Possum Removal Melbourne
Possum removal Melbourne is keeping Tim from Pest Control Empire very busy this winter. Tim notes, “The cold weather and lack of suitable trees have seen possums push into suburbia, particularly the roof voids of nearby homes. Melbourne is fast running out of parkland where possums would usually be found. The few trees that are around are already occupied, pushing those without a home into the suburbs”.
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Possum Removal Melbourne
These creatures are very territorial and they will defend their home to death. As a result, there is an influx of native possum species being found in the homes of people throughout Melbourne.
Tim adds, “The winter months result in the turning on of heaters. Hot air rises, meaning the roof void is a warm environment. The insulation also provides a cozy bed so it’s no wonder the roof has become a happy home for this native Australian animal”.
The species most likely to be located is the brushtail possum, with it’s distinctive thick and brushy tail. However, there has also been a recent increase in the presence of ringtail possums in Melbourne. Tim continues, “It’s probably about 50/50 at the moment. It used to be exclusively brushy that I found in and around homes. Now I’m seeing both species on a regular basis”.
Law Regarding Possum Removal Melbourne
Legislation dictates what can be done about these creatures, due to their native status. If possums are living in the trees around your home, there’s little that can be done.
Tim says, “In the past, it was common to relocate these often nuisance animals. However, research showed that moving a possum to a new location often saw them die due to excessive stress. They would fight with existing possums and this could also lead to death. This has now been prohibited and large fines apply.”
Some modifications can be made to the exterior surroundings to deter possums from entering your property zone. This could include:
- Spikes on the top of fences where possums regularly travel;
- Plastic barriers around trees to prevent climbing;
- Netting over fruit trees and edible plants; &
- Pet food tightly secured.
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If found residing in the roof space the style of roof will decide what needs to be done for suitable possum removal. If it is a tiled roof, the point of entry needs to be closed off. A one-way door constructed specifically for possums should then be installed. This is done by removing a tile close to where the entry point was and installing the door. The possum should be lured to the door with fruit. The possum will exit but it won’t be able to re-enter. After a few days or so the door is removed and the tile put back in place. The furry critter will then seek alternative accommodation close by, possibly in the roof space of a neighbor!
If the roof is constructed of tin the entry point again needs to be located. A different style of one-way door will be fitted for a tin roof.
The last thing you want to do is trap a possum inside the roof. If a possum is trapped it will soon die of stress and starvation. The smell will soon become unbearable and you’ll be inundated with blowflies. We also specialise in dead animal removal if this is an issue for you.
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Tim finishes, “My team and I possum proof Melbourne homes on a daily basis. We’re all trained to work at heights and we practice ethical possum control methods. I recommend contacting us if you suspect that an unwanted possum is living with you”.