• When threatened or harmed, these animals will "play opossum", mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal.
• Opossums don't build their own dens; therefore they often take shelter in abandoned animal burrows, hollow logs, brush piles, woodpiles, attics and other man-made structures.
• Opossums have no control over when they play dead or for how long they do it: The comatose-like state is an involuntary reaction triggered by stress.
Eliminate brush piles, dilapidated buildings, and holes under concrete slabs. Opossums use the abandoned burrows of other animals rather than digging their own.
Pick fruit and garden crops when they are ripe to discourage opossums, and do not leave rotten fruit or crops on the ground.
Do not leave pet food or trash outdoors at night. This is always an invitation to dinner.
Secure pet doors at night, as opossums occasionally enter homes through pet doors. Once inside, they can generally be coaxed outside with a broom.