DIY Possum Control Trap, Controlling Backyard Possums

DIY Possum Control Trap

Controlling the Possums in Your Backyard

DIY Possum Control Trap Controlling the Possums in Your Backyard

Possums sometimes referred to as opossums are a scavenging nocturnal marsupial that have no problem turning your home and garden upside down searching for food. Possums are mostly found near the Western Hemisphere, and can often fool people by playing dead when they are cornered. Some of the most favorite hiding places for these creatures include crawlspaces, attics, under the porches and anyplace else near the garden. That said it can often become imperative to trap these creatures when they increase in numbers and become destructive or maybe they are spreading garbage through your yard.

DIY Possum Control Trap

 Buy a trap that is designed to catch possums 

Most local farm supply stores sell a number of different possum traps. The best ones are those that will not kill the animal and are built measuring around 12 X 12 inches by 30 inches. If it’s a wire or cage type trap make sure that the spaces between these do not exceed more than 2.5 inches or the animal will escape. The other thing you need to make sure of when purchasing a trap is that it should have a slanted door which makes it easy to enter but impossible to exit.

Set your trap in a location most frequented by possums 

Where you set your trap will vary depending on what part of your property is most visited. Generally speaking any place near the dumpster, or your attic works best. If you are placing it in the attic then it should be in the center of the location but only if you have seen possums in this specific area. If it’s the attic porch make sure it’s placed right under the porch close to the edge. If you’re going to place the trap in your home’s crawlspace then put it under the home. If you have chickens and you’ve seen a possum near them then place your trap there with some food in it to attract them.

Baiting the trap

Possums will eat nearly any type of food and so almost any type of bait should work. However, experts recommend that people should use marshmallows, pet food, leftovers, tuna and fruit because they simply love the smell of these. Make sure that the bait is placed right near the door of the trap. Then a bit more at the end of the trap so that he or she goes in for more.

Check your trap twice every day to see if you have caught something 

Once you have caught something make sure to call in animal control. These experts should be able to remove the possum from the trap and then take it along with them. Since these experts are trained to deal with animals they have all the safety gear necessary with them. However, if you are going to do it yourself then start by wearing a pair of gloves, take the trap to a wooded area far from your home, and pick up the trap’s door. The possum may perhaps play dead when you drop the door open but leave it for a while and it will escape.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You shouldn’t release a possum that seems to be acting rather unusual. These animals that usually move around during the day may often also carry rabies, tuberculosis and an array of other diseases. If you think it may be sick then take it to your local animal shelter or control authorities or a veterinarian’s office.
  • In Australia you can catch a possum by using a trap or any other method and you’re allowed to release it in the wild around 200 meters away from where you caught it. But killing the animal is strictly against the law.
  • According to New Zealand’s prevalent law possums are to be destroyed and in no situation should they be let loose near a native bush.
  • Generally, possums are not aggressive animals especially towards humans. But you should take every precaution necessary to save yourself from getting scratched or bitten.

If you have been bothered by a possum or a group of them for quite some time, you should take action right away. Possums can destroy an array of expensive equipment and have been known to chew at your vehicle’s break lines.

DIY Possum Control Trap

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark has been an exterminator and pest control expert for over ten years. He knows exactly how to remove specific animals and is an expert with possum control. 


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14 thoughts on “DIY Possum Control Trap, Controlling Backyard Possums

  1. Possums seem very cute while they are in the wild, but it can be a different story when they are in your trap or causing a nuisance. Its always important to keep these animals safe when you do have them trapped.

  2. I see your point now. Maybe when I type in diy for the trap I was expecting how to build the trap. I do a lot diy projects like kids toys and furniture. You keep up good work. And thank you. We have plenty them possums here in Tennessee.

  3. I mean no harm but look if a person goes to store and buys kitchen table it is not diy kitchen table. It would would be something like listing called diy kitchen table for dinner. That is an example.

    • You miss the point entirely. It’s not an article about building your own trap. It’s about trapping an animal safely yourself, as opposed to having someone else do it for you. “Do it yourself” trapping. Get it?

  4. Very well written! Awesome way to trap for not very much cash and no harm to the critter. Your Opossums in Aussie are much cuter than the ones we have here in the States.

  5. Those possums there look a lot cuter than the ones we have around here. The ears are a lot smaller, eyes are white and they have a nasty fleshy tail. Anyway we had a have a heart trap set up for the groundhog and caught a possum instead. Ugly little creatures, we let him go though as he is not as a threat as that groundhog is to the garden.
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    • I’m glad you let him go, Trish. I would have done the same thing. I once took care of a possum until it was well enough to go back out into the wild. I have to agree with you though … they’re not the prettiest things. Those tails! Ugh. Thanks for your comment!

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