Possums are marsupials which are active at night and have become well-adapted to urban environments.
Possums are nocturnal and grow to the size of a domestic cat. The common brushtail possum is the second largest of the possums species. Despite being a staple in Australian fauna, it is not a native species in New Zealand. Possums were brought by European settlers and became a widespread problem, significantly reducing the numbers of native species (like the kea), and threatening the production of our dairy and livestock indsutries. Control measures have been strong since 2009, but many possums continue to dwell in trees, eat our garden produce and leaves the strong smell of urine and faeces. You can also find them sccouring through waste and compost bins in search for food, creating an overnight mess on your property.
Possums can feed on the vegetables, fruit, flowers and new plants in or near gardens. Male brushtail possums can become a nuisance with their loud, rough-sounding calls, although they do not have a reputation for spreading disease. They also give off a strong smell which can create anxiety for some. Dogs sometimes become nervous if there are possums nearby, and incessant barking can be stressful for the people around them.
Possums move into urban areas due to the loss of the trees and the natural environment they live and nest in. They take up residence in cavities inside and in between buildings and in roof voids. This can be harmful to insulation and electrical wiring. They also leave behind urine and droppings which become a health hazard and leave unsightly stains on ceilings.
Do you have a possum problem?
If any of the following applies to you, we recommend you contact us immediately:
- You are hearing unusual noises coming from the roof cavity.
- You are finding plants and seedlings damaged and occasionally completely destroyed inexplicably overnight.
- A new stain appears on the ceiling inside the house, or a pungent smell starts to emanate into a room.
A possum problem must be solved as soon as possible as they not only can soil the place with their urine and droppings but also cause hygiene issues. Possums have been known to dislodge tiles and bend sheets of iron gaining access to roofs, causing secondary damage from water entering the roof cavity and internal area of the home during a downpour.
In reality, possums are not especially aggressive. However, when anxious or cornered they will use force in self-defence. While they occasionally play dead, at other times they can attack aggressively.
Instead of worrying about how to deal with a possum issue, wasting time trying to shoo them away in vain, it is best to simply call a professional proficient in possum removal.
Possums tend to seek warmth, food, water and shelter in buildings and, especially, on roofs. For those not wanting to become directly involved with possum control, you can trust Flick Anticimex to take care of the possum problem on your property. Flick Anticimex can do the job, helping you and the residents of New Zealand by working towards the Predator Free 2050 goal.
How Can You Prevent Possums?
Dependent upon the type of nuisance that possums are making of themselves there are various alternatives to stopping their nocturnal parties!
- Natural sprays - There are some natural ways to keep possums from eating seedlings and vegetables including, chilli spray applied to seedlings or netting the area to physically exclude them.
- Cleaning up pet food bowls - Possums sometimes will feed on cat/dog food that has been uneaten and left outside, this can encourage their return as they learn the bowls are magically refilled each day, ensure to place any uneaten food inside or in an area that is not accessible to possums.
- Repair/cover holes - Occasionally a possum will find its way into your roof void through an easily identifiable hole. When the possum is out, simply repairing or covering the hole will often stop its re-entry. Be ready for the fact that some possums will put up a real fight to get back into their home and may explore and even create another access point.
How does Flick Anticimex help?
Possums are major agricultural pests in New Zealand, while also posing a threat to our native species. Flick Anticimex can effectively and efficiently remove possums from your property. Our methods are designed to be as stress-free as possible for you or the inhabitants of the residence.
To get rid of possums in your home, call your local Flick Anticimex office at 0800 101 969.