The common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is the best known of all the possums because it has adapted to living in our cities and suburbs. It especially likes the leafy suburbs of Canberra.
The Brush-tailed Possum is a marsupial about the size of a domestic cat, with silver-grey fur above and a white to pale grey belly. Males have a reddish chest, tinted by a scent gland. The ears are long and oval-shaped and its tail is long, black and bushy. The underside of the tail is bare, enabling it to grip branches.
Brush-tailed Possums can often be seen on the ground but prefer the safety of trees. They are nocturnal, sleeping during the day and coming out at night to feed mainly on eucalypt leaves and flowers. However, they also eat fruit and common garden plants. They particularly like rosebuds. The compost heap is also highly attractive to possums for an easy meal of fruit and vegetable scraps.
Possums normally make their homes in tree hollows but if none are available they will use any suitable, dark place including the space between the ceiling and roof of houses and in garages.
Here they can cause sleepless nights for the humans living below as they move about and interact with other possums.
Rats and mice will also inhabit the roof space and, although smaller than a possum, they can still make a lot of noise. The presence of rats and mice is sometimes obvious due to their distinctive smell and droppings.
If a possum has moved into your home, blocking the entry point at night when the possum is out feeding is the only way to guarantee that it will not return.
People should contact a licensed possum removal company who can assist in removing the possum and finding and blocking any entry points.
If you do not hear the possum for a few nights, it has probably found a new home. It may remain in the area if it finds a suitable place to nest or it may move to a new location.
|Name||Licence number||Licence expiry||Contact|
|Hamilton, Reece - R &D Roofing and Construction||LT201931||04 Dec 2021||Phone: 0434 352 547
|Zumaya, David||LT201821||08 Aug 2022||Phone: 0401 688 719
|City Pest Control Services||LT20204||23 Feb 2021||Phone: 1800 737 826
|Flick-Anticimex||LT201832||18 Oct 2021||Phone: 02 6109 4100
|Wynn Family Co PTY LTD T/A Jims Termite and Pest Control||LT201922||28 Oct 2021||Phone: 0456 589 083
|Ab Pest Control Pty Ltd||LT202025||04 Nov 2021||Phone: 0474 951 327
|Steplee Pty Ltd trading as Jims Pest Control||LT201846||18 May 2021||Phone: 131 546
|Precision Pest Control||LT201818||26 Jul 2021||Phone: 1300 655 524
|Roof and Balcony Solutions||LT201930||02 Dec 2020||Phone: 02 6287 1699
|Hart Pest Management||LT202014||27 May 2021||Phone: 0403 318 293
|Rentokil Initial Pty Ltd||LT202017||21 Jul 2021||Phone: 0434 933 302
Commercial Pest Controllers Possum Removal Licence Application
It is an offence to take and release native animals without a licence.
A licence can be issued to Commercial Pest Controllers to take and release possums within 50 metres of the capture site.
Possums can be delightful creatures with their impressive acrobatics and cute and cuddly appearance best enjoyed from a distance. You can encourage them to stay in your neighbourhood by providing an alternative home such as nesting boxes made of a hollow log blocked at one end, or some other form of homemade shelter. It should be waterproof and placed four to five metres above the ground.
Possums are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and it is illegal for an unauthorised person to trap or harm them. Trapping, removing or killing a possum without a licence carries severe penalties.
For more information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Do not attempt to look after sick or injured wildlife if you are not a licensed and trained ACT Wildlife carer.