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.
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.
"Opossum on fence"Photo: 2010 linder6580-stock.xchng
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