How to keep opossums out of my garden in New York | Opossum

How to keep opossums out of my garden

A fence is the only sure way to keep opossums out of your garden.

  • Bury 4-foot high garden-type fencing approximately one to two feet underground and angled outward to prevent opossums from digging under it. Bend about one foot of the fencing's upper edge outward 90 degrees to discourage climbing
  • Small two-wire electric fence systems may also be effective, especially when protecting valuable fruit trees, berries, or corn
  • Regularly pick up any fallen and rotting fruit or vegetables and dispose of them in the trash.
  • Taste and odor repellents may provide some protection around garden crops.
  • Keep your garden well-lit at night. Opossums prefer darkness.


Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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