Australia is known globally to be rich in wildlife of all types and it’s true that you don’t have to look too hard to find one. While some would see roaming around the streets, occasionally there are those who would visit your homes and those include possums.
Like all things in life, possums do have an important role that is beneficial to us. Their normal diet consists of carrion, rodents, insects, snails, slugs, and many more. Therefore, they do well in our gardens. With this in mind, they are wonderful gardeners as they also clean the ground below your fruit tree even before you can spot it. All these are good, but possums can become a problem when they have already gnawed on your electrical wires, especially when they have nested on your roof and ceiling.
Here’s how to effectively get rid of possums and keep them out of your house.
Find their entry point.
No matter how many traps you’ve set and how many times you’ve caught one, if you don’t find out how they keep on getting inside your house, it’ll take longer to get your house possum free. Check for gaps or holes outside your house so that you’ll know where to set your traps. Patch up any holes and cover your foundation vents as well.
Catch a live one!
Once you have spotted their entryway, position your cage trap expertly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Possum is a nocturnal animal that’s why it’s better if you set the trap at dusk instead to increase the odds of catching it. You can use fruits, vegetables, and eggs as bait as possums love these. Ensure you follow any legislative requirements if you do attempt to catch possums. Speaking with pest professional Cannon Pest Control, they note that it’s best to use a professional to remove possums as they can organise any permits and secure the property so they the pests cannot re-enter the roof.
Startle them with bright lights and sprinklers.
Possums do not like water sprinkles and bright lights. These work like a charm! You can set up motion-activated light and sprinkles near your house or around fruit trees. They are enough to frighten possums and make them go away.
Use possum sprays or anything that smells potent.
You can mix together camphor oil with enough petroleum jelly to make a paste. Spread it where possums frequent. You can even use mothballs and sprinkle them around your yard. Be mindful of your pets though! They might eat those mothballs too. Of course, you can also use ammonia and garlic as possums tend to flee from them.
Trim those branches.
If you have trees near your house, make sure that its branches are 4 or 5 feet away from your roof. This is definitely one of the ways that a possum can get in your roof. It’s best if you do not place climbing plants as well for good measure.
Keep the lid of the garbage can close.
Secure your trash cans with chains or ropes. Possums love going over your trash and if they keep on finding food there, they will keep on coming back. Make sure to secure the trash bins as well so that it doesn’t tip over.
Get rid of food sources.
One way to do this is to feed your pets indoors. Possums are active in the early morning and at night, so if feeding your pets inside your house is not possible, avoid feeding your pets at these times. Keep pet food away from other openings to the house as well.
If using chemical-based deterrents, make sure that you use gloves and wash your hands right after. There are a lot of ways on how to get rid of rodents, but most of all you’ll need patience. Most importantly, you’ll have to adopt prevention methods properly so that this will not be a cycle.
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