Opossums are similar to every other animal. Opossums need water along with their nightly food.
And where do opossums find a easy supply of water? Your swimming pool.
But there is a problem.
As they drink...opossums, for some unknown reason, fall into the swimming pool...and if they can't get out...they drown.
So an opossum may not be a pest in the usual sense we think about, but dragging and burying or trashing that carcass is a problem that puts them into the pest category.
So how do you prevent that opossum from meeting his maker in your back yard.
- GIVE A OPOSSUM A RAFT TO FLOAT ON: If you float a board or two in your pool each night, the opossum will have something to climb onto and wait for your rescue. That rescue is a work of art that you will have to think about to make it successful. But you have saved the opossum. Good work... you can say to yourself as she ambles off into the woods.
- GIVE A OPOSSUM A LADDER TO CLIMB OUT: Anything that an opossum can grab onto to climb out will work...maybe a board...or a net...or this commercial ramp...but the ladder has to be attached to the side of the pool so that as the opossum claws its way to safety...the ladder won't slip backwards and so the opossum can slip slowly away into the woods. (Remember...opossums walk very slowly)