If you have an
opossum that is living in or around your home,
you obviously want to do all you can to rid
yourself of this animal. They can be very
annoying in many ways, building nests and
causing a whole lot of mess in your home. Plus,
they carry a lot of diseases, meaning that you,
your family, and your pets could be at serious
risk from the diseases these rodents carry.
Getting rid of the animal is the obvious choice,
and many opt to use a cage to capture it and
then take it out. The problem is getting the
opossum to get into the cage so you can then
remove it. This means that you need bait that is
ideal to capture the attention to the creature.
The question is what is the best bait to trap an
That is a good question. First, you should know
that the possum is an omnivore. This means that
it will eat anything. It is not picky if it is
meat or vegetables; it will eat anything.
Knowing that, you should also be aware that
there are some foods that the possum prefers
above all other things. These are the things you
need to use.
Consider that the possum may not necessarily
want to enter into your cage. There may be an
instinctual part of the animal that causes it to
fear and it may run away, defeating your plan to
capture it. This leaves you with the fact that
you must do all you can to ensure that it wants
to enter into the cage. That means the best bait
you can use has to be employed.
You want get something that can has a strong
smell. The bait will be in the cage and cannot
be tasted, so it has to be something with such
an appealing smells that the opossum cannot let
it get away. It has to have it. So what would
qualify to fit all of these descriptions?
While being an omnivore, possums prefer meat
above other kinds of foods. They don’t even mind
if the meat is a little rancid, which means you
can put it in the trap and not worry about it
spoiling. They will eat it anyway, which tells
you something about their stomachs.
Meat is a great choice, but you should also be
aware that this may attract the attention of
more than just the possum. Your cat or dog may
go after that as well, defeating the purpose. In
this case, consider something like bread or
something sweet like marshmallows. While not
having as strong of a smell, they will still
attract the opossum and you will hopefully have
that critter captured. Read more:
How to Get
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