Protecting Your Property: Best Practices for Keeping Possums Out of Your Yard

Possums, also known as opossums, are small to medium-sized marsupials that can cause havoc in your yard if left unchecked. These nocturnal creatures are attracted to food sources and can wreak havoc on gardens and trash cans. If you’re wondering what keeps possums away, this article will provide you with some effective strategies to protect your property.

Understanding Possum Behavior

Before we delve into the best practices for keeping possums out of your yard, it’s important to understand their behavior. Possums are opportunistic omnivores, meaning they will eat just about anything they come across. They are particularly fond of fruits, vegetables, pet food, and even small animals like insects or rodents.

Possums are excellent climbers and can easily access trees, fences, and even rooftops. They have adapted well to urban environments and are known to take up residence in crawlspaces or attics. Keeping these habits in mind will help us develop effective strategies for keeping them away from your property.

Removing Attractive Food Sources

One of the most effective ways to keep possums away from your yard is by eliminating any potential food sources that may attract them. Start by securing your trash cans with tight-fitting lids that possums cannot open. Regularly clean up fallen fruits or vegetables from your garden as these can be a tempting treat for these critters.

If you have pets that eat outside, make sure to feed them indoors or remove any leftover food as soon as they finish eating. Possums are attracted to pet food and leaving it out overnight will only invite them into your yard.


Creating a Barrier

Creating a physical barrier around your property is another great way to keep possums at bay. Start by inspecting your fences for any gaps or holes that they could squeeze through. Patch up any openings and consider adding an electric wire at the top of the fence to deter them from climbing over.

Possums are excellent climbers, so trimming tree branches that hang close to your house or fences can prevent them from gaining access. Additionally, installing motion-activated lights or sprinklers can startle and discourage possums from venturing into your yard.


Using Natural Deterrents

If you prefer a more natural approach, there are several deterrents you can use to keep possums away. One effective method is using strong scents that possums find repulsive. Sprinkling cayenne pepper or vinegar around the perimeter of your yard can help deter them due to their sensitive sense of smell.

Another natural deterrent is using predator urine, such as coyote or fox urine, which can be purchased at garden supply stores. Possums are wary of predators and the scent of their urine can make them think twice before entering your property.


In conclusion, keeping possums away from your yard requires a combination of strategies that eliminate attractive food sources, create physical barriers, and use natural deterrents. By implementing these best practices, you can protect your property from unwanted possum visitors and enjoy a peaceful and possum-free environment.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.