Possum Pest Control

Possums are a part of Australian life. These cute marsupials are active at night, have become well-adapted to urban environments and can cause problems for homeowners by making noise in the roof or eating flowers. There are 23 different possum species found in Australia and are a beautiful part of our native fauna. The most common two seen in urban areas are the Common Brushtail Possum and the Common Ringtail Possum.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Flick’s pest control experts are trained to remove possums in line with state legislation. We will trap them using humane methods, relocate them to their natural habitat and possum-proof entry points.

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There are natural sprays available to keep possums from eating seedlings and vegetables. For example, chilli spray applied to seedlings, or netting the area to physically exclude them.

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Once possums have been removed, repairing holes to the roof is essential in preventing their return. Be prepared for the fact that some possums will put up a real fight to get back into your home and may explore or create another access point.

Common Possum Questions

  • 01Where do possums live?

    Most possums live in trees. However, due to urban development, there has been a significant loss of their natural habitat. This has driven possums to take up residence in cavities inside and in between buildings and in roof voids.

  • 02When are possums active?

    Possums are nocturnal creatures, which is why the pattering of feet keeps homeowners awake at night! Their nighttime activity may also extend to scouring through waste and compost bins in search of food, creating a mess for you to uncover in the morning!

  • 03Are possums considered a pest?

    Possums can be troublesome in that they may feed on vegetables, fruit, flowers and new plants. Male brushtail possums make loud, screeching calls in their quest for a mate and can emit a strong smell. Dogs may bark incessantly at possums, and they can crawl into roof spaces and potentially get trapped or dislodge roof tiles. This can open your home up to secondary damage during a downpour.

  • 04How do I know if I have a possum problem?

    Signs of a possum problem include unusual noises coming from the roof cavity, such as scampering or the pattering of tiny feet. Damaged plants and seedlings and stains on the ceiling inside the house. You may also smell a strange odour.

  • 05Do I need professional possum relocation services?

    Possums are a protected species in Australia, so those who kill or harm them face the prospect of paying heavy fines. Flick Pest Control can remove possums and return them to their natural habitat. We will first inspect the home to identify all entry points, then seal them with materials designed to possum-proof. Temporary one-way doors can be installed so possums cannot re-enter once they exit, and cages set up to trap the animals and remove them.

Common Possums

Brushtail

Appearance

The brushtail possum is large with a bushy tail and pointy ear. Silvery grey with a black band across the snout, adults weigh from 1.5-4kg.

Lifestyle

Brushtail possums are marsupials, with a single baby born in autumn or spring. The baby possum spends around six months in the pouch, and then 1-2 months riding on its mother’s back until it is weaned and leave the den at between 7 – 16 months old.

Habits

Common Brushtail possums live in wooded areas along Australia’s east coast, in eastern South Australia and south-west Western Australia. They have adapted to living with humans and are often encountered in suburban backyards, campgrounds and ceilings. They communicate by sound and scent, with sharp hisses and coughs common.

Ringtail Possum

Appearance

About half the size of the Brushtail possum, Ringtail possums have round ears, a grey back and a curled tail with a white tip.

Lifestyle

Ringtail Possums are very social little creatures and are found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They are often seen in the evenings in gardens and running along power lines and may inhabit the walls of houses. They are nocturnal and eat a variety of fruits and flowers.

Habits

The Common Ringtail Possum have one to three young, mostly twins, born during autumn or winter. Ringtail possums usually build a nest of twigs and leaves, called a drey, several metres above the ground. They do not enter house roofs as frequently as the Brushtail.