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There are few traits that can frustrate a
homeowner about the opossum as much as the
enthusiasm with which the opossum will root
through the garbage, spreading litter over a large
area and causing a lot of mess. This is all a part
of the opossum's foraging behavior, and if you are
unfortunate to have an opossum in the area on
garbage collection day, you can find tens of bags
ripped open in your area. There are steps that you
can take to try and prevent this from happening,
and these will help to keep your garbage secure,
and will also help to reduce the number of
opossums being attracted to your area.
Storing The Garbage Cans Indoors
While the smell that comes from garbage is not
pleasant, it is also something that attracts
opossums, so if you can store the garbage indoors
it will help to reduce the chances that the
opossum will get to the garbage. A garage or shed
will be good for this purpose, and while it is
easy to put down the garbage bags, if you can keep
the bags in the cans, and have a few for storage
purposes, this will add an extra layer between the
opossum and the tasty garbage located within your
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Minimize The Food Waste In Your Home
Changing the behavior that you show inside your
home can make a big difference to what will happen
outside your home, and if you can reduce the
amount of food waste produced, then this can lead
to a significant drop in the scent produced by
your garbage. Trying to make sure that you are
cooking appropriately and only preparing what you
need, and making sure to use your waste disposal
unit can both help to reduce the smell produced by
your garbage, which then reduces the chances your
garbage will attract opossums.
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Using Bungee Cords To Secure Cans And The
Benefits Of Metal Garbage Cans
Making the garbage cans more difficult to open
will also help to keep the opossums out, and using
bungee cords that are attached to the handles and
cross over the lid of the can will help to stop
the opossum from being able to remove the lid
easily. If your garbage is still being rooted
through by the opossums, dipping your bungee cords
in a hot chilli solution can help to prevent them
from trying to gnaw through the cords.
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