The native Australian possums have traditionally lived in rain forests or in areas with abundant vegetation.
Due to dynamic changes to the environment occurring over the past few years, possums feel forced to reside in roofs, garages, sheds and similar habitats. This can cause problems for the household and for the possum/s. Two common possum species in Australia are the common brushtail possum and the common ringtail possum. Overall, possums are harmless furry creatures, but they can cause considerable damage to plants and buildings. There are five reasons possums cause issues:
They destroy crops
Possums were introduced in New Zealand during the 1850s to harvest their fur and leather. However, there was no natural predator so over the course of 100 years the possum overpopulated and became a large threat to New Zealand vegetation. Possums enjoy eating fruits, vegetables and natural plants like apples, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, acacia species and especially eucalypts.
They make a lot of noise at night
Possums become incredibly raucous as night falls since they are nocturnal animals. They chatter, screech and make sounds like clicks, smacks, hisses, grunts, and coughs. The loud noises often compromise a good night’s rest.
They are nesters
Possums possess the ability to squeeze through the smallest holes, meaning they can gain access to house roofs, garages, sheds and also chimneys as long as there’s an available entry. This can be an issue as they secrete a distinct smell from their urine, faeces and from their anal glands (when they’re handled).
In addition to the smell, possums leave their faeces or urine in attics, and on sheds and verandas. They also cause trouble by eating your vegetation, raiding through poultry houses, tearing through insulation and going through bins.
They can carry harmful diseases
Possums are harbourers of various bacterial infections in addition to mites, ticks, and parasites. Neither animals nor humans are immune to the diseases carried by possums. Diseases and bacteria, like Buruli bacteria and bovine tuberculosis (only in New Zealand), are transferable through contact with the animal or with their faeces.
How do we relocate possums?
During the cooler months, the possum generally seeks alternate places to become their new den. When dealing with possums, it’s best to leave the relocation task to professionals like the technicians at Flick Anticimex.
Our technicians are licensed commercial possum re-locators, who work according to the strict rules and regulations set by the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Our possum removal process actually encourages cohabitation between possums and humans. Our process begins with temporarily relocating possums, putting them under the care of wildlife carers. We then install possum homes in backyards and return the possum/s to that home. This ensures that the possum won't be looking to build a nest in your home and that the possum doesn’t find itself in danger within the human home (for example, find trouble escaping, expose a wire causing danger to themselves and the family living inside the home).
If you have a possum problem, feel free to call us on 13 14 40 or leave your details in our contact form.
For more information on possums, visit our possum page or check out these top ten possum facts.