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Opposum Problem
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Richard    Posted 01-05-2002 at 05:18:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have been noticing broken egg shells in chicken area of barn. Last night with the help of a pointing barn cat, found the kritter under a parked 3-point finish mower in the barn. Poked around with a stick some ,but interloper wouldn't leave. When I get off work tomarrow, will try to evict him permenently. What can I do to prevent these produce stealing Opposums from setting up residence in my barn.

Jerry Kugler    Posted 02-18-2004 at 18:05:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have something tearing up my lawn. Last year I trapped two armadillos on different nights. I have set the trap thinking that it was armadillos again. But last week I caught an opposum, not believeing that this was the cause of my problem, I turned him (or her) loose. The tearing up of the lawn is still continuing over a wide area. Is it the opposum looking for insects? Any suggestions. Jerry Kugler

PS We are located near Tyler, Texas

Mudcat49    Posted 01-05-2002 at 17:09:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
HMmmmm !!! Baked 'Possum and sweet pertaters. YUM< YUM< YUM!!!!

Ole Cuss    Posted 01-05-2002 at 13:53:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

A large live trap baited with sardines or a turkey leg has worked for me to get possums and coons out of my hayloft. You might have to confine any free-roaming cats for a spell or you'll catch them instead. If you don't have a large live trap, check with your local humane society or animal control center: ours will loan live traps. Such traps are pretty affordable: mine is 11x11x36, sturdy wire with a treadle-trapdoor mechanism, and cost $45.

R Manlove    Posted 10-06-2002 at 12:37:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe I have a opposum under my sunroom - it is a dark narrow space about 6 inches high. The sunroom was built on a deck on top of a cement patio. I noticed an opening beside a step to the deck where it appears an animal has entered. I have heard an animal on two occasions under the sunroom at night making a scratching, gnawing noise. I have an old basement window that I can look through under the deck and it appears an animal has been scratching or chewing at the foam insulation under the deck floor, but I do not see tracks or droppings. How can I be sure if it is a opposum and how can I get rid of it and keep it from coming back?

george s    Posted 01-05-2002 at 13:50:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
You don't have that big of a problem,Possums are dumber than dirt,either thunk him on the head with whatever handy,or just grab him by the tail and take him for a walk.Also,there was never a possum born that you couldn't catch in a live trap.Keep one set with a peanut butter sandwich and you'll catch them up.Get him before he starts on the chickens,you can tell a possum killed chicken cause they usually only eat the heads off. good luck

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-05-2002 at 09:10:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not much that can be done easily, other than just closing up all the usual places critters woule sneak in. I would suggest you ivest in a pretty good twenty-two rifle and tade the feline for a good dog to alert you to the occasional critter attack.

Richard Professional Firefighter    Posted 01-05-2002 at 09:26:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah, that crossed my mind, but all I have is a 12 ga. shot gun and I don't relish lettin loose with that inside the barn.

BOSS    Posted 01-05-2002 at 21:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
A ruger 10-22 would do you just fine. A fun rifle to shoot. inexpensive too. get a big clip though, so you're not reloading all of the time.

Ole Cuss    Posted 01-06-2002 at 03:10:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

Anyone who is a decent shot wouldn't have to be reloading much. If the standard 10-shot rotary mag is not enough to hit your target, forget the banana clip and just throw rocks instead.

Hogman    Posted 01-07-2002 at 01:45:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well spoken Sir. Always seemed ta Me that bigger tha clip tha wilder tha shootin. Thats whats so great about muzzle loaders.

No offense ment Boss,only a generality

westy    Posted 07-29-2002 at 18:57:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
sure go out and kill that wascally varmint -
what a bunch of 'tards. Trap the animal, get it
out of your barn/house/whatever, block the
access to where ever it was and LET IT GO
ON ITS WAY. Opposums eat rats,
cockroaches (and other insects), snails, slugs
and overripe fruits and vegetables. Obviously
if you take out the 'possum, you could be
inviting all the rats and insects in to take its

Amanda    Posted 08-09-2009 at 09:21:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Okay so we have an oppossum problem in our creepy basement, the basement has rock walls, and dirt flooring, lots of places for an animal to hide, would the oppossum be in there to eat bugs, like spiders, or just to be in there to be safe? when my mother an i walked down to the basement, we heard the opposum scury along boxes, we think he may be hiding under boxes when we approach the basement, as of that is the animals territory, when we went down there today we heard the oppossum make a noise, like a cooing or something to that matter, is this a problem? should we call an exterminator or something? as we walked past the boxes, the opposum hissed, and we saw the tail, when do you know you have a problem with many more opposums, being invited to the other opposums territory? Is this a bad thing? Please please please tell us what to do, before we make a big mistake. Thanks, and please reply..

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