Homemade Opossum Repellent

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Opossums are creatures that usually only come out at night. They eat birds, insects, fruits, berries and dead animals in your yard. Although they are generally harmless to humans, the sight of an opossum in your yard or hanging from your trees can be disturbing. You could contact a professional to trap and remove these pests from your yard, but this can be expensive. Luckily there are a few inexpensive repellents that are easy to make at home that will deter opossums from visiting your yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Quassia chips
  • Medium saucepan
  • Tap water
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl
  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Molasses
  • Spoon
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Cloth
  • Liquid seaweed
  • Knee high stocking

Quassia Chips

  • Place 10-1/2 ounces of Quassia chips into a medium saucepan. Quassia chips can be found at your local home improvement store. If you cannot find Quassia chips, you can use the wood, bark or root of the Surinam tree.

  • Add 4 cups of tap water to the chips.

  • Boil the water and the chips on the stove for five minutes.

  • Place a strainer in a large bowl. Pour the water and chip mixture through a strainer to catch the water.

  • Place the water into a plastic spray bottle. Spray the ground outside your home at night with the water.

Molasses Spray

  • Mix together 4 cups of warm tap water and one tbsp. of molasses. Stir with a spoon until the molasses is completely dissolved.

  • Mix in one tsp. of liquid dish detergent into your molasses mixture. Stir with a spoon to combine.

  • Place the mixture into a large plastic, squirt bottle. Spray the leaves and roots of the plants in your yard with the molasses mixture every three to four days.

Seaweed

  • Cut an old piece of cloth in to four-inch strips. You can use any type of cloth you would like as long as it is clean. You will need four to five strips total.

  • Soak the strips of cloth in liquid seaweed for 15 to 20 minutes. You can find liquid seaweed at garden supply stores and vitamin shops.

  • Place the strips of soaked cloth in the foot of a knee high stocking. If you prefer, you can cut the legs off of an old pair of pantyhose and use that instead. Tie off the top of the knee high or pantyhose.

  • Hang the knee high stocking from trees and shrubs where you have seen opossums or notice damage from them.

  • Soak the entire knee high in more liquid seaweed when the cloth dries out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not every repellent will work for every possum. You may have to experiment with different methods to see what works best for you.

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