The major problems associated with opossums involve their ability to invade houses or trashcans. They are very adaptable to urban areas, are nocturnal (meaning they come out mostly at night) and are very curious about human dwellings and refuse. The most common problem is when opossums find their way under porches/decks or into houses or out-buildings. The best way to prevent them from becoming a problem is to not give them a reason to come.
- Keep trash inside until the morning of trash pick-up or place trash in an animal proof container, such as a metal trashcan with latches on the lids.
- Do not leave pet food (cat or dog) outside overnight.
- Close up all openings under and into your buildings. These animals look for places to den – don’t give them that opportunity.
- Encourage neighbors to do the same. If anyone in the neighborhood is feeding these animals it can cause trouble for everyone.