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Tips for Repelling Opossums

By February 17, 2011

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It was only a few years ago that I first saw an opossum. Opossums are not native to our area, but thanks (or not) to our milder winters, opossums have been surviving.
"Opossum on fence"Photo: 2010 linder6580-stock.xchng
This is a concern because opossums carry the protozoa responsible for Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM. If there is a chance that opossums could take up residence on your property, there are actions you can take to repel them. A fact sheet from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources suggests that some people have had good results by scattering mothballs or flakes in areas they don't want opossums. While you won't want to do this near where your horses eat, this might be useful in those corners you rarely visit. How to Get Rid of Possum is a blog dedicated to finding ways to discourage problem opossums. The good news about opossums? According to About.com Pest Control, opossums don't carry rabies.

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February 17, 2011 at 11:42 am
(1) greyhorsematters says:

Thank you for this information. We have seen them at our farm and I believe they may be responsible for Dusty contracting leptospirosis. I’ll check out all these sites.

February 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(2) Sierra says:

two of our horses got EPM. One died and the other had permanent damage.:(

February 20, 2011 at 9:28 am
(3) Kathy says:

So sorry to hear about these situations. I’m glad I could provide some useful information.

February 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm
(4) kourt says:

I dont live on a farm but want to one day:) however, even in the city we have a bad opposum problem. They carry fleas and eat my garden. even during the winter, fleas are so abundant because of them.

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