Opossums, like many other wild animals, can be a nuisance for some gardeners. While they often eat grubs, bugs, and other garden pests, sometimes opossums can also eat some of your vegetation. If you have an opossum munching on your fruits, veggies, or other plants, it may be a good idea to set up deterrents.
Chicken wire is an effective deterrent for many wild pests that might try to attack your garden. Establish a protective fence of chicken wire to keep out opossums and other critters. For added protection, start the fence 6-12 inches underground. Generally, this can also help reduce mole problems in your gardening space.
Reducing Climbable Surfaces for Opossums
Opossums are expert climbers and may use trees or other surfaces to access the garden. Trim overhanging tree branches. Install iron sheets around pergola bases and other climbable surfaces. The sheets will limit their ability to use their claws to climb. Overall, this can help limit pest animals from climbing into your garden.
Herbs that Deter Opossums
Some herbs do a good job of naturally deterring animals with their scent. Fortunately, many of these aromatic herbs can be wonderful additions to your kitchen. Sage, rosemary, oregano, and mint can keep many critters away. Additionally, spicy pepper plants can also help keep them away.
Opossums are scared off easily. Consider using noise deterrents, such as wind chimes, high-pitch sensors, and more to keep them away. Overall, noisemakers can scare off some critters, but when used in tandem with other deterrents mentioned above, you create an unwelcoming environment for the animal.
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