How To Get Rid Of Possums
Possums may look cute and cuddly, but in your roof they are a major nuisance. They keep you awake at night, leave a mess, and can even chew through electrical wiring which can lead to electric shock or fire.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of possums, we can give you a few tips on how to both remove them, and how to make sure they never return.
How to get rid of possums
First, it’s important to work out whether the noise in your roof is actually from a possum, or just from some loud rats or mice. The size of the entry point gives away the type of animal– a pest control professional can locate the entry point and determine this for you.
Once you’re sure you have a possum in your roof, you will need to hire a licenced possum removal professional to trap it humanely (without causing harm), then remove it from your roof.
Releasing the trapped possum
Australian laws state that trapped possums need to be released within 25 metres of where they were captured, so once you have got rid of the possum from your roof, it will most likely still need to stay on your property. But don’t despair – there are several steps you can take to make sure that it doesn’t come back to its den.
Patching up your roof
Possums are very territorial, so once you have evicted them they are going to want to go straight back to their warm, comfy home above your house. This means that before you release the possum, you need to find out where the possum entered the roof, then seal up this space.
In most cases the entry point is a minor fault like a missing or shifted tile, which at Jim’s Pest Control we can fix up for you. For something bigger like part of the roof base missing, we will need to call in a roofer.
When the possum professional puts the trap out, they should always wait at least 24 hours before sealing the hole so that you don’t accidentally leave any possums in there and block them into the roof.
Other ways to stop possums returning
You may have sealed up the entry point, but possums are determined little critters, so it’s worth taking these other steps to help keep them out for good:
- Hang a nesting box or hollow log in a nearby tree. If the possum can find a new home, they will leave your roof alone.
- Cut tree branches that overhang or come close to your house, so that it’s hard for the possum to get access to your roof.
Easy possum removal
The simplest and fastest option is to get a qualified professional to trap the possum and reseal the entry points for you. Jim’s Termite & Pest Control are your local possum experts – we are fully qualified for safe, humane and effective possum removals, and will make sure they’re unable to return. Call us on 131 546, or click here to get your free quote.