How To Get Rid Of A Possum In Your Garage (Do This!)

Gary Evans
by Gary Evans

We’ve grown to accept that we as homeowners will have to deal with unwanted guests from time to time. For the most part, our unwanted guests are on the smaller side like ants, cockroaches, and spiders. However, there may be times when your unwanted guest looks a bit different.

Possums stroll into neighborhoods every now and then and yes, they will also enter homes. It can be surprising to see a possum inside your garage, but you obviously cannot just ignore it.

You’ll need to trap the possum in your garage in order to get it out of there. Use a sturdy trap and place something sweet inside of it like fruit or some peanut butter on bread. After trapping the possum, contact animal control in your area so that it can be safely relocated.

Possums are not exactly dangerous animals, but they can still be pests around your property. If a possum wanders into your home, you need to deal with it properly. Feel free to continue with this article if you want to learn how to handle possums inside your garage.

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Are Possums Dangerous Animals?

Let’s first take the time to address an important question regarding possums. Are they dangerous? To be more specific, should you worry about them potentially being rabid?

According to the Wildlife Rescue League, the possums we’re familiar with can contract rabies, but that doesn’t happen often. That has something to do with how their bodies work.

Researchers believe that the naturally low body temperatures of possums make them less suitable to carry the aforementioned virus. You still don’t want to approach them carelessly, but they aren’t as threatening as some other critters that enter homes.

How to Remove the Possum from Your Garage

You need to take action after you see a possum inside or wandering near your garage. Following the steps in this section will help you get rid of those intruders safely.

Step 1: Get Your Trapping Equipment Ready

In order to catch the possum prowling on your property, you’ll need to gather a few items first. You’ll specifically need some gloves, a trap, and some bait.

The gloves are needed for handling both the trap and the bait. Possums may be able to detect your scent on the trap or the bait if you don’t use the gloves. You need the gloves to keep the possum from getting suspicious.

As for the trap, you need something with dimensions of 32” x 10” x 12” to contain the possum safely. A trap of that size can safely contain the possum without harming it. Moving on now to the bait, you have a few options to consider. Possums like sweet treats so mashed up bananas or grapes can lure them in. You can also spread some peanut butter on a piece of bread and place that inside the trap.

Step 2: Keep the Possum inside Your Garage

Now that you have the trapping equipment ready, you need to increase the chances that the possum enters it. You can do that by sealing the paths out of your garage. Keep them shut so the possum has nowhere else to go.

Step 3: Set the Trap

The next step is to put the trap in position. Open it up and place the bait inside. Go ahead and put in some extra so the possum won’t be able to resist it.

You should remember to leave the trap on an even surface. Upon being trapped, the possum may start to move around wildly and cause the cage to tip over. It’s not likely, but the trap could still open up after it falls to the ground.

After finding the right spot, simply set the trap with the bait inside. Refer to the manual when configuring the trap to ensure that it will spring after the possum enters it.

Step 4: Wait for the Possum

It’s now time to play the waiting game. The possum may take the bait right away or it could be hours before it starts to move. However, if you ensured the possum has nowhere else to go, it will likely enter the trap sooner rather than later.

Step 5: Safely Relocate the Possum Away from Your Property

The last thing you have to do is to relocate the possum. Don’t just release the possum anywhere you please, however. You could be found in violation of the law if you released a trapped possum without permission. What you want to do after trapping the possum is to contact the local animal control. Tell them about the situation and request their assistance. They can tell you how to relocate the possum properly.

If you are going to release the possum yourself, you’ll need to get a big towel or shirt. Use that towel or shirt to cover the cage to avoid scaring the possum too much. The possum may get overly unruly if you frighten it.

When the time comes to release the possum, do so carefully. The possum is likely still agitated somewhat and it may attack you if it senses aggression. After opening the trap, you can watch the possum run free.

How to Keep Possums Away from Your Home

Getting rid of a possum inside your garage is not difficult, but keeping them out of there entirely would be better. Many of the measures you take to keep mice away also work on possums. Check out the preventative measures you need to take below.

Don’t Give the Possums Access to Potential Food

The possum is not on your property to take a tour of your home. It’s there because it’s looking for food and it may have sensed something edible nearby.

You may have left the dish your pet eats from outside and a possum may be interested in the leftovers. Garbage containers without lids are also enticing to hungry possums. They’ll go rummaging in there for anything they can seek their teeth into.

Homeowners who also maintain chicken coops may also get a visit from a possum at some point. Possums will eat the eggs along with your chickens as well. You need to make it hard for possums to find any food if you want them to stay away. Secure your garbage containers and your chicken coop so a wandering possum won’t be able to enter them. Also, remember not to leave any food out that the possums can get to.

Clear Your Yard

Possums are more afraid of us than we are afraid of them. Because of that, they feel the need to hide and lurk in the shadows as they approach homes.

To make it more difficult for possums to reach your home, take the time to clear out your yard. Get rid of anything that the possum can hide in such as leaf piles or dead trees. Giving the possums fewer places to hide makes it less likely that they will approach your home.

Close Potential Entry Points into Your Home

Small animals like possums can squeeze their way into tiny openings. That means they can use many openings leading to your home. You need to seal off those potential entry points if you want to avoid dealing with possums.

Use appropriate sealing items or screens to cover the small openings. Keep your home so closed off that the possum will have no other choice than to look elsewhere for food.

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Related Questions

Where Else Do Possums Hide aside from the Garage?

Apart from your garage, possums may also seek shelter in your attic, basement, or any available crawlspace. If it’s dark and quiet, the possum will feel comfortable staying there. Make those parts of your home harder to access in order to keep the possums away.

Are Possums and Opossums the Same Animal?

In the United States, the terms “possum” and “opossum” are interchangeable as they are generally used to refer to one animal. Technically though, the animals we know as possums here in the United States are actually opossums.The species officially known as possums look different from opossums and they are native to other countries like Australia. Possums also bear more of a resemblance to kangaroos.

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Gary Evans
Gary Evans

Gary Evans is passionate about home improvement. He loves finding out how to make improvements in the easiest, most practical, and most affordable ways. Upgrading his home kitchen is one of his ongoing hobbies. Gary is also a long-time content creator and enjoys spending his free time tending to his hydroponic vegetable garden.

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