How to Get Rid of Possums? Make Them Leave in a Natural Way
- Published: Sep 02/2020
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Scratch, scratch, scratch. Something in the attic is trying to get your attention. Now that your curiosity is up, you need to know who’s the uninvited visitor. You slowly enter and what do you see? A mess, chewed belongings and sometimes even the furry burglar in the act – the possum itself!
The main culprits are usually one of the two species of possums: the common brushtail possum – as large as a cat with a big bushy tail, and the common ringtail possum – smaller in size with a bare curled tail. Both of them are adorable little critters but don’t be fooled by their big innocent eyes! They can cause a lot of problems in a household.
Why you should get rid of possums as fast as you can:
Of course, the fastest way to find out you have a possum problem at home is either to see one face-to-snout or catch it with a surveillance camera. If you only suspect there’s a possum around, you need to do a little bit of investigation. It’s important to identify the animal as it can be a pest like a rat or a mouse. That will determine what measures you need to take.
Signs of possums to look out for:
For some reason, possums are highly attracted to human housing even if there are hollow trees available for nesting. Since nobody really knows what exactly draws them to our homes, the best we can do is to make an educated guess and follow some simple steps to make them go away. That needs to happen in a cruelty-free way.
So how can you get the possums to leave your property?
Possums’ natural diet includes mainly (but not solely) eucalyptus leaves which are not very rich in protein. To survive they need other food like fruit, seeds, insects or, you know, something out of your trashcan. Their diet has become so generalised from living in the cities they can feed off your food scraps and thrive. So what can you do? Cover your compost piles, close the lids of your trashcans and clean up after a barbecue. This way you avoid other pest infestations too.
If you have trouble with possums in your house, start by inspecting the place to find how they got in. If they’re in your attic, they might have found a small entry point under the roof or they might have even chewed their way in. Before sealing the entry points, wait for the possums to get out on their own. That’s usually at night when they’re most active. You can install cameras to monitor their activity which will also help you in case you can’t find the access point.
Possums have very specific preferences for taste and smell. According to DELWP, you can make a DIY repellent by mixing 2 tablespoons of freshly crushed garlic in 1 litre of hot water. Leave it overnight and after that spray it on plants in the garden to deter the possums from munching on them.
Not much can be done to keep possums away from your garden as it’s harder to control what’s happening out in the open. But there are a few things you can do:
Yes, you read that right. You can make peace with the possum by installing a nest box up in a tree in your yard. This way the possum won’t have the necessity to search shelter in your house. Nest boxes are commercially available or if you have the will you can make one on your own. DELWP Victoria shows you how here.
If all of the above sounds like too much hassle, you can always call a professional possum catcher to take care of your problem. Choose a pest controller that is trained and licensed in possum control. They know how to deal with a possum quickly and in a humane way without harming it.
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Are you having a possum problem? How did you take care of it? Tell us in the comment section below!