Possums have traditionally lived in rain forests or in areas with abundant vegetation.
Due to dynamic changes to the environment occurring over the past few years, possums have chosen to reside in roofs, garages, sheds and similar habitats. Two common possum species in Australia are the common brush tail possum and the common ringtail possum. Although they may resemble cute and furry pets, possums pose a significant risk to plants and buildings. There are five possum related problems that contribute to their pest status.
They destroy crops
Possums were introduced in New Zealand during the 1850s to harvest their fur and leather. However, there was no natural predator so over the course of 100 years the possum overpopulated and became a large threat to New Zealand vegetation. Possums enjoy eating fruits, vegetables and natural plants like apples, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, acacia species and especially eucalypts.
They make a lot of noise at night
Possums become incredibly raucous as night falls since they are nocturnal animals. They chatter, screech and make sounds like clicks, smacks, hisses, grunts and coughs. The loud noises often compromise a good night’s rest.
They are nesters
Possums possess the ability to squeeze through the smallest holes, meaning they can gain access to house roofs, garages, sheds and also chimneys as long as there’s an available entry. This can be an issue as they secrete a distinct smell from their urine, faeces and from their anal glands (when they’re handled).
In addition to the smell, possums leave their faeces or urine in attics, and on sheds and verandas. They also cause trouble by eating your vegetation, raiding through poultry houses, tearing through insulation and going through bins.
They can carry harmful diseases
Possums are harbourers of various bacterial infections in addition to mites, ticks and parasites. Neither animals nor humans are immune to the diseases carried by possums. Diseases and bacteria, like buruli bacteria and bovine tuberculosis (only in New Zealand) are transferable through contact with the animal or with their faeces.
During the cooler months, the possum generally seeks alternate places to become their new den. When dealing with possums, it’s best to leave the relocation task to professionals like the technicians at Flick Anticimex.
Enjoyed this article?
If you found this article helpful, sign up for our free Quartlery Newsletter to receive all our tips and tricks on pest control and washroom hygiene.Sign Me Up!
Our Latest Articles
3 Signs Of Bed Bugs People Can Miss
7 Essential Tips To Help Prepare Your Home For Spring
The Importance Of Good Hand Hygiene
Pest Control Tips For Your Boat
Stop The Infestation Where Are Ants Hiding In Your Home
How Do I Get Rid The Ants In My House
7 Ways To Combat Mosquitoes
Pest Spotlight European Wasps
Do You Have A Silverfish Problem?