Many households in our local area have the privilege of possums residing on their property. The most common possum in our local area is the brush tail. These possums are larger and more territorial than their offsider, the ring tail possum.
Possums have proven to be adaptable to the urbanisation of their natural habitat. Brush tails and ring tails usually reside in hollow trees, however with bushlands becoming increasingly sparse they are occasionally found in residents roofs. This can create a problem. However most enjoy being a part of these special creatures lives.
If a possum does create a problem by residing in your roof here are a few simple steps you can follow to rectify the situation, without endangering yourself and or the possum.
1. Position a possum box in your backyard as alternate residence for the possum. You can place a little fruit inside and around the box to encourage the possum to use it. Ensure the possum box is secured safely to a tree, shed or side of house, approximately 4 meters off the ground. This ensures the possum is safe from domesticated pets.
2. Find out where the possums’ nest is, place the nest inside the possum box you have constructed. Find where the possum is gaining access to your roof cavity from. Look for lifting in the iron sheeting on rooves or broken tiles. A possums entrance can be detected through the smell of urine and tuffs of hair left behind. Place blocks of camphor in your roof to make the roof cavity less appealing to the possum.
3. Once you have successfully encouraged the possum to use the possum box you can block off this access to this point.
It is important to remember we share our native’s wildlife home with them. When we accept them as part of our lives we can embark upon a fruitful relationship.
If you are unable to relocate the possum to a nesting box, you may require more assistance. Please note all possums are protected by law. Native animals are not to be harmed in any way or form and in the state of QLD a possum cannot be relocated unless the person is accredited and holds a permit. The Environmental Protection Agency issues all permits for relocation and management of brushtail possums. Please note a possum cannot be relocated more than 25m and once a possum is removed it is usually replaced by another possum.
For more information please contact our Care Line 0427106803.
You can also find more information about living with possums at Gladstone Regional Council and the RSPCA website