Many Australians will be used to seeing possums in their neighborhood and even in their own gardens. These fluffy little creatures are common, so knowing how to co-exist with them will ensure everyone remains happy.
Possums and your pets
Possums are nocturnal creatures, meaning they are most active at night. If your home is surrounded by a lot of trees, you’ve probably seen possums climbing at night. Pets can be curious about possums. It’s best to keep pets such as cats and dogs indoors overnight. Cats can especially be a threat to possums (and vice versa) as they can also climb trees.
Possums on your roof
Many Australians will have heard possums moving around their roof during the night. This can be a disruption and can cause issues if they manage to get inside of the roof. To avoid this, keep trees well pruned so that they don’t hang over your house, creating easy access for possums. Ensure your roof is completely sealed. Any holes, missing tiles or openings can create the perfect entry point for possums. They will nest in there, and it can be difficult to get them out. If this has happened to you, enlist the help of a possum catcher who will get them – however usually at a cost.
Possums will climb power lines, rooves, trees or anything high up! Sometimes, they can fall and become injured. Possums can also become injured from fighting with other possums or domestic pets. If you come across an injured possum, do your best to secure it from any other threats. The wildlife organization WIRES deal with many incidents of injured possums and injured wildlife
. Call them to discuss the issue, and the best next steps.
Possums are most likely always going to be part of our neighborhoods, whether you like them or not. Know that they are happiest in trees where they can create hollows. When they venture into our homes and gardens, it’s usually because they don’t have a tree of their own. So, keep that in mind and think twice before removing trees from your garden.