There are two most likely species to be thumping across your roof or backyard at night: The Brush Tail possum and the Ringtail possum. The Brushtail Possum has a pointed face and pink nose, with long oval ears and a bushy black tail. It has grey fur with white patches behind the eyes and usually a cream coloured belly. It has a long prehensile tail which normally has a white tip over 25% of its length.
Possums are incredibly agile. They can climb vertical walls and have been known to jump from a tree to a roof up to 4 meters away. They can pull off roof tiles and squeeze through the smallest of holes. A brown stain around any possible entry/exit point is a good indicator that the hole is being used.
As possums are natives of Australia there are regulations around the correct removal. Once caught in a specially designed possum trap, they must be released within 24 hours no more than 50m from where they were captured.
We will help you identify the possible points of entry and once the possum is caught we recommend proofing the area to stop the possum from coming back. You may also help increase the risk of the possum coming back by trimming overhanging branches or undertaking more extensive repairs to your roof.
Common brushtail possums are not a social animal. They usually only come together for breeding
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.
They are not usually aggressive but like any animal, they will defend themselves if cornered or feels under threat.
It is best to call a professional to get rid of them without the hassle or stress and exposing potential danger to you and your family. There is no spray or electronic device that you can buy that actually works to deter possums.
Trapping, releasing and then proofing your home or business is the only way.
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