Possums: Where they are, how to remove them.
Recently I was called to a residential property in Burpengary, Qld. The resident believed she had a Rodent problem, as she could hear strange noises coming from her roof void of a night time.
I climbed up in the roof to inspect with my trusty flashlight and to my surprise I found a Brushtail Possum with her baby curled up a sleep in the corner of the roof.
In our local area, the Morton Bay Region, 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
While I was inspecting the roof void the possum with her baby on her back fled the roof void through a broken tile. I then sealed of this area so the possum could not return inside the structure.
I then installed a Possum nesting box in the large mango tree beside the structure and placed some roughly cut bananas and pawpaw’s on top of the box to attract the possum to the new nesting site.
Two weeks later the possum and her baby are happy in their new home, (possum box), in the mango tree 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 call your local Amalgamated Pest Control branch.