Possum Removal Sequence

Possum removal systemPossum removal by finding the entry points

You can hear them but you can’t find where they are getting in. I don’t know how often I have heard that.

 

This is the first sign of extreme frustration and it is all down hill from here.

Normally you go from

  • I can hear a noise in my roof, maybe if I leave it the noise will go away by its self.
  • No the noise hasn’t gone away.

Then you start looking for the holes and unless you get up on the roof and find a real obvious hole then you will often not know for sure where they get in.

Just removing them by trapping is a waste of time and it can harm the possum, besides that it doesn’t fix the problem………….. because another one will just follow the scent trail and bingo, you have a new possum in your roof.

Then by the time you ring me, extreme frustration is evident and somehow the cute little nocturnal creature that appeared at night on the balcony has transformed into PUBLIC ENEMY number 1 and must be taken care of once and for all.

I even had a guy with possums in Brisbane once meet me at the top of the stairs to his house, grab me by the collar and say, “mate! I don’t care what you have to do just get rid of the €£%#^*¥ possum”

Fortunately we did, he calmed down and no one got hurt!!!! In particular the possum.

The main point to remember is that possums don’t just go away, they are looking for a home and when they find a vacancy they move in, get comfortable and live their life. A part of which is their nocturnal activities in your roof.

What to do?

Get them out as soon as you hear the first noises.

If you can’t see the entry point obviously then chances are it will be hard to find.

Give us a call 0403819828 and we will sort it out for you, the early detection can often save money on expensive damage repairs caused by long term possum inhabitants.

Rats Running Rampant

Rats as Big as Possums

The number of times I hear this is unreal.

Rats can grow large with the average size being about 6 inches or 150mm long in the body and with a tail about 1.5 times the length of it’s body.

The are various species though that can get bigger than that.rats nests in insulation

In and around the canals on the Gold Coast they have been seen much larger than that.

Water rates running around the rock walls at the waters edge can grow big and if one of those gets in your roof it can sound a lot like a possum.

The problem with rats is that they pull the insulation material to small pieces to make their nests and thus making the insulation useless.

Noises

In the middle of the night even small animals can sound large, rats can be mistaken for possums. The bottom line is that something is keeping you awake at night and that needs to stop.

If you think there’s possums then you must not throw rat bait up in the roof until you are sure no possums are there.

That means you will probably need to call us, we can determine whats needed and then treat the problem appropriately.

 

 

Brisbane Possums in Roofs

The number of dead possums on the road is a concern to all people.

I often get calls from people who have found an injured possum and is wondering what they can do.

Common Ringtail possum

Common Ringtail Possum

I don’t rescue injured animals but there are networks like WIRES and BARN who do.

The bigger concern is the fact that possums have to roam the streets rather than live in their territory.

What we are seeing is possum showing up on top of cupboards in garages or inside roller doors.

Tree clearing

So many people say that as soon as someone close by has chopped down a tree, possums have come into their home.

In Brisbane recently a large date palm tree was cut down and a family of possums moved into the roof of a neighbors house.

The thing to be aware of is that when we take away possum habitat we should be looking to put up possum boxes or at least give them somewhere else to call home.

 

 

Sir David Attenborough weighs in to help save the Leadbeater’s Possum

These Little fellas need our help.

It’s great to see that some others think so too.

Leadbeaters Possum

Image by Victoriamuseum

MELBOURNE: One of the world’s most famous naturalists, Sir David Attenborough is leading the charge for a new national park to be created in the Australian state of Victoria.

Attenborough, along with Jane Goodall, a conservationist best known for her work with gorillas, has called upon Victoria’s state politicians to establish a Green Forest National Park in an effort to save the endangered Leadbeater’s possum, Xinhua reported.

The marsupial is found strictly in the central hi ..

 The Leadbeater’s Story of Dicovery

Are you Qualified?

Can you get rid of possums yourself?

Some people would say, Just stick to what you’re good at.

I used to get asked all the time about how I could find how possums were getting in……….

and I used to tell those who asked.

But then I came across a Barrister, yeah that’s right a legal professional.

One day his wife rang me and asked how quick I was able to come to her house because her husband had a problem with possums in the roof and needed it removed. She sounded quite urgent

I wasn’t able to get there for about 2 hours but got there as quick as I could.Man made hole in ceiling

I arrived expecting to see this woman quite agitated but to my surprise

She was sitting in a lounge chair reading a magazine.

I was a bit confused and asked where her husband was.

 

She raised her eyebrows and glanced towards the ceiling. Now I realised why she rang.

He was her husbands bum sticking through a hole in the ceiling. Yeah the poor fella had been stuck there for 2 hours and his wife seemed happy to let him sit it out.

You see, she had been trying for weeks to get him to sort out the noises for months and he kept attempting to do it himself.

When I got up in the roof there were all the DIY possum problem remedies you read about.

  • Bright lights
  • loud speakers
  • mothballs
  • you name it he had it up there

Guess what…….. none of them work and when he was up there trying the next myth to keep them out he almost injured himself permanently.

Please Please Please…………..

If you aren’t confident in finding and removing possums CALL US 0403 819 828 we will have your problem sorted out in a matter of 2 days or so and you can get your sleep back.

 

Spring Possums

The city you live in doesn’t matter when possums are concerned.

Possums in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Canberra are fighting like hell.

We have even had calls from Adelaide and Perth with stories of major disturbances in the ceilings of houses.

The worst one was of a person who had just sat down to dinner with friends and the possums fighting in the roof fell, landing on the ceiling right above the table. A huge piece of the Gyprock fell out right into the salad bowl, as you could imagine they were less than impressed.

It’s that time of the year when mummy possums are weaning their young……… Possums fighting in your roof

This is when mum teaches them the ways of a possum world. For a Possum this means fighting.

They fight when the meet, they fight when they mate, they fight when they cross each others path.

As you know if you have read any of my posts on here, they are ferociously territorial and will fight to the death for their home.

The result of all this fight training is that eventually they will be kicked out of home and forced to fend for themselves.

This of course means having to find a new place to live……. and the best place to start looking is at the neighbours place.

Well you can imagine what’s going to happen. In fact that’s probably why you are on here looking for answers. A couple of things you need to know at this point

1. You might have legal possession of you home but the possums doesn’t recognise this

2. The resident possum will fight long and hard to maintain ownership over other possums

3. They don’t just leave on the own accord

4. If left alone for any length of time, they will wreck you insulation and can even ware a hole in the ceiling.

Now you can leave it or do something to stop it.

There is only one thing guaranteed to give you back your sleep and stop possums getting in your roof. That is to locate the entry point, get the possums out and block the hole up with impervious material

Animals in the Roof

 

When you hear noises in the roof, what do you do?

 

First before you ring us, have a really good listen to the noises you’re hearing.Possum and Rat removal Brisbane

 

Listen particularly for where you hear the noise and what time.

Also listen for a particular direction the noise might be heading in and what time that is. Animals in the roof will often move in similar paths.

 

If you can be particular about those things then getting the problem sorted out quickly can be a lot easier.

 

The next step is to give us a call and we will

  1. Organise a time that suites both of us to inspect the roof both inside and out
  2. work out the best method of getting the possum out
  3. once we know it’s out we can then block the entry point up so the possum won’t get back in.
  4. We guarantee that it won’t, for at least 12months.

Things to be aware of.

 

  • Possums can’t be caught and relocated (legally)
  • If the hole isn’t blocked correctly and with the right material the possum will get back in, guaranteed.
  • Some guarantees only cover the work done, not the re-entry of the possum. Make sure you clarify what the guarantee covers.

 

There are usually only 2 things that are making noises in your roof at night.

  1. Possums
  2. Rats

Either way if you think there may be possums in the roof then every effort must be made to get them out before you try and deal with rats.

 

I have seen possums eating Ratsack and seen one that had a rat trap on it’s leg, and if you think they are noisy running through the roof, you should hear them when a rat trap is attached to their foot.

 

We deal with rats as well as possum to ensure the problem is fixed quickly and you get back to enjoying your sleep, as you should.

Just Call on 0403 819 828

Possum Removal Cost

Possum removal dangersHow Much Does It Cost to Remove a Possum

I recently read an article in a Melbourne Suburban paper (online of Course), about what it cost a Melbourne man to remove a possum from his roof. For a do it yourself exercise the cost was huge. I’ll tell you why in a sec.

I often get asked how much it costs to remove a possum, there is a lot of information needed before we can accurately answer that.

Removing the possum is one thing but more importantly stopping them from getting back in should be the real focus.

Just because you have 1, 2 or 5 possums living in your roof shouldn’t be the determining factor. I know some people will charge to trap and remove a possum and charge you each time the come to clear out the trap. We don’t.

Lets look at the cost to this guy in Melbourne and I’ll give you another example as well.

Melbourne do it yourself possum removal.

This fellow climbed his ladder to get on the roof, frustrated at the noise of the possum keeping him awake.

As he was getting from the ladder to the roof he slipped, fell and landed on his hot water system. Fracturing ribs.

Spent weeks recovering, still not having fixed the possum problem.

The Alternative

Call and expert who is trained to work at heights and has experience at looking for possum entry points. They won’t put themselves in dangerous situations.

Not knowing the house or what was required to possum proof the house it’s hard to say what it would have cost but I’m sure that the cost and discomfort of having broken ribs and then having to pay someone to fix the problem far out ways the cost of calling in a professional straight off the bat.

Ceiling repairs can be expensive.

Another example was a guy called and said he was finally ready to have the possum removed.

I said,  “what do you mean, finally?”

He went on to tell me that he had been up in his ceiling looking for a possum that was running around and keeping him awake at 2am.

He fell through the ceiling, cut his leg and cause a repair bill of $1,700.00 to fix the hole he made when he fell through.

Once again a call to us 2 weeks earlier would have been far more cost effective.

So the bottom line is, this work has its risks and if you make a mistake it can be costly, very costly. The guy who fell off his ladder was lucky he landed on his ribs not his head. The outcome could have been a lot different.

So if you are going to have a go yourself be very careful or call us. We get possums out and stop them getting in your roof for the cheapest possible price and guarantee they won’t get back in.

It’s a far safer option.

 

 

 

 

Indooroopilly Possum

Mum and Babies Leave Home in PeaceBrisbane ringtail possum removal indooroopilly

This very cute little Ringtail Possum mum and her 2 very small babies are now back in the leafy garden where they can resume life as normal Ringtails do.

After a 4 week period of noisy escapades through an Indooroopilly Roof, the possum proofing experts at Mr Possum made the offer of returning to the garden to good to refuse.

After locating the entry point into the roof we were able to make sure that when the little mum went out that night for her usual nightly activities, she was unable to get back in.

Ringtail possums normally live in a birds nest looking home called a Drey, which can usually be found in heavily leafed areas of suburban gardens.

Now the owners of this home have their valuable sleep pattern restored and the possum is back living in the garden where it should be.

Good result all around.

 

Specialist Possum Proofing

Possums will get in!

I have recently spoken to 3 different home owners about their possum problems. They all have the same story to tell.possum proofing done wrong

They’ve had possums in the roof for years and now that the possums are damaging the property badly they want them out.

Now this in its self isn’t anything new but each one of these people have attempted to block the possum entry points up with all sorts of material but each time the possum gets back in.

The damage this has caused is expensive, in one case about $7,500 when the ceiling above the kitchen collapsed after the broken tile left by the possum allowed the rain to pour in,

Extensive damage isn’t uncommon if possums are allowed to stay in the roof for extended periods.

Can anyone fix the problem?

If you know what you’re looking for and can identify the problem area then maybe!

But seeing what the possum has done to get back in will be a better indication. Some chew timber, others will chew through lead flashing.

Knowing the right material to use and using it properly is the key.

We generally don’t know until we see the property, so if you have an issue with a pesky possum that just won’t go away then call Mr Possum on 0403 819 828 and we provide the specialist possum proofing you need and fix the problem, Guaranteed.