Tips For Dealing With One Of Sydney’s Nocturnal Pests: Possums

Jim's Termite & Pest ControlMany Sydney residents consider possums as pests because they are one of the noisiest creatures that come out at night. They make loud, disturbing, and sometimes, frightening walking, crashing, and scraping sounds on the roof.

Possums can also cause all kinds of damage to a property, including urine stains and odours to ceilings which can also affect the walls. They will eat and destroy edible and non-edible plants in your garden as well.

Possums, which are one of Sydney’s nocturnal pests, are protected by the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. This means that you can’t kill these creatures even if they damage your home and are continuous sources of disturbance on your property. If you want to get rid of a possum, you have to get a license from the Office of Environment and Heritage to trap it. You also have to trap the creature humanely and release it in an area within 150 metres from the place where you caught it.

Dealing with Possums

Living with possums is not an easy thing to do. If you want to discourage this creature from staying in your home and destroying your plants, follow these tips:

  • To deter a possum from living in your roof, locate the creature’s entry or access point first. This area is often under the eaves or close to a tree or bush that rests against the house. Once you find this spot, monitor it after sunset to see if the possum exits. When the possum leaves, seal the hole or entry point with timbre or strong metal sheeting thoroughly. This will prevent the possum from entering your roof again.
  • You can also place a light in the roof cavity and keep it turned on for several days and nights. This will deter possums since they like to sleep in the dark.
  • At night, cover plants with shade cloth or white bird netting. This will protect young plants and seedlings from possums.
  • Spread some blood and bone meal or fertiliser around the base of your plants and fruit trees. Possums dislike the smell of these substances and hence, won’t munch on these treated plants.
  • Spray plants with a homemade garlic spray. Simply add two tablespoons of crushed garlic in one litre of hot water and let it stand overnight. The following day, strain the mixture and spray it on your plants. Possums abhor the smell of garlic as well and will stay away from plants sprayed with this concoction.

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In case you can’t get rid of the possum on your roof and your garden, you may need to call the pros. Pest control experts will use safe and humane methods to trap the possum and release it into the wild properly.

For all of your Possum Control needs, Call Jim’s Termite & Pest Control Sydney on 131 546 or simply Request A Free Quote now!

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