Possums: The ultimate opportunists. Although woodlands are their natural habitat, they can easily move into more urban areas where they can find food in the form of trash, pet food, and human food. As a result, there are now more possums living or spending time in yards, than in wild.
Generally speaking, a possum in your yard is just passing through for a meal and will soon be moving on. Additionally, it can aid in the eradication of nearby pests like small rodents, insects, and slugs.
Apossum may move into a deck, crawl space, patio, garage, or attic to take advantage of the shelter there in some circumstances, such as during below-freezing weather or during breeding, and could stay there for months if there is a nearby food source.
Possums are not particularly harmful, but there are a few reasons why they need to be left alone in the wilderness rather than being controlled directly without Pest control Adelaideprofessionals.
Common possum species
Two of the 23 species that are known to exist in Australia are most likely to be running along your roof at night.
These marsupials are nocturnal, semi-tree dwellers. They are native to Australia and are the second-largest possum there. They are about the size of a domestic cat.
The Brushtail Possum has a bushy black tail, long oval ears, and a pointed face with a pink nose. Silver grey, black, and gold are the three colour varieties found in Tasmania. Possums tend to be darker in colour in denser, wetter forests.
They are a marsupial from Australia. They eat a variety of plants, flowers, and fruits and live in different habitats. They are about the size of a small cat, mostly grey in colour, with white fur on the belly, behind the eyes, and on the tip of the tail.They have hints of orange and brown on their tail and limbs.
They can range from light grey to dark grey in colour, with legs and a belly that are tinged red or orange. Its coiling tail has fur on top but is naked on the underside.
A female possum is referred to as a “Jill,” a male as a “Jack,” and the young as “Joeys.” A passel is the name for a group of these possums.
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How to manage possum populations
Possums are typically peaceful creatures. There are several ways to get rid of them, but the majority just entail making the surroundings less inviting. So, here are a few ways to prevent a possum infestation.
Your home’s vents and open doors should be covered. Make sure a grid screen is installed over chimneys and attic vents.Decks, doors, and window screens should have any holes repaired or covered. At night, make sure to cover or lock the pet door.
Ultrasonic Motion Devices
Put the motion-activated device close to the trouble spot where possums congregate most often. When a possum crosses a motion sensor, a motion activated device is triggered, turning on and activating, potentially scaring many possums away.
Spread something strong-smelling. Ammonia, garlic, and mothballs have a tendency to make possums run away. Put some chemical repellent on. These can be used on garden, flowerbeds, or the foundation of a building.
Get rid of food sources
Possums are drawn to yards and properties with easy access to food. You will significantly reduce the allure of your property by eliminating the food sources. Never purposefully leave food out for possums. Possums that are fed by people will eventually lose their fear of people and may turn hostile if food is not provided.
Make sure the garbage bin lids are tightly closed to keep possums away. If possible, feed animals inside, and if not, clean up any leftover food and water from outside. Keep grills and grease traps clean.
If you have fruit trees, pick up any fallen fruit or use netting to try to stop the fruit from falling.
Don’t strew bird seed in the late afternoon. Try to do it in the afternoon or late at night, and only use bird feeders or move them during the day.
Get rid of hiding places in the outdoors
Especially around homes and other structures, mow tall grass. Eliminate any branch, wood, and clipping piles. Additionally, items like overturned planters or barrels make good hiding places.
Possums can be captured humanely and without harm or death by using a live trap. Place a trap there where the possum likes to hang out. Use the right bait to draw the possum into the cage, such as fruit, vegetables, berries, or peanut butter.
Make sure to keep an eye on the trap. When the possum is in the trap, move it to a quiet area and cover it until you’re ready to release it.Use thick gloves or a long pole to avoid getting scratched, if possible. Point the cage in the direction you want the possum to run when you release it.
Hire a professional
Removing possums can be a difficult task; plus, they are a protected species in Australia. So, hire a professional Pest Control Adelaide to remove them without any hassle. Professional can get permission for relocation and have experience in handling them. So, want to remove possums or prevent them from infesting your property? Contact Pestico Pest Control today!
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