How to get Possums out of the Roof

One pest that we deal with regularly while performing pest control in Sydney are Possums. Possum removal is very common throughout Sydney and the species of possum commonly found throughout Sydney are the Ringtail Possum and more commonly the Brushtail Possum.

Possums naturally live in trees. However, in an urban environment roof voids are a great substitute for trees.

On most possum inspections, removals, and exclusions that we perform the species that we find in roof voids are brushtails and occasionally, ringtails.

Possums in your roof can cause you a lot of discomfort. They make a lot of noise at inconvenient hours. A lot of customers we visit that have possums in the roof for the first time are woken up by what they initially think is an intruder in their home.

How Do I know Possums are in my Roof?

Noise is the big indicator. Possums are nocturnal so they are active at night and sleeping through the day. As they become active for the night you will hear them as they move around your roof cavity, as they are quite large, the noises you may hear as they walk around will be kind of a thumping noise They hiss a lot also which you may hear. Quite different to rats they make hardly any noise when moving around and with rats you will tend to hear a lot of scratching and gnawing.

Possums also have a distinct scent which you may notice, you may even see urine stains on your ceiling.

Droppings are they key indicator that we will use to confirm that it is a possum that is in your roof. Possum droppings look vastly different from each other which look completely different from rat droppings.

Identification of the animal in your roof can be easily done by somebody experienced with pest control in Sydney.

What Can I Do if I have Possums in the Roof?

Most people who have possums in their roof want them out. Possum removal is usually a priority fro those with unwanted squatters in the roof. This must be done properly and carefully as our native wildlife must be protected from serious harm. It is against the law to harm a possum. This must be considered seriously when dealing with possums. Licences and permits are required if you intend to harm a native animal. Some methods of excluding or removing possums can cause harm.

The way a possum should be excluded or removed is in the way that will cause the least harm to the animal.

What can I do if I do not have a Licence or Permit?

Provide a new home for the possum. Possum boxes can be constructed or purchased and then placed onto a tree or structure at least 4 meters above the ground to protect the animal from predators. To entice the animal into the box you can obtain some of it is nesting material (if it is safe to do so) and place some tasty fruits inside to entice it in.

Block the possum’s entry holes to your roof.  If you are going to attempt to exclude the possum from your roof you must first ensure the possum has exited the roof before you block the hole and consider that there may be more than one possum in there to start with. Assess how many possums are in your roof. Assess your roof to find out how it is getting in.
Observe the possum/s leaving the roof at night and when they are out block the hole with suitable materials before the possum returns.  The possum will have to find an alternative place to live. Maybe the possum box you installed. When we install possum boxes, we will block up holes at night once the possum leaves. This greatly increases the chances of the possum finding and living in the box.

Installing a one-way door. One-way doors can be installed that allow the possum to exit but not get back in. For this option, you still will need to block entry points and there are options as far as doors go. You are best to speak to a professional possum operator however for the best way to approach this.

Although no licences or permits are required to perform the above options, it is highly recommended that you contact somebody experienced in dealing with possums. They will have a keener eye for possible entry points and see what you may not, and often, help you resolve the issue quicker.

What do you Require a Licence for?

If the possum needs to be trapped to be removed from the roof space, then a licence or permit is required. Trapping is defined as harm to the possum under legislation.

The general process should be followed as such

  1. Confirm that the pest on the roof is possums.
  2. Assess the roof space for their entry point/s.
  3. We will generally set the trap catch the possum and hold it for less than 24 hours in a safe place, covered with breathable material.
  4. After capture and before release is when the repairs need to take place to exclude the possum. This may take some careful and committed organisation if the roof has repairs that require another trades person as the possum must be released on the property and cannot be held for longer than 24 hours.
  5. Release the possum after sunset and in urban areas are released back on the property from which they are captured.
You should leave trapping to experienced and licensed people. The trapping process is quite stressful for the possum.

Are you Still Concerned about Possums?

If you have questions about possums, our people have many years’ experience with pest control in Sydney and dealing with possums correctly. Get in touch if you would like help or advise on this topic.

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