Possums: Where they are, how to remove them.
We regularly receive calls from concerned, (and often frightened), property owners who believe they have a Rodent problem after hearing strange noises coming from their roof void in the early hours of the morning.
After an inspection we often find the culprit not to be a rodent, (to the owners relief), but a native possum who has made their roof a home.
In our local area, there is both Brushtail and Ringtail possums.
The Ringtail, (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), possum is smaller with a gingerish coat, small rounded ears, and a narrow tail with a white tip. The Brushtail possum usually presents the majority of problems due to its tendency to enter and sleep in buildings.
The Brushtail, (Trichosurus vulpecular), possum is a cat-size animal with a grey coat, largen erect ears and a black bushy tail. The Brushtail possum usually presents the majority of problems due to its tendency to enter and sleep in buildings, urinate and defecate in the ceiling void
Brushtail possums are one of the rare native mammals that continue to share space with people in urban areas.
Brushtail possums are native, nocturnal marsupials and like all native wildlife, the brushtail possum is protected in Queensland. To capture and release a possum, a permit is required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, (DERM).
How to remove a possum from your property
Possums can easily acces the roof void through area’s such as a broken tile, so we will first seal off these areas so the possum cannot return inside the structure.
We then install a Possum nesting box in a large tree near to the structure and place some roughly cut fruit such as bananas and pawpaw’s on top of the box to attract the possum to the new nesting site.
Possums are typically very happy in their new home, (possum box) and the home owner is relieved there is no more noise coming from the ceiling of a night time.
If you believe you have a possum problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.