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Removing Possums in the roof in Canberra?

By matjones - 21 May 2011 12

We often hear critters moving around in our roof at night and early hours of morning. I’m starting to think that it is possums, as they make quite a bit of noise, and sound way too big to be rats or mice. Would it be common to find possums up in the Forde area? Apart from Mulligan Flats, there are very few trees around here, which could explain why they have taken up in our roof.

The big question is how do we get them out of our roof? Can anyone recommend a company to help us a) verify that it is indeed possums up there, and b) install and relocate the critters to a possum box outside the house.  We love possums, but can’t run the risk of them chewing up wires in the roof and setting the house on fire. (We have the Ceiling Insulation Scheme for that)

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Removing Possums in the roof in Canberra?
harryhaller 11:54 am 13 Mar 12

Been living with our possums for more than 15 years without any problems. For a brief period of time, during a renovation, they resided in the roof, but didn’t like it once the roof was closed off again. I somehow doubt you have a possum up there, and also think its rats. Rats can be a hygienic problem and should be removed. A possum, in my experience, will simply move on to meet other possums at night, collect food, etc. Mind you, our possum lives in the garage, but only to sleep during the day. In the night, it’s out and about…

steveu 10:58 am 13 Mar 12

movement sensor light – even a solar powered one may be the go – stick the panel out on the tiles above. That way you dont have to hook up to mains or run extension cord through. set the sensitivity to high on the motion thingy and see if that works?

JimCharles 9:54 am 13 Mar 12

Sorry to restart up an old thread…
Will a rat trap harm a possum, or are they too small for them to get at the bait/poison?

We’ve just moved into a new brick house with heavy tiles that seems secure, although we have a possum in the tree outside every night that clambers over the roof and scoots around scratching.
There’s something in the roofspace, clambering around at night and up to about 10am each morning. Sometimes we hear it during the day, but only shifting weight around and not running about.
To me it sounds like something heavy…..but I’ve never had rats or possums so can’t judge.

Is there any recommended company that will come round and deal with this…rat or possum?
I’m quite willing to go up there and sort it, but never having seen a possum I’m a bit worried I’ll kill the darn thing accidentally with poison.
I see that ACT just offer advice on trapping, they don’t offer a removal service for newbies or novices…

matjones 11:51 am 23 May 11

Thanks guys! Spoke with my neighbour who suspects that it is probably rats too. He hasn’t seen any possums around here, and has had rats in his roof before. I think I will go ahead and throw down some rat bait, and see how that goes.

Jivrashia 11:06 am 23 May 11

Sammy said :

“If it sounds like an elephant, it’s a human”

Mine sounded like a whale…

S***. How did an elephant get into my roof??

Bazza62 10:45 am 23 May 11

Put a light in your roof. Possums don’t like light.
They also don’t like moth balls.

I-filed 8:43 pm 22 May 11

If it’s a possum, you’ll probably only hear it leaving in the evening and coming back in before first light. If there’s noise at other times – or more often – it’s much more likely to be rats. Possums actually move quietly in the roofspace (I have had lots over many years) while rats actually sound heavier. Jasann – possums protected, you’re not supposed to poison them. That’s pretty cruel, given that unlike rats, you can possum-protect a roof space.

Mr Evil 3:17 pm 22 May 11

neanderthalsis said :

This advice from the RSPCA:

Step.1 Contact RSPCA or an equipment hire company to determine hire arrangements for a possum trap.

Step.2 Obtain a permit to trap and release possums from ACT Territory and Municipal Services (6207 6376).

Step.3 Obtain the possum trap and position the trap inside the roof space near the possum’s roof access point. Ensure the trap is secure and stable to avoid potential injury to the possum.

Step.4 Release the possum within 50 metres of your house. This is the law as set out in the Nature Conservation ACT (1980).

We had a possum that occasionally made a nuisance of himself for us and the neighbours. We didn’t mind, but the neighbours called a pest controller who caught him, made an attempt at blocking access points, then let the possum go right next to where he was caught. The little bugger just found another way back into the roof.

A possum box can often help in these situations. Give them a nicer home to curl up in during the day, and they will accept it gratefully.

neanderthalsis 10:51 am 22 May 11

This advice from the RSPCA:

Step.1 Contact RSPCA or an equipment hire company to determine hire arrangements for a possum trap.

Step.2 Obtain a permit to trap and release possums from ACT Territory and Municipal Services (6207 6376).

Step.3 Obtain the possum trap and position the trap inside the roof space near the possum’s roof access point. Ensure the trap is secure and stable to avoid potential injury to the possum.

Step.4 Release the possum within 50 metres of your house. This is the law as set out in the Nature Conservation ACT (1980).

We had a possum that occasionally made a nuisance of himself for us and the neighbours. We didn’t mind, but the neighbours called a pest controller who caught him, made an attempt at blocking access points, then let the possum go right next to where he was caught. The little bugger just found another way back into the roof.

breda 7:17 pm 21 May 11

Agree with PPs, if it was a possum it would sound like 50 rats doing badly synchronised drill exercises up there. Also, there is a good chance that your house would smell like a Paris pissoir in August.

The main thing is to find out how it/they are getting in – the rat real estate network is awesomely effective, so getting rid of the current occupants will just open up new opportunities for the next lot.

Jasann 3:10 pm 21 May 11

Sorry, I can’t help you with an expert, but can share our experience. We regularly get rats in our roof and they are REALLY noisy when they’re nesting. Or we assume that’s what’s happening at 2am. We use rat traps and bait and usually get them out 24-48hours from the first scrabble of little feet, but it’s hell until they’re gone.

My partner actually put a trap up there at about 1am the other night, because neither of us could sleep and we needed to take some kind of action before we were driven insane!

We also have a possum who regularly visits our garden at night, but has never tried the roof. I can’t imagine how loud a possum would be compared to the rats.

Sammy 11:03 am 21 May 11

What’s that old saying for noises in the roofspace?

“If it sounds like a rat, it’s a mouse. If it sounds like a possum, it’s a rat. If it sounds like a human, it’s a possum. If it sounds like an elephant, it’s a human”

Or something like that.

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