DIY Possum Removal and Relocation

Possums are native marsupials that have long lived in the Australian wilderness. They prefer to live in areas covered with large vegetation that include dense tree formations. As deforestation and urban sprawl issues continue to be a problem for Australian wildlife, possums have found the suburban setting a desirable, alternative habitat. For this reason, the removal of possums that have taken up residence in the ceilings or roofs of houses a common necessity. The following tips on deterring and removal of possums have been proven to be quite effective. If however you are unable to stop the spread of these troublesome marsupials onto your property, in many problem areas such as Brisbane there are removal teams who are specially trained in the art of possum removal.

One of the main issues with respect to possum removal is the fact that these marsupials are largely nocturnal. This means that they are very much awake during the night when many Australian homeowners are fast asleep. It is not uncommon to hear possums running around, screech and screaming, and at times fighting amongst each other on suburban rooftops, resulting in loud noises that can be quite intolerable for people who are trying to sleep.
These seemingly normal actions of possums have created quite a stir in many Australian homes, especially those with large trees growing nearby. Cities with warmer climates such as Brisbane seem to have the highest number of possum pest control problems. Since these critters are fond of vegetation, they tend to see these trees as part of their extended natural habitat, while living in the cost space of a ceiling or garage.

possum on a fenceAn option worth looking into when it comes to getting possums to relocate is to cut down any trees growing very near to the house, especially if its branches have begun extending over the rooftop area. These trees act as highways for the possums and make it easy for them to access the roof space. Alternatively, if the tree needs to be preserved for aesthetic or environmental reasons, cutting off the extended branches should suffice.

Another option to deter possums is to strategically place spotlights or sensor lights that shine onto the trees that possums use to gain access to your rooftop area. These animals do not like bright lights and avoid them whenever possible, so this should aid in keeping them at bay. Deterrent sprays have also been developed with possums in mind. These can be effective and are available in most local gardening and hardware stores.

If you have removed all potential access points to your rooftop but you still find yourself being woken up at night by screeching marsupials you make need to take further steps to keep the possums away. It’s time to get a ladder out and see if you can find where they are getting in and out of your ceiling.

A hole or crack surrounded by brown stains is a sign that the cavity is being used as a point of entry. This needs to be filled in or patched up. Ideally, this should be done at night when the possums have exited the cavity so they don’t get trapped inside, but as this may be significantly more difficult than during daylight hours, a trap can be set inside the roof to catch any trapped possums. Red apples can be used as bait to lure them into the waiting enclosure. Once caught the possums can be released back into the wild. Be sure to check local laws relating to possum removal and relocation to ensure you remain compliant.

possum controlIf you are seeking more information on getting rid of possums take a look here, or do an online search for your local expert if you need personal assistance. You might also want to consider planting some native vegetation in your garden to provide a hospitable, alternative place for these little critters to reside, which may lure them out of your home and back into their more traditional residence.