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Possum nest sparks home fire

By 5 May 2014 16

A possum nest has sparked a fire in a Latham home.

Firefighters were called to a property on O’Loghlen Street about 9:15pm (Sunday 4 May) after residents called Emergency Triple Zero (000).

A new fireplace had recently been installed within an old structure but it was being used for the first time tonight.

A possum had set up a nest of gum leaves and other debris between the existing and new flue.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly and damage was contained to the fireplace and roof space.

Two ACT Fire & Rescue crews attended the scene along with a commander.

It is believed the possum made it out safely.

(ESA Media Release)

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16 Responses to Possum nest sparks home fire
#1
JesterNoir11:49 am, 05 May 14

Well, as long as the possum is all right.
Actually, it’s refreshing to hear that because most media releases don’t mention that important detail and leave us all hanging.

#2
curmudgery2:08 pm, 05 May 14

LOST!

One Possum
Answers to the name ‘Sparkey’
No Reward

#3
Genie4:04 pm, 05 May 14

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected. For the last 4-5 years I have lived in a possum infested house, rangers trap them and let them go in your front yard (because it’s cruel to move them somewhere else) and they’re back in your roof before you had time to crawl up the ladder to work out how they were getting in.

It didn’t matter how many times we repaired entry points, within a few weeks they would have just chewed their way through another hole.

The walls on one side of the house is scattered with holes in the gyrocks from the possums chewing and scratching away at the walls so they have more room to walk through the crawl space. Patch it up and you’ll have another inch sized holes a few cm’s away only days later.

Did I mention how fun it is to be woken up in the middle of the night by what sounds like elephants holding a running race in your roof, or the high pitched screaches as they fight.

Sorry rant over.. it’s so nice to now be sleeping in a possum free house…..

#4
Roundhead895:00 pm, 05 May 14

Goodbye Possums!

#5
Grrrr6:05 pm, 05 May 14

Genie said :

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected.

Then you don’t understand that basically all native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are protected by law – and you need to.

They are persistant but it is not that hard to block them out.

#6
unclebill8:44 pm, 05 May 14

Possums were here long before English decided to send their unwanted convicts to their country. We are the ones that need to adapt to possums existence. Get AMC convicts to build lots of nesting boxes & community service dudes to install them in trees.

#7
Maya1239:39 pm, 05 May 14

Grrrr said :

Genie said :

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected.

Then you don’t understand that basically all native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are protected by law – and you need to.

They are persistant but it is not that hard to block them out.

Yes, and after blocking access to the house, you build wire cages over the fruit trees and vegetable gardens. An ugly look, but it helps the home owner get to eat the food. Doesn’t kept the possum poo out of the rain water tank though. It adds that little something to the household water.

#8
gooterz10:18 pm, 05 May 14

Genie said :

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected.

On an unrelated note, there’s heaps of possum recipes on the internet. Although none of the say to stuff a possum up your exhaust.

#9
Roundhead8911:35 pm, 05 May 14

The chicken and game shop at Fyshwick Markets used to sell possum sausages along with crocodile kebabs and wallaby steaks.

#10
switch7:58 am, 06 May 14

Torching the house to cook a possum seems a bit extreme.

#11
Deref8:23 am, 06 May 14

Roundhead89 said :

The chicken and game shop at Fyshwick Markets used to sell possum sausages along with crocodile kebabs and wallaby steaks.

Now you’re talking. And NZ does a roaring trade in possum fur products. These cute little buggers are anything but endangered and they’re a bloody nuisance in an urban environment.

#12
Genie2:04 pm, 06 May 14

Grrrr said :

Genie said :

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected.

Then you don’t understand that basically all native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are protected by law – and you need to.

They are persistant but it is not that hard to block them out.

The issues I have is that you can’t trap possums yourself and then take them on a nice long drive to the nearest reserve so they can live away from houses.. I just wanted them out of my house and not released within 25m of my property. Because unless you were able to fix all the holes, they’ll be sleeping in your roof again.

Possums are also extremely territorial. So if some try to move into your house, where there is already a possum family. Don’t expect sleep for a few nights.

#13
MrBigEars3:38 pm, 06 May 14

Genie said :

Grrrr said :

Genie said :

Possums are pests and I don’t understand why they are so protected.

Then you don’t understand that basically all native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are protected by law – and you need to.

They are persistant but it is not that hard to block them out.

The issues I have is that you can’t trap possums yourself and then take them on a nice long drive to the nearest reserve so they can live away from houses.. I just wanted them out of my house and not released within 25m of my property. Because unless you were able to fix all the holes, they’ll be sleeping in your roof again.

Possums are also extremely territorial. So if some try to move into your house, where there is already a possum family. Don’t expect sleep for a few nights.

As you point out, possums are territorial. Moving the possums on is just moving them into another possums territory. Where they’ll fight and lose, and move on and become roadkill and/or fox-food, or win and displace the resident possum who will become a vulpine happy meal. If you are going to move it on, it would be probably kinder to just do it yourself.

#14
Grrrr4:07 pm, 06 May 14

Genie said :

I just wanted them out of my house and not released within 25m of my property. Because unless you were able to fix all the holes, they’ll be sleeping in your roof again.

The only benefit to you to taking the possum currently in your roof a long way away is that the different possum that soon moves in to replace it will take slightly longer to make your roof it’s home than the old one to get back in there. You have to fix all the holes either way.

#15
miz6:45 pm, 06 May 14

I don’t seem to be troubled by possums – do cats keep them away?

#16
Maya1239:03 pm, 06 May 14

miz said :

I don’t seem to be troubled by possums – do cats keep them away?

Not the cats in my neighbourhood.
Perhaps whether you are troubled by possums depends on what part of Canberra you live in. Also the number of fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
I live in Narrabundah. When I moved here many years ago I hardly saw a possum, but since then the possums have breed up considerable and are now very common. They never used to be a problem with fruit trees and vegetable gardens, but now that their population has ‘exploded’ they are a major pest. The fruit bats have become a similar pest. In fruit season they can be seen circling overhead and in the fruit trees.

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