Possum Control

Why do I need possum control?

The two main species of possum found in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle are the ringtail possum and the brushtail possum, both of which have adapted extremely well to urban environments

Having possums in your roof and around your home can be a problem as they are nocturnal – meaning that they are most active at night and are very vocal about defending their territory. Aside from keeping you up at night, possums typically also leave droppings lying around, which poses a health issue.

There are two main species of possum that inhabit urban areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra:

Ringtail possum – Around 30 to 35cm in length with grey fur and white patches behind the eyes. The most common way to identify a ringtail possum however is the distinctive white mark on the end of their tails. 

Brushtail possum – Around 58cm in length, with large ears and a fur colour that can vary between silver/grey, brown. Black, red or even cream. The most common way to identify a brushtail possum however is by its bushy black tail. 

What do possums eat? 

Possums usually consist on a diet of fruits, shoots, flowers and seeds or even smaller insects or bird eggs. Possums are often considered to be a pest as they can eat the food out of gardens if there is produce growing, but also strip gardens of flower coverage or vegetation. They can also cause damage to vegetative structures like hedges or hanging gardens that require careful maintenance to grow.

Where do I find possums?

Typically possums create their homes in tree hollows or scrub, however over the years due to tree coverage being limited possums have moved into human dwellings instead. While the ringtail possum lives in family groups of between 3 and 6 possums, the Brushtail possum lives a more solitary life, spending most of its time on its own. 

Both species however are highly territorial and vocal, and often make their homes in roofing voids where homeowners can hear them fighting, making noise or moving around at night. 

Why can’t I remove possums from my property?

In Australia, possums are a protected species and there are strict rules around removing possums from the premises. The trouble with a possum infestation is that if relocated, possums will often die in the attempt to travel back to their territory, whether from the stress of relocation, being hit by vehicles or suffering a domestic pet attack. There are a number of alternatives, however, that do not harm the possums but rather encourage them to find a nest elsewhere, such as sealing off the entrances to your roof or even building the possums a makeshift nest somewhere away from your home.

What can Precision Pest Control do to solve my possum problem?

Our experienced team of professionals at Precision Pest Control in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle has developed an in-depth knowledge of the habits of the ringtail possum and the brushtail possum, as well as the methods of treatment used in possum control, and we use only the most effective and environmentally friendly forms of treatment:

  1. A Precision Pest Control professional will inspect your home to assess the extent of the problem and identify the pest, immediately reporting back to you about the severity of your possum control issue.
  2. We will then recommend a treatment plan tailored specifically to your home, taking into account the nature and severity of your possum issue.
  3. The recommended treatment will be carried out by one of our highly experienced pest professionals, with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  4. The Precision Pest Control professional who carried out the treatment will then compile a fully comprehensive report adhering to the Australian Standards, which will be explained to you under our pest control warranty.

Call Precision Pest Control on 1300 655 524 for more information about how we can provide fast and effective possum control in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle.

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