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    Advice on solving a possum issue..

    I'm posting this here cause I think there are enough good ole country boys to help me figure this out.

    Saw a possum in the back yard a few times he is obviously affected by some nervous disease, shaking, walking in circles, and looks pretty decripit.

    Before I could get my 410 and get out there my wife saw him crawl under the deck. No way to get under the deck too close to the ground.

    Well the weathers been nice, time to sit on the deck, but there is an awful odor there (he's not dead its the possum).

    I've tried setting a trap but no luck.

    I've thought about trying to drive him out from under there with something noxious like ammonia I could pour through the cracks.

    So any ideas I just want to get him out of there so I can do away with him I'm scared hes going to die under the deck.

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    That possum may well be rabid acting like that. You don't want to mess around with it yourself. Call animal control. They will be equiped to deal with it properly.

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    You can also call the police and they will deal with it. Rabid animals are very serious.

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    Quote Originally Posted by nn4jw View Post
    That possum may well be rabid acting like that. You don't want to mess around with it yourself. Call animal control. They will be equiped to deal with it properly.
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    Trust all the above statements! Have you ever seen the size of the needle they use to inject the rabies vaccine? That monster is enough to make most people scream with fear just upon seeing it.
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    As said, call county animal control to come help. Be prepared
    to to pull up some deck boards, or make an opening so they can get at it.

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    I agree that it is far safer to let animal control deal with it. If you really want to do it yourself, my uncles used to carry little packages of firecrackers to use when a coon or possum crawled into a hollow tree and they wanted to get it out. They would light the firecrackers and then throw them into the tree. It didn't always work which they attributed to the coon or possum having had that treatment before. It seems fairly safe to try but not as safe as just letting somebody better equipped and trained deal with it. (My uncle "heavy" hunted coons from Thanksgiving to New Years most of my childhood. Occasionally I got to go along. My uncle shot more possum than coons)

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond View Post
    Trust all the above statements! Have you ever seen the size of the needle they use to inject the rabies vaccine? That monster is enough to make most people scream with fear just upon seeing it.
    I was nailed by a rat when I was in the navy back in the 60's. Couldn't catch it so had to go through the rabies series of shots. One a day for 15 days as I recall. All in the belly. It's fewer shots these days but still not worth risking exposure to begin with. Another fun fact - even with the shots today it's possible to get the disease as much as 6 months later as the vaccine isn't 100% effective. Imagine for six solid months what goes through your mind every time you get a little sore throat.

    I repeat, let the pros handle that possum.
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    Let animal control handle the poor little critter. That being said, opossum are beneficial because they eat ticks, snakes, and it's extremely rare that they would have rabies. As far as the smell is concerned it emits it when playing dead, and oh yes they do play dead and the smell help sales it.
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    +5 to all above

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    Pretty sure possums cannot get rabies.....they also eat ticks.....you may want to look at them more favorably. Looks are not to good but they do serve a purpose in nature.

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    As all have said, Animal Control is your safest bet. If in doubt let them handle.

    https://opossumsocietyus.org/faq-opossum/
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    I agree with Jerry, it is very rare for opossums to have rabies due to their lower body temperature; however, they still have a nasty set of teeth so why risk it, call animal control

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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    If the rabies doesn't worry you, then think about distemper, tetanus, salmonella, or hepatitis.
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    Re: Advice on solving a possum issue..

    And I clicked in this to see if you were asking for the recipe for possum on a stick.....
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