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(TreeHugger)   First the good news: There is an Eco-friendly way of eliminating ticks off your property. Now the bad news: It involves bringing opossum onto your property   ( treehugger.com) divider line
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2017-07-17 01:41:39 AM  
Where can I buy one of those?
 
2017-07-17 02:26:28 AM  
Why is that bad?  No ticks and you get 'possum stew once in a while.  Yee haw!
 
2017-07-17 02:26:55 AM  
I have one that circles the house according to the security cams every 4 days, guess I need to have a talk with the dogs so they stop scaring him off.
 
2017-07-17 02:53:11 AM  
How about fire? Can I just use fire? I'll use fire.
 
2017-07-17 03:16:12 AM  
I'm ok with that.
 
2017-07-17 03:20:07 AM  
Between Lyme disease and that new tick  disease where you end up allergic to meat for the rest of your life, I'm okay with a few overgrown rats running around the lawn.
 
2017-07-17 03:23:25 AM  
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Screw opossums, these will take care of your tick problems. Difficulty: They're dumb as hell and thus are easily picked off by coyotes and raptors.
 
2017-07-17 03:24:57 AM  
Are opossum a problem?

Before my parents bought their current home, they were renting a second-floor apartment with a balcony. There was a possum that used to stop by and eat the cat food. Interestingly, the tuxedo cat (who lived to be 19) who hated most other animals, tolerated him. Sometimes they would just hang out, munching kibble companionably. My sister decided the possum was named "Frank."
 
2017-07-17 03:27:29 AM  

buzzcut73: [img.fark.net image 259x194]
Screw opossums, these will take care of your tick problems. Difficulty: They're dumb as hell and thus are easily picked off by coyotes and raptors.


Screw that. I'd rather have Lyme disease than listen to the godawful racket made by one guinea fowl, never mind several.
 
2017-07-17 03:35:03 AM  

buzzcut73: [img.fark.net image 259x194]
Screw opossums, these will take care of your tick problems. Difficulty: They're dumb as hell and thus are easily picked off by coyotes and raptors.


Or rain. Or their own shadow. Or clouds. Or Grass. Or mud. Or humidity. Or... ugh. It offends me that such a dumb animal is not long extinct
 
2017-07-17 03:36:05 AM  
I have possums coming by regularly to eat the cat food. I don't mind them a bit, although they tend to freak the cats out.
 
2017-07-17 03:37:19 AM  

Nogale: Are opossum a problem?

Before my parents bought their current home, they were renting a second-floor apartment with a balcony. There was a possum that used to stop by and eat the cat food. Interestingly, the tuxedo cat (who lived to be 19) who hated most other animals, tolerated him. Sometimes they would just hang out, munching kibble companionably. My sister decided the possum was named "Frank."


No, possums are harmless. They might hiss and bear their teeth when cornered, but they're just a likely to play dead. They're much less inquisitive and destructive than raccoons. They also aren't carriers of rabies, probably because the virus didn't evolve to infect marsupials.
 
2017-07-17 03:39:27 AM  
There's a few that regularly come by my property. I leave them be, as I have them to thank for clearing up the snail infestation in my backyard. Squirrels, on the other hand...
 
2017-07-17 03:40:10 AM  
The only problem I had with possums was them making a mess of the water bowls.
 
2017-07-17 03:43:39 AM  
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2017-07-17 03:44:00 AM  
I've got possums and they don't seem to be making much of a dent in the tick population around here.

I'm calling bullshiat.
 
2017-07-17 03:44:59 AM  
Not a bad thing. The only reason my dad used to get after them was because he thought they were prone to dying in inconvenient places and stinking up the place same as any other animal.
 
2017-07-17 03:45:02 AM  
 
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2017-07-17 03:50:58 AM  

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2017-07-17 03:51:11 AM  
We've got a resident opossum that hangs out in our backyard... granted, our backyard is pretty much the woods.  I often find him/her hanging out on the railing of our deck.  He/she is pretty chill, even when I get close.  We have some nice one sided conversations.

Fun fact:  Opossums don't have a high enough resting body temperature to support the rabies virus.  They do have big scary teeth though so it's probably best not to try and give them a hug.
 
2017-07-17 03:54:57 AM  
What's wrong with opossums? There is a group of them living in and around our complex because they like the dry cat food we leave out and I couldn't care less. They don't bother me and I don't bother them.
 
2017-07-17 04:04:30 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: They also aren't carriers of rabies, probably because the virus didn't evolve to infect marsupials.


From what I have been told, rabies can infect any mammal including squirrels and opossums, just that it isn't common in the small furry things because they know they're prey so they work hard at not getting bit by larger animals plus if they do get bit by something bigger with rabies, the trauma from the bite will likely be the thing that kills right away rather than rabies.
 
2017-07-17 04:18:11 AM  
Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?
 
2017-07-17 04:20:45 AM  
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2017-07-17 04:22:46 AM  
Ants in pants will scare off ticks every time.
 
2017-07-17 04:23:06 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: Nogale: Are opossum a problem?

Before my parents bought their current home, they were renting a second-floor apartment with a balcony. There was a possum that used to stop by and eat the cat food. Interestingly, the tuxedo cat (who lived to be 19) who hated most other animals, tolerated him. Sometimes they would just hang out, munching kibble companionably. My sister decided the possum was named "Frank."

No, possums are harmless. They might hiss and bear their teeth when cornered, but they're just a likely to play dead. They're much less inquisitive and destructive than raccoons. They also aren't carriers of rabies, probably because the virus didn't evolve to infect marsupials.


Opossums have a fairly low body temperature, so the rabies virus has a hard time infecting them. They CAN get rabies, but it's very rare.
 
2017-07-17 04:34:16 AM  

Raddamant: How about fire? Can I just use fire? I'll use fire.


I got this.

www.ripleyvalleyruralfire.org.au
 
2017-07-17 04:35:28 AM  
scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.netMy little friend has got it covered as long as he isn't full after eating my cat's food.
 
2017-07-17 04:38:10 AM  

Qatmandu: I've got possums and they don't seem to be making much of a dent in the tick population around here.

I'm calling bullshiat.


I was coming here to say the same thing.
 
2017-07-17 04:45:20 AM  
There is no way each possum is eating 5500 ticks per week. That works out to 1 tick every 2 minutes. Once you factor in sleep time, they would basically just be sitting there eating ticks nonstop. I'm guessing it is more like 5500 a year, not every week. Still a good number.
 
2017-07-17 04:45:32 AM  
Well, as long as it's a cold winter, once I work myself up to the gorillas I should be okay.
 
2017-07-17 04:59:47 AM  

buzzcut73: [img.fark.net image 259x194]
Screw opossums, these will take care of your tick problems. Difficulty: They're dumb as hell and thus are easily picked off by coyotes and raptors.


And run into them with your car at anything above 20 miles per hour and expect some serious remodeling of the cars' bodywork, if not serious repairwork to the car innards. Those things are damn TOUGH.

/we have a family of them that moves around the bush close to us in the warmer summer months, since we're on the very edge of the city
 
2017-07-17 05:02:20 AM  
I like cute furry animals.  But possums can only claim one of those adjectives.

They creep me the fark out.  And I'm not easily creeped.

They can have the ticks, the grubs, and even the cat fud as long as they stay the fark out of sight.
 
2017-07-17 05:08:34 AM  

CRtwenty: Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?


Completely harmless is a bit far - there are sometimes aggressive examples - whether to people or pets.  They are mostly uninterested in bothering either though, unless you have a pet/person that insists on pestering them.  As wild animals go, they're about as harmless to humans as you're liable to find hanging around.  I think for most people it's just the "Ahh giant rat thing hissing at me WTF??" factor.  If you DO get an aggressive one though you want to get it cleared out of there, through traps, animal control, whatever.  They can do surprisingly messed up amounts of damage to anything they latch on to.
 
2017-07-17 05:20:38 AM  
What if I just want to eliminate ticks from my monorail?

/Really?  It took this long?
 
2017-07-17 05:23:03 AM  

Lord of the Highway: We've got a resident opossum that hangs out in our backyard... granted, our backyard is pretty much the woods.  I often find him/her hanging out on the railing of our deck.  He/she is pretty chill, even when I get close.  We have some nice one sided conversations.


So, what has the opossum said?

/tha damn things are chatterboxes
 
2017-07-17 05:26:46 AM  

swamp_of_dumb: Lord of the Highway: We've got a resident opossum that hangs out in our backyard... granted, our backyard is pretty much the woods.  I often find him/her hanging out on the railing of our deck.  He/she is pretty chill, even when I get close.  We have some nice one sided conversations.

So, what has the opossum said?

/tha damn things are chatterboxes


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

/may be paraphrasing a bit
 
2017-07-17 05:34:51 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CRtwenty: Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?

Completely harmless is a bit far - there are sometimes aggressive examples - whether to people or pets.  They are mostly uninterested in bothering either though, unless you have a pet/person that insists on pestering them.  As wild animals go, they're about as harmless to humans as you're liable to find hanging around.  I think for most people it's just the "Ahh giant rat thing hissing at me WTF??" factor.  If you DO get an aggressive one though you want to get it cleared out of there, through traps, animal control, whatever.  They can do surprisingly messed up amounts of damage to anything they latch on to.


Well as harmless as any wild animal can be. I'll take an aggressive Opossum over any other kind of aggressive animal any day.
 
2017-07-17 06:03:03 AM  
Go ahead and get rid of your possums, then watch your snake population explode.  Possums eat snakes, and they love copperhead babies.  For heaven's sake, scientists at UGA are studying them to see what mechanism possums have that seems to make them impervious to snake venom.  The thing you don't want to see heading into your area is armadillos.  Those suckers are stupid, destructive, and leprosy carriers.  Hit any other animal with your car, and you need to hose it off to get rid of the smell, but you hit an armadillo, you better get to the hot carwash or hand detail shop and tell them to wear the heavy gloves and face shields.  Leprosy is easily treated with antibiotics, but most drs. misdiagnose for weeks and months.
 
2017-07-17 06:24:25 AM  
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2017-07-17 06:29:45 AM  
Nothing wrong with possums. They're innocuous and (mostly) don't cause problems for the people they live near. Trash Pandas, on the other hand...
 
2017-07-17 06:29:48 AM  

CRtwenty: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CRtwenty: Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?

Completely harmless is a bit far - there are sometimes aggressive examples - whether to people or pets.  They are mostly uninterested in bothering either though, unless you have a pet/person that insists on pestering them.  As wild animals go, they're about as harmless to humans as you're liable to find hanging around.  I think for most people it's just the "Ahh giant rat thing hissing at me WTF??" factor.  If you DO get an aggressive one though you want to get it cleared out of there, through traps, animal control, whatever.  They can do surprisingly messed up amounts of damage to anything they latch on to.

Well as harmless as any wild animal can be. I'll take an aggressive Opossum over any other kind of aggressive animal any day.


Careful what you ask for.  They have some really nasty claws for their size - and amazingly sharp ones - they can rip things the hell up in a heartbeat and will if irked enough.  While the teeth are what look scary to most people, they're not the real problem.

/seriously - REALLY damn sharp
//notably so - notice almost anything about them puts "sharp" into the claw discussion at the least pretty immediately
///one sliced up an old set of motorcycle leathers we left to dry once, who knows why.  Nice parallel slices, not even remotely ragged, all the way through.  Tells ya something
 
2017-07-17 06:34:57 AM  
Honestly, this is a good idea. We were trying to buy a home in Connecticut for the longest time, and researched how to attract possums to the property and how to set up nesting sites in the thick brush that bordered the property. House had a well, so dumping chemicals on the lawn to keep the kids safe was freaking the wife out.

In the end we just threw up our hands and moved to Indiana, which is having it's wettest wet in forever, and the frikken mosquitoes are INSANE. Like Alaska insane. And I spent three years there, so I know.

Bonus - This is the front of our new house.

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We live down the road from the Colts training facility. We're going to be REALLY popular.
 
2017-07-17 06:35:56 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CRtwenty: Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?

Completely harmless is a bit far - there are sometimes aggressive examples - whether to people or pets.  They are mostly uninterested in bothering either though, unless you have a pet/person that insists on pestering them.  As wild animals go, they're about as harmless to humans as you're liable to find hanging around.  I think for most people it's just the "Ahh giant rat thing hissing at me WTF??" factor.  If you DO get an aggressive one though you want to get it cleared out of there, through traps, animal control, whatever.  They can do surprisingly messed up amounts of damage to anything they latch on to.


Most states require the animal is released on the property it was trapped on, unless it's a bear or other aggressive animal.

So calling a trapper is basically giving someone $100 for nothing.
 
2017-07-17 06:46:07 AM  
Are opossums really that bad? They're not the cutest of woodland creatures but from what I understand they're no worse than raccoons...

=Smidge=
 
2017-07-17 06:50:18 AM  
Hey yea when did it become O-possum...when I was a kid it was just possum now it's O-possum
 
2017-07-17 06:56:41 AM  

Smidge204: Are opossums really that bad? They're not the cutest of woodland creatures but from what I understand they're no worse than raccoons...

=Smidge=


No, they really aren't.  They're mostly seriously non-aggressive as animals go.  Usually about the worst you'll get is hissed at if you get too close - get pet food eaten if it's outside.  (But what would you expect in that case anyway?)  They just need to be treated with respect as they are capable of doing more serious damage than most people would expect if cornered or seriously pissed.
 
2017-07-17 07:05:02 AM  

Unikitty: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: CRtwenty: Opossums are completely harmless unless you're a piece of cat food or an open trash can. They're not even aggressive. What's wrong with having them nearby?

Completely harmless is a bit far - there are sometimes aggressive examples - whether to people or pets.  They are mostly uninterested in bothering either though, unless you have a pet/person that insists on pestering them.  As wild animals go, they're about as harmless to humans as you're liable to find hanging around.  I think for most people it's just the "Ahh giant rat thing hissing at me WTF??" factor.  If you DO get an aggressive one though you want to get it cleared out of there, through traps, animal control, whatever.  They can do surprisingly messed up amounts of damage to anything they latch on to.

Most states require the animal is released on the property it was trapped on, unless it's a bear or other aggressive animal.

So calling a trapper is basically giving someone $100 for nothing.


They are often considered nuisance animals or varmints, thus exempt to a lot of those kinds of regulations.  Depends on your state.  Even barring that, if the animal is damaging your property or acting aggressively to people or house pets it supersedes other concerns legally just about anywhere unless it's a protected animal.  So not so much, unless you live somewhere pretty odd, or you're trying to get rid of it when it isn't actually harming you or your stuff.
 
2017-07-17 07:18:33 AM  
I thought chickens worked for that as well

Then you can get eggs as well

If you're worried about the noise don't get a rooster and there's silent chickens


/Would do that at my house but my terrier would gorge herself in chicken
 
2017-07-17 07:24:58 AM  
Opossums are weird looking animals, to be sure.  But they are harmless enough.

We have one or two residing around here.  Along with skunks and groundhogs...  They all seem to be doing just fine.  If only they would eat the mosquitoes!
 
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