Attracted to yards by rodents and gardens, the opossum is a nocturnal nuisance in the city of Houston, TX. These pests gorge on anything in their path, creating noise while they pick through garbage bins around garages and sheds. They also make scratching and clawing sounds when they hunt rats and nest inside structural voids, attics, walls, and crawl spaces. The presence of opossums in Houston yards can lure local predators as well, including coyotes, foxes, and horned owls.