I had a raccoon come in the house once. I chased it around with a broom. It
peed as it ran away, and never even bared teeth at me (I avoided cornering
it). Eventually it overcame its panic and remembered the way out. My old
(deaf and blind in one eye) dog never even saw it, but found the pee
What really put them out of my life, though, was fanatically locking up all
my food and garbage with metal cans in a big trashcan box, and child locks
on anything they could get their hands on.
I had a family of opossums move into a space under a staircase in my garage.
We used to keep the door partly open for a cat.
I went out there one night and started screaming at them.
The family moved out that night. Didn't like the neighbors, apparently.
Could be, but opossums are the gypsies of the animal world. They hang around
one spot for a couple of days, then move on to their next stop. I have a
opossum that visits me (I recognize it). He stops by about once every eight
weeks or so, chows down on the outside cat's never-empty food bowl, then
moves on. He's (or maybe she's) been doing this circuit for almost two
Every once in a while, one of the cats gets pissed and chases him/her up a
tree, but, in large measure, the two species tolerate each other.
Measure its maximum height, add about 12", go to a big box like Home
and get a sufficient amount of "hardware cloth". This is a steel mesh
that you can staple
to the porch portions, is able to be have the bottom part put into a
at the base, then put the dirt back and consider lining it with
stones. Or else consider
simply filling the little trench with concrete.
But also consider correcting the conditions that encouraged the
animals to be there in the
first place. Clean it out well, and then spread a fair amount of cheap
around with an aerosol sprayer to discourage the squirrels.
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