How do you tell if you have a possum in your yard?

Answered by Frank Schwing

There are several signs that can indicate the presence of a possum in your yard. By being observant and looking out for these signs, you can determine if you have a possum infestation. Here are some key indicators:

1. Noises at night: Possums are nocturnal creatures, so one of the most obvious signs of their presence is hearing noises coming from your yard during the night. These noises can include scratching, scuffling, and rustling sounds as they move around and forage for food.

2. Damage to plants and property: Possums are known to feed on fruits, vegetables, and plants. If you notice damage to your garden, with fruits or vegetables being partially eaten or plants being disturbed, it could be a sign of possum activity. Additionally, possums may dig holes in lawns or gardens as they search for insects to eat.

3. Droppings and tracks: Possum droppings are cylindrical in shape and typically dark brown or black. If you come across these droppings in your yard, it is a strong indication of possums being present. You may also notice their tracks, which resemble small handprints with five fingers, as they walk or climb surfaces.

4. Unpleasant odors: Possums have a distinct musky odor, which can become more noticeable if they have taken up residence in your yard. If you detect a foul smell, particularly near their nests or burrows, it could be a sign of a possum infestation.

5. Sightings: Although possums are generally more active at night and tend to avoid human interaction, you may occasionally spot them in your yard. They have a unique appearance with silver or gray fur, a long hairless tail, and a pointed snout. If you see a possum wandering around, it is a clear indication that they are present in your yard.

It’s important to note that possums are generally not aggressive and prefer to avoid confrontation. However, if you suspect a possum infestation and want to address the issue, it is advisable to seek professional help from a wildlife removal expert who can safely and humanely remove the possums from your property.