What are some ways to kill an opossum in the yard?
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What are some ways to kill an opossum in the yard?

The opossum is a foraging animal that may find your yard to be the ideal place to find its next meal. If you have a garbage can that is easily accessible, you have a garden with lots of fruits and vegetables, or you have a pet that you feed outside, the opossum may be returning to find a meal around your home. Clearly, you do not want this.



These animals can be very messy and can destroy the beauty of your property. In addition, they are animals that carry diseases that can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets. If they are bitten or scratched they could get distemper or rabies. Even the waste can be dangerous. This is why you want to make sure that they do not just come back to your yard, but that they never can...ever.

To resolve this, some are looking for ways to kill the opossum when it comes into their yard. They just don’t know how to do it. If you are looking for some ways to kill an opossum in your yard, then here you go.

Start with poisoned bait. You can put some meat out in the yard that is poisoned with something like arsenic. The opossum eats it and is dead within a few minutes. Easy peasy! The problem many may have with this is if you have pets that are outside; they may eat this as well and be killed. You don’t want a dead dog or cat. If you go with this option then make sure your pets are indoors all night.

There are traps you can use as well. You put the bait on the trap. When the possum steps on it a trigger is released and a spike comes down onto the possum killing it. This is a very quick way to kill it and the traps are reasonably priced.

Once again, the monkey wrench to this idea may be your own pet. If your pet goes for the bait it can be just as dead, and you don’t want that to happen. Not to your pet or to anyone else’s.

This may make it so that the best option is to actually trap the opossum first, and then kill it. There are great traps you can buy for a reasonable cost, that you can lure the opossum into and trap it. Once captured, you can go out and give it the poisoned meat so that it will eat it and die. You can even put the poisoned meat in the cage and when it enters and eats it then it will die. Either way, the cage may be a better option. Read more: Opossum Control, How to Get Rid of Opossums, Opossum Feces.


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