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How to catch an opossum with baby food

Opossums, or possums, are a house pest in Greenville, SC. But outside the house they’re great snake eaters and are generally docile enough that they make good neighbors. I caught a possum using toddler food, specifically carrots, grapes, strawberries and hot honey.

A cousin of the kangaroo, this marsupial mammal can get large very quickly while nesting in a house’s basement or garage. The animals will chew up walls and destroy infrastructure while leaving their urine and feces behind. They can have a litter of more than 10 babies and the creatures are prone to rabies.

About the only relief one has when trying to catch possums is that they are not aggressive and will only bite if cornered. It’s common for them to be picked up by their tails, but an encounter with their teeth will make you regret it.

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They’re also good at keeping a house clean of insects and snakes which are among the favorite food items for this omnivore.

Recipe for how to catch an opossum with baby food:

  • 1/4 cup grapes (remove stems)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries (keep greens)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 empty coffee cup (i.e., Starbucks, Dunkin Doughnuts, etc.)
  • 1 paper towel

DIRECTIONS: Use a potato mash or spoon to mash the grapes, strawberries and carrots in a large bowl. Mixture should be chunked and not liquefied. Add to coffee cup and stuff down with balled up paper towel. Next, heat honey for 20 seconds in the microwave, then pour over the paper towel. Paper towel should stick to the fruit while providing a sponge for the honey.

Nonetheless, they don’t make good guests and can be difficult to remove due to their nocturnal habits and preference for tight spaces that are inaccessible. I first discovered my unwelcome house guest after two months of living in a new house. The nighttime scratching and chewing in the walls can be subtle enough to go unnoticed by heavy sleepers, but their large size means you’ll eventually hear the animal sooner or later.

Patch any holes in your house before you try to catch a possum

Anyone trying to catch a possum should first secure their house before trying to catch a possum with baby food. It won’t do any good to rid yourself of one possum if the pathway for another is still open. For that reason, the house owner should carefully inspect the foundation of the structure and cover any holes leading into the house.

Buying a trap to catch a possum with baby food

The standard in trapping is a Live Animal Cage Trap sold by Amazon or at local stores such as Tractor Supply Company.

The wildlife removal blog offers more tips on ridding these pesty creatures.

This wildlife removal blog offers more tips on ridding these pesty creatures.

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