Possum Prevention in Your Home & Garden

Phalangeridae and Pseudocheiridae

Possums are among Australia’s most recognisable native marsupial animals. The most familiar species that occur around dwellings, gardens and parks are Brushtail Possums and Ringtail Possums. The most widespread of these is the Brushtail Possum – which occurs across most of Australia as one subspecies or another.

Possums can be a bit of a nuisance when they run across roofs at night and can be destructive during their nightly raids on gardens. Brushtail Possums in particular may try to enter the roof voids of buildings and take up residence, sometimes causing damage there. The dilemma is how do we live with our nocturnal wildlife without harming them, but at the same time minimise the harm they may cause to our homes and gardens.

Image above: Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecular) feeding on leaves.

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