Possums are a well known pest in many areas of Sydney during the winter months. The most common species is the Brush Tailed Possum. The brush Tailed Possum is a native possum of Australia and is the largest in size.
During the cooler months, the possum will generally seek out an alternative place to make its den somewhere within the local area from where it may be caught.
The Epping / North Ryde area is currently experiencing a high rate of possum activity, much to the disappointment of property owners who’s sleep is often compromised. Possums are nocturnal marsupials that are commonly seen in city and suburban areas. They make their dens usually in hollows of trees, in cities and suburban areas these areas can be far and few between. It’s common in these areas for possums to make their dens within the roof cavities of urban homes.
Do I have a possum problem?
Their presence inside roof cavities can cause discomfort to the occupants as they make a lot of noise as they move about the roof. Their urine and faeces can also lead to potential health risks as well as creating a bad smell within the roof. These signs usually render their presence within a roof as undesirable and they need to be removed. Being native animals they only achieve their pest status once they inhabit the dwellings of humans, then they become a pest.
How to safely remove a possum from your property
As possums are native to Australia, there are restrictions and regulations around their control, simply, possums cannot be harmed. A licence to trap and remove possums must be gained from national parks and wildlife.
After inspection to ensure that the problem is definitely possums, 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 50m from where it is caught. But don’t worry your property will be proofed and they will not re-enter.
In areas of high possum populations a good idea is to install a purpose made den to a tree or pole. 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 well. As you can see from the picture above, this particular den has been installed on the structure. The possum has a nice place to live and everybody’s happy.
If you would like more information on how to manage possum problems at your property, call Amalgamated Pest Control Sydney.