How to Remove Possums from Your Home

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Regardless of where you live, pests are always a problem. But if you migrate to Australia, the continent which everyone else calls Down Under, you will encounter many animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. Almost all of Australia’s indigenous mammals are marsupials, a collective name given to animals whose females carry their babies in a pouch below their abdomen. Kangaroos, koalas and possums fall in this group. They live in the wild and mostly avoid humans. However, some have started living with humans and become pests because of their unhygienic and destructive behaviour.

In parts of Australia, especially in the southern states of the country, opossums have come to be looked upon as more of a pest than the cute, cuddly little animals that they in fact are. Possums are nocturnal marsupials that like to live in trees. When coming face to face with enemies, they instinctively play ‘dead’. Grownup possums are about 2 feet long and weigh about 10 pounds. They are omnivorous animals and eat anything they come across with, including garbage and carrion. They have 50 sharp teeth in their mouth and sharp claws in their hands and legs. Possums are not hostile by nature, but they can fight back if they see no way to escape.

Being timid, possums like to avoid people. However, the destruction of their natural habitat resulting from urban expansion has left them with no alternative other than to get used to a new way of life in close proximity to humans. In cities like Adelaide in South Australia, displaced possums have started living on the cavities, attics and roofs of homes. They are known to be slow but very good climbers. Possums are viewed as pests because they spill garbage.

They are a source of hygiene problems because they leave large droppings and urines in the attic, which can become a breeding ground for germs and parasites. They often damage properties, especially electrical systems, which can sometimes result in power failures that require expensive repairs. That’s why proper possum removal should be executed. Apart from that, possums also have a strong odour and stink.

Possums are protected by law in Australia. This means that they cannot be shot, poisoned or killed in any way. Therefore, the only alternative available for possum control is to trap them and release them back in the wild. The good news is that they can be trapped easily. The bad news is that it may be illegal to do so in your state. For example, trapping and removing possums is illegal in Queensland, and violating this law may cost you $5,000.00. In other states also you need license from the wildlife department. The usual method of ensnaring possums is to set a large case with food as bait. You should first find out which food possums like the best. But because of legal huddles, rather than trapping and removing possums yourself, the best thing would be to get help from licensed possum removal companies. There are a number of companies in Australia that specialize in possum removal that you can find with a quick web search.

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