Part of growing up in the luscious green suburbs of coastal Australia, especially around Brisbane and Sydney, is constantly running into the abundant wildlife here. One animal that has adapted exceptionally well to the invasion of humans into their native homes is the brush-tail possum. As suburbia has expanded, these cute, furry critters have moved from their historical homes living amongst trees and bushland, into people ceilings, roof crevices and garages.
Why would this pose a problem you ask? The thing is possums are extremely territorial, and because they are so abundant, there are always clashes over any available territory. As one possum tries to displace and remove another, fighting often ensues and because they are nocturnal creatures, the loud altercations generally happen at night. Due to their nimble nature and uncanny ability to access hard to reach places, a rogue possum is one pest that can be very hard to control.
This poses a problem for those of us who like to sleep through the dark hours of the night. Scampering and fighting on roofs can be deafening, especially if you happen to have a tin roof, and if there are any gaps or crevices in your house, they will find a way to get in and make it their home as well. This can cause all sorts of hygiene and noise control problems, as other pesky possums invade in an attempt to take over the newly found hidey-hole.
Because possums are a protected species you cannot hurt or kill them, and if you catch one in a possum trap you are not allowed to take them more than 50 meters away from where they are caught. The good new is that if you are having issues with their loud banging and scampering keeping you up at night we have some tips for you, brought to you by Brisbane’s possum removal experts.
First and foremost, cut down the trees close to your home! Possums won’t build a home in your roof if they can’t access it. This simple step is a massive possum deterrent. If there are tall trees around your house, chances are possums are using them to access the top of your house. Remove the branches or trees that are close to your home and your can very easily remove the possum problem. If they are unable to get up onto your house, they will move on to somewhere more easily accessible to hang out and live.
If this doesn’t work, and you’re still being kept up late at night it is quite likely that some of our furry friends have made a home inside your ceiling. Get up on your roof and take a look to see if you can find any access points. Once you have located any holes, patch them up thoroughly so that possums can no longer get in or out. If you do this during the day, keep in mind that there may be one or even a few of the little critters asleep inside, so it might be best to set a possum trap for them so you can remove them and set them free outside.
Another way to keep them away from your home is to plant some native trees around your yard. Certain trees make excellent homes for these cute little marsupials, and many varieties are also the possums’ preferred foods, what they ate before European settlers brought over their agricultural methods and vegetable gardens. Plantings some of these will keep them away from your home and your veggie patch! If you’d like more great tips from a long-time possum catcher, check out the latest Pesky Possum Pest Control blog posts.