Possums may seem cute and endearingly mischievous, like the much-loved internet sensation, the Bunnings Possum, but the reality is a far cry from a harmless furry neighbourhood friend. Possums can pose a very real danger to your home and your family. Not only do they carry diseases that are harmful to humans, but they also attract other deadly creatures to your home. If you have possums nesting in your roof, which is very common in leafy suburbs like Indooroopilly, Kenmore or Toowong, it’s time to take action now!
Suburbs like Indooroopilly, Kenmore and Toowong are surrounded by land abundant in lush greenery such as the Mount Coot-tha Forest. This type of habitat is ideal for possums, but with the colder months coming on, they may start to look elsewhere for quiet, warm and dry spaces to make their homes. Namely, your roof cavity. Possums tend to hang around suburban neighbourhoods to look for food, foraging in wheelie bins that have been left ajar or sneaking pet food when it’s left out. You can see why your roof would be the ideal spot to set up camp. It’s protected from adverse weather, quiet and close to a regular food source.
Possums can cause a lot of damage once they’ve settled in your roof. They commonly tear ducting and insulation, urinate to mark their territory and spread parasites such as mites and ticks. Their presence results in highly unsanitary conditions for your home. Not to mention the immense amount of noise that they make scurrying around at night!
Possums can attract snakes to your home
Possums will also attract far more harmful predators to your house. There have been several sightings of snakes eating possums in suburban Brisbane backyards in the last few months alone. And it isn’t pretty. These are not the kinds of animals that you want hanging around the yard that your children play in!
Removing possums from your home
Possums are protected under Australian legislation and must be removed and relocated from Indooroopilly, Kenmore and Toowong homes humanely. Under no circumstances should an untrained person attempt to move a possum themselves! Even though they are docile creatures by nature, they will defend themselves aggressively when being attacked. Removing possums from your home can be accomplished by hiring a trained pest control expert with a possum trapping licence. Cure All Pest Control not only hold all of the relevant licensing to carry out this service, but they will also install preventative measures around your house to keep possums from making nests in your home in the future. To learn more about how to prevent possums from settling in your roof, read our helpful guide here.