Some Shocking Suggestions For Possums Control


Possums are protected wildlife under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and it is illegal for an unauthorised person to trap or harm them. If you have tried to exclude a possum from your house but have had no success, contact a licensed pest control company to trap the possum, complete the exclusion work and re-release the possum on site.

Normally possums make their homes in tree hollows but if there aren’t any they will use any suitable dark place – and the space between the ceiling and roof of a house is a great spot. This is when possums can create havoc and many sleepless nights in your home.

Blocking the entry is the only way to guarantee that the possum will not return. If the possum is removed by trapping, its home site becomes vacant, ready for another possum to move in and the problem continues. Also, possums are strongly attached to their home site and will return to it over distances of up to five kilometres.

The Environment website provides information on living with possums, including:

their habits;

determining if possums have moved into your house – and how to block them out;

their removal by licensed pest control companies.

How To Get Rid of Possums

Many homeowners have found possums taking up residence in their attic, basement, garage or outbuilding much to their displeasure. The strong scent, urine and feces left behind by possums make them undesirable house guests. Often mistaken for “large, white rats” possums are generally harmless, preferring to runaway if possible or “playing possum” if need be.

How do I prevent possums from becoming a pest on my property?

Possums are always searching for a free meal. To prevent possums from getting a free meal from you, all outdoor trash cans should have tight fitting lids and outdoor pet food dishes should be removed at the end of every meal. Make sure all pet doors are secured each night, as possums have been known to enter homes to eat from indoor pet dishes.

Make sure possible entry points on the outside of your home have been secured. Check attic vents, chimney caps, loose fitting basement doors and broken windows. Use Stuf-Fit Copper mesh and Pur Black Foam to help seal any holes or gaps that could allow access. (Please read the Rodent Exclusion article for detailed tips and products to help make your home pest proof).

Possum-proof your yard. Get rid of any unnecessary debris such as fallen trees, deep leaf litter, unused cars or lawn equipment. Keep grass cut short and trim bushes up away from the soil to get rid of possible harborages. Trim tree branches that touch or hang over your home. Eliminate any accessible areas under sheds, outbuildings or porches by filling it in with rocks or blocking entry with hardware cloth.

Repellent products seem to have little to no effect on possums and must be applied in high concentrations, often. The smell from these repellents usually is very strong and the repellents themselves can be quite expensive.

How can I live happily with the possums on my property?

Brushtail and ringtail possums are both native marsupial species that have adapted well to urbanisation and are commonly found dwelling in Australian gardens.  Ringtail possums are a social species that build nests of bark and leaves called ‘drays’ in which they usually dwell as a family.  Brushtail possums are larger, more territorial possums that usually reside in tree hollows.  Both species of possum may occasionally take shelter in the roofs of houses.

Many households are fortunate to share their property with one or more possums however they can become a nuisance if they nest in roof spaces.  If you have possums residing in your roof you should provide them with an alternative home before attempting to evict them

The key steps are:

Place a nest box in a sheltered area of your property

If possible, locate the possum’s nest inside your roof and place this in the new possum-house to encourage the possum to move in. You can also put fruit near the house (half an apple or banana) to encourage investigation of the possum-house.

Take action to make the roof space unattractive to the possum. This can be done by spreading quassia chips in the roof space (alternatively place blocks of camphor in the roof cavity). Place a light in the roof cavity and keep it switched on.

When the possum has relocated to its new home, locate their entry point to your roof space and block off access.  Make sure none of the possums or any of their babies are in your roof before blocking off access.

Prune any tree branches that give the possums access to your roof

If these steps are unsuccessful and you need further assistance to remove and relocate the possums you will need to check the legal requirements for possum trapping with your state or territory government (see below). In some states and territories a license or permit is required.

Should I Get Rid of That Possum Carcass Myself, or No?

Q: What is the proper course of action for a young Texan of questionable self-reliance when a possum decides to crawl under her house, depart the earthly realm, and begin stinking to high heaven? Do you recommend the DIY method or calling in the professionals? The favor of a timely response would be greatly appreciated.

A: is not short on scrabbling critters. In addition to plentiful possums, there are also raccoons, rabbits, badgers, armadillos, skunks, squirrels, beavers, and porcupines, among many, many others. But it’s always the possums, and sometimes the raccoons, and occasionally the skunks, that seem to choose crawl spaces beneath the homes of undeserving Texans in which to expire.

No matter the specific creature, once this happens and the decomposition process ensues, it doesn’t take long for it to become pungently evident that there is a real problem at hand. At first, there is just a slight whiff of trouble. A hint. A homeowner might arrive from a hard day’s work, open the front door, and then, on the way to the fridge for the customary end-of-the-workday libation, pass through a faint odor that was not there when she left the house that morning

It’s dismissed as the stink of a full trashcan or, perhaps, flatulence from old Spot. But then, while the coffee is brewing the next morning, it hits you again. “Where is that smell coming from” you ask yourself? “Oh, well,” you say on the way out the door.

Very soon, though, within a day or so of that first trace of stench, the smell becomes unmistakable. When death comes a knocking, it does so with a fairly rapid crescendo. Tap-tap. Knock-knock-knock. Pound. Pound. Pound. Pound. Bam! Once the unsettling realization is made that something in your very immediate vicinity has croaked, and that the godawful smell shows no signs of dissipation, the harried race to find the source is on

Cluttered closets are checked. So are crowded cabinets, seldom used guest bedrooms, and the attic. Everywhere. “Could it be under the house,” you wonder? And then, as you approach the access point, it hits you like a carcass-filled dump truck. Sound familiar?

Backyard trapping

Trapping in your backyard has loads of benefits. It can help get rid of rats from your compost bin, save your roses and fruit trees from possums, but most importantly it can make your garden a safe place for our unique native wildlife to live and feed.

We have roughly estimated that having a trap in every 5th urban backyard is enough to create a safe environment for our native wildlife to flourish. Whatever your reason for getting involved, we want to help you get started in the most efficient, effective and humane way possible.

Identify what predators you have

It’s important to know what predators you’re targeting to ensure you use the right bait and trap. There are three easy ways to find out

1. Look for any signs of predator activity eg poo or teeth marks on fruit. is a great website for identifying pest poo if you aren’t too sure!

2. Teeth marks left on chew cards can help identify exactly which predators are paying you a visit. They also tell you where in your backyard the predators are visiting and good places to put a trap. You can buy packs of chew cards from our shop.

3. Tracking tunnels are another great way to identify predators. The predator walks through ink on a pad, leaving clear footprints you can use for identification.

Get a suitable trap

Once you know which predator you’re dealing with, it’s time to select your trap. Follow our best practice guide to find out what trap you’ll need. All the traps we sell are humane and meet NAWAC (National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee) standards.