For decades, possum habitat has been in decline due to deforestation from farming and the continual expansion of suburbia. Being are a very adaptable animal however, many possums have learned to live in the crevices and rooftops that replaced the trees that were once their homes.
This is a cause for concern for many residents because possums, being nocturnal, become active while most of us are trying to sleep. If you’ve ever had a possum living above your ceiling you know they can be quite noisy – fighting, screeching and running along the roof. They can also leave behind the foul stench of urine and brown stains of secretion from their glands, which they use to mark their territory. If you live in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, the team at Pesky Possum can help you with possum removal and relocation, however for those of you who live in other areas here are some tips to keep the pesky critters at bay.
How to Get Rid of Possums
- Remove Any Food Sources
- Cut Back Trees Near Your Home
- Use Possum Deterrents e.g. Sprays, Spikes and Spotlights
- Build a Possum Box
- Trap the Possums and Seal Up Entry Points
Where to Start
The first step to getting rid of possums from inside your ceiling is find out how they are getting into your home. This will usually be under the eaves or through a gap under your tiles. A brown stain around any possible entry/exit point is a good indicator that the hole is being used. Once you have established how the possum is getting inside, you should patch up the hole while the possum is outside or patch it and set a trap inside so it can be caught and released.
Possums are usually sleeping during the day so you can wait until nightfall to patch up the hole, ensuring that the possum does not get trapped inside. Another option is to patch up the hole during the day and set a trap inside the roof to catch the possum so you can then set it free on the outside. Red apples are a good choice for trap bait. Click the following link to find out more about trap hire in South-East Queensland.
When patching up any holes ensure you use solid sheeting or timber, as possums can be very determined and will claw their way back through weaker materials. Take a look at the video to see just how aggressively they may try to get back inside!
How to Deter Possums from Coming Back
Once you have sealed up the possum entry point, you can take further steps to stop the possums trying to turn your house into their home in the future. The most obvious steps to take are to remove food sources and make it harder for them to get access to your rooftop.
Ensure your trash is covered properly and inaccessible and any pet food is inside or where possums cannot access it. If you have a compost pile keep it sealed up and pick any fruit that trees in your yard produce before the possums do.
Cut back trees that are growing near you home, so possums don’t have easy access to your roof. You can also put spikes along fences to keep them from using these as a highway.
Some other ways to deter them are:
Possum sprays – Nurseries, hardware stores and supermarkets stock a range of possum deterrent sprays, or you can make your own. Research online the most effective ways to do this.
Spotlights – These can be aimed onto trees where possums tend to frequent. Possums do not like bright lights so this will deter them.
Build a Possum Box – A possum box will give them all somewhere to live that isn’t inside your ceiling.
If you need to get rid of a possum but don’t want to go through all the hassle yourself, give Pesky Possum Pest Control a call on 1300 767 786 to discuss your options. We have a number of possum removal experts who can swiftly and safely remove the possum and patch up your home to keep those pesky critters at bay!