quite difficult to protect, of course, but you can make sure that your backyard is clean and tidy, thus eliminating any potential hiding spots which could be used as a nest or burrow. You will also be more likely to unearth a hidden burrow that you hadn’t already discovered when you start rummaging around in your own backyard. Opossums are well-known for stealing the abandoned burrows and dens/nests of other animals. If you leave them where they are, without filling them in or sealing them up, they will be taken advantage of by other, passing pests.