Possums are a very common pest in the Shoalhaven region. We have been dealing with them a lot over the past month and expect that their unwanted presence will rise over the next few months making them a significant winter pest.
Possums naturally live within the hollows of trees, sheltering there during the day and emerging to feed and explore their territory at night. Their pest status rises when they enter roof voids via broken roofing, (tiles or ridge capping), or damaged eaves. Their presence inside roof cavities can cause discomfort to the occupants as they make a lot of noise moving about the roof. Their urine and faeces cause significant damage to the ceiling plaster and produces bad odours. These reasons usually render their presence within a roof as undesirable and they need to be removed.
How do you remove a possum from a home?
As possums are native to Australia, there are restrictions and regulations around their control. They must not be killed. A licence to trap and remove possums must be gained from national parks and wildlife.
An inspection will be completed prior to setting a trap to ensure that the problem is definitely possums as rat and other rodents will make noises in a roof cavity. Footprints, droppings and odour are some of the signs professional pest managers will look for to identify with certainty that the intruder is a possum. The picture below is taken from a home in Jervis Bay and shows some possum droppings on the insulation and ceiling plaster. There are also urine stains on the ceiling plaster.
Once confirmed, a trap is set in the roof cavity with an attractant, usually a piece of fruit such as an apple. The possum will attempt to eat the fruit and will be caught within.
Once the possum is caught the entry point which the possum is using to access to roof cavity is proofed to prevent future re-entry back into the roof space. As possums are territorial they must be released within the vicinity they are caught. But don’t worry your property will be proofed, and they will not re-enter. The pictures below shows the offending possum from Jervis Bay caught within our cage.
Where will the possum go?
The possum generally will seek out an alternative place to make its den somewhere within the local area from where it is caught.
An area that have high possum populations such Jervis Bay and many other areas of the South Coast. It is a good idea is to install a purpose made den to a tree or pole if possible. Placing fruit inside will attract the recently ‘homeless’ possum inside, it will realise that it is a nice place and will become its new den. Many customers of Amalgamated Pest Control have had these installed to their properties which work very effectively.
If you’d like some information on how to manage possum problems best at your property call Amalgamated Pest Control Shoalhaven.