If you have possums in your roof, you’ll need to get them professionally removed by a pest control
specialist. Here’s everything you need to know.
Why Remove Possums?
Possums are gorgeous animals but if they’ve gotten into your roof, you’ll know how annoying they can be – thundering around making lots of noise and disturbing your sleep for one! This isn’t just the only problem though. Possums can cause significant amounts of damage to your home’s wiring and to the roof itself and these problems can end up costing big dollars to fix.
Removing Possums from Your Home
Possums are surprisingly crafty at getting into the roof of your home, so you or a professional will need to take a look around the roof and seal all of the obvious entry points. The sealing will need to be done with suitably strong materials so that the possums don’t just get back in again in the future. If you currently have possums, the professionals will install one way exits on the common possum access point – the possums will be able to get out of your roof but not back in! Once all possums have left, the entry points are sealed. In rare cases, where the possum just won’t leave itself, the professional may need to catch the possum inside your roof using a special possum cage. The possum is then released onto your property (possums generally don’t survive relocation and it is illegal to move them from their home).
As well as doing all this, the possum removal professional will also check the ridge capping, the gables and the eaves, and seal these as necessary (such as through re-pointing). They’ll also make sure there are no loose spots on your roof or any broken tiles that can give access. Also, you may be surprised to learn that if you have possums in your roof, you may also have rats, so rat baiting is commonly done when the possums are removed. Never bait for rats while possums are still present.
Provide an Alternative Shelter for the Possums
If you like possums but don’t like them in your roof, an easy way to stop them from going back into your roof again is by providing them with an alternative shelter. A possum box is ideal for this and you can install it in a tree, or even on a pole. While you can’t keep the possum as a pet, hopefully the possum will be attracted to your possum box and use it as a home!
Who Removes Possums?
If you have possums in your home, you’ll need to call a possum removal company. These are the best people to use as they will humanely move the possums from your roof and block up all the entry points so that they can’t get back in.