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Most opossum traps are cage traps, typically the ones designed for larger mammals. You can trap a possum in a cage trap by baiting it with almost any kind of food. Opossums are opportunistic scavengers, and they are omnivores. They will eat almost anything, so almost any bait will trap them. Opossum trapping is easy compared to other, smarter, more finicky wildlife.
Of course, there are many subtleties to trapping that one only gains through years of experience, and I'm usually surprised to see homeowner attempts at possum trapping fail due to little mistakes that I don't even think about. I'm only talking live trapping here, because lethal trapping isn't legal in my state, and I prefer live trapping regardless. Practically no novice would ever be able to purchase or operate a lethal trap properly, and I wouldn't recommend it.
A lot of people can manage to catch a opossum in their cage trap, but simply trapping an animal is by no means a total solution to the problem. The presence of the animal is a symptom of some other problem, namely the attraction of the area to the animal. Furthermore, here's a scenario that I commonly deal with from homeowners: I get a call saying, "hey, I caught a possum in my trap, now what do I do with it?" You probably can't legally do anything with it, other than release it on your own yard, which won't do any good, and will only create a trap-shy animal. There's a reason that professional trapping companies exist, and if you want to have the problem solved correctly, I recommend that you call one.
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Possum trapping for idiots
Are you looking for a guide to getting rid of that possum in your home that actually makes sense? Well, breathe a sigh of relief ladies and gentleman; help is at hand. It’s time for possum trapping for idiots – the only guide you will need to successfully remove that creature from your home and your life!
There are a few things that you should probably know before you begin your possum trapping quest.
1. Trapping and relocating a possum doesn’t always work to effectively get rid of it.
2. Always use a company that will guarantee you a humane trapping.
3. Doing it by yourself is going to be time consuming, costly, and unless you know what you are doing, completely useless.
In order to effectively remove a possum from your home or land, you should probably look at removing the things that are attracting it there, rather than focusing all of your attentions on trapping and relocating it yourself. When you think about it logically, this does make sense – if you take away food, a comfortable bed, and a place to rear their young, there is a good chance that they are going to look elsewhere.
There are a few things here that you can use for your possum removal too:
1. Stop leaving food lying around. You are giving the animals a neon “Welcome” sign – this is dumb when you are trying to get rid of various wild animals.
2. Stop leaving windows and doors open at night – the animals can get in and get to the source of food, AKA your kitchen.
3. Pick up any fruit that may have fallen from the trees in your yard. Again, this just attracts the possums – they love fruit.
4. Put lids on your garbage cans, and make sure that they cannot be knocked off. This is one of the simplest things that you can do.
By effectively removing the tempting factors that lead the possum to your door, you will already have won half the war. Instead of focusing on trapping, why not focus on preventing, and then you will avoid the invasion of other animals at the same time.
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