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 an extremely territorial animal and if they have moved into your roof once they will certainly do their best to keep coming back time and time again.
Equally important as the safe removal of the animal, is the location and repair of their entry points.
Possible entry points can include;
- Ridge and valley capping
- Broken tiles
- Damaged eaves
- Pipe work and service holes
- Ventilation grills
We can certainly locate and advise you with the repair of all these areas. Jim’s uses a variety of flashing and mesh products that can cover the most difficult situations.
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.