Licensed Possum Catchers and Professional Possum Removal in Melbourne
With all state regulations at play, possum removal is quite a daunting task. If you want to ensure everything is handled properly, hiring a licensed possum catcher is a must! Aside from householders, it is only professional controllers who are allowed to interfere with possums. Also, the animal has to be inhabiting a building or is in the roof. There are many additional regulations about relocating, catching and handling the possums, so hiring a possum control professional is the safest bet for you.
Book the Fantastic wildlife handlers and make sure the issue is properly taken care of. When you opt for the help of the outstanding pest control experts you know you will be getting reliable results!
We get plenty of calls from Melburnians who believe that they have a possum in the attic only to find out that it was rats or mice that bother them. If you suspect an intruder in your property, leave it to the possum catchers to identify it. The nocturnal marsupials are loud, clumsy and they can be also recognised by the specific pungent smell they leave behind.
Rats, on the other hand, are rather stealthy rodents who can sneak around unnoticeably for some time. Moreover, you can discern the presence of rats by the quiet gnawing and scratching sounds they produce.
Our effective possum removal methods are applied in accordance with the Wildlife Act and DELWP regulations. The qualified and licensed possum catcher will place traps with baits in strategic places, which have been identified as the likely points of entry for the marsupial. The traps do not put the possum under any risk, nor do they interfere with its well-being.
As there have been cases in Victoria, where homeowners have used the outright illegal and thoroughly inhumane steel-jaw traps to catch possums and subsequently faced a jail sentence, we can’t stress enough how important it is to leave the job to a licensed wildlife handler.
Your possum control service will most likely include several visits by the possum removal expert who will check the traps on a regular basis. When the marsupial gets caught, the possum catcher will remove the trap and release the animal back in Nature, complying with state regulations.
Whenever possible, depending on the specifics of your property, the marsupial will be caught via a one-way exit method. For your peace of mind, you can also count on our emergency response. This means that we will come and remove the animal, once it has entered the trap, to save you from further inconvenience and to avoid causing undesirable distress to the possum.
As part of the service, the Fantastic possum control expert will point out to you all the measures you can undertake in order to prevent the possum from re-entering your roof space. Proofing your property and sealing all points of entry are the only way to keep these adept climbers at bay.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I recognise whether I’ve got rats or possums?
You can count on the experienced wildlife controller to confirm whether you are dealing with a possum in your roof or a rat issue. Possums are usually noisier, but before they remove the possum from your roof space, the handler needs to first make sure it is a possum they are dealing with. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to have rats and a possum co-existing under the same roof.
My garden plants have been demolished by a possum. Can you help?
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that we can do about this. We will attempt to remove the possum only if it has broken entry to your house. It is illegal to interfere with possums in any way unless they have found shelter in your loft or in another structure of your property. There are a few ways which may help you repel the possum with a relative success. You can try using motion-activated sprinklers, plant strong-scented plants or place a possum nest box in a strategic spot and well away from your immediate property.
Will you relocate the possum in a way that it does not return to my property?
Relocating a possum is also illegal. An experimental research has proven that relocated possums die in a space of a couple of weeks. The Law says that a possum should be released within 50 metres radius from where it was caught and never in the daylight, because the animal will endure unnecessary stress. It is up to you, then, to ensure that all points of entry are sealed. You can also take actions and make your place undesirable for possums. These may include placing collars around fruit trees, pruning branches of trees that touch or are close to your roof, installing a floppy fence around your garden, which bends easily and more.
I can live with a possum, as they are so cute. But are there any possum-borne diseases I should worry about?
Possums can transmit dangerous diseases to humans, such as leptospirosis, mycobacteriosis, rickettsia and Lyme disease. There’s also the Buruli bacteria, carried by possums, which causes painful skin ulcers in humans. Moreover, possums’ faeces may contain the gut parasite cryptosporidium and their urine can cause breathing problems for asthmatics. They are wild animals, so it is advisable that you do not allow them to settle in your house, as their excrements may pose a danger to your health.
Can you help me proof my roof and seal all points of entry?
Our service does not include building or handyman solutions but we can point you in the right direction and offer our free proofing and prevention advice to you. As part of the Fantastic brand, we can only recommend that you contact the Fantastic handyman branch, should you need assistance with sealing holes in your property structure.
How long does it take to catch the possum?
Well, this will depend on how hungry or clever your possum-lodger is. The successful outcome may vary, with regards to timescale, but in our experience, a possum will be removed from the client’s property within 5 to 7 days.
Did You Know Possums …
Possums are very adaptable creatures. They are amazing swimmers and climb pretty well. They can climb vertical walls effortlessly and jump from tree to tree, 4 metres away. Another great skill of theirs is walking on power-lines.
Possums are omnivores, which means they feed on whatever they can get their paws on … oh, and they like dog and cat food as well.
The Brushtail possums have a very interesting reproduction process. The female possum gives birth to a single baby, which is extremely small. The average gestation period is between 16 and 18 days, with another 4 or 5 months where the mother carries the young in her pouch.
Average possum life expectancy is around 13 years.