The Q&A Archives: Getting rid of a possum

Question: We either have a possum or armadillo. How can we get rid of it? We've tried mothballs. Thanks

Answer: Possums are usually considered to be quiet animals and do not often cause garden damage. In legend and lore they are cited for stealing persimmons right off the trees; they also eat slugs and are scavengers of a sort. However, they are territorial and do need to eat, so in the close confines of a small neighborhood they may steal fruit and vegetables from such a tempting garden.

Armadillos can be really annoying and the only sure way to keep them out of your garden is with a physical barrier like a fence. An armadillo has the ability to climb and burrow. However, a fence slanted outward at a 40-degree angle, with a portion buried, is a deterrent. Unfortunately, there are no repellents known to be effective. Trapping may be another solution. Armadillos can be captured in Havahart or Tomahawk traps. The best locations to set traps are along pathways to their burrows and along fences or other barriers where the animals may travel. If bait is to be used, use over-ripe or spoiled fruit. Other suggested baits are fetid meats or meal worms. Leftovers can be used but the danger exists of killing the trappee. However, some people report if you feed them leftovers long enough they may leave on their own accord! I can identify with that! Best wishes with your garden

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