What are Possums

Possums are furry, predominantly herbivorous nocturnal marsupials that spend most of their time in trees. 

There are two main species of possums in Australia that are the most frequent garden visitors – the common brushtail possum and the common ringtail possum. 

How to Protect your plants against Possums

Avoid feeding possums, which further encourages them into your garden and can also adversely affect their health.

Block up entries into roof cavities to prevent possum access.

Apply Yates Possum Repellent Spray over plants that possums have shown an interest in. All parts of the plant that need to be protected need to be sprayed.

Reapply Yates Possum Repellent Spray every 7 days or after rain.

Yates Possum Repellent Spray can be used on both ornamental and edible plants and has only a one day withholding period. 


Possums are selective browsing feeders and will eat a variety of plants and parts of plants, including leaves, stems, flowers and flower buds, fruit and vegetables. Symptoms include chewed leaves, fruit and flowers or complete defoliation of plants and fruit being eaten entirely.

You may also see possum droppings on the ground and hear possums scampering over (or in) the roof at night.

Plants impacted

Edible and ornamental plants including fruit trees, camellias, magnolias, roses and vegetables.


Risk period

Possums can visit gardens year round, browsing on plants that have fresh new leaves, are flowering or fruiting at that time. 


Recommended products to control Possums

Yates Possum Repellent Spray

Yates Possum Repellent Spray is an effective spray, when applied to plant foliage, deters possums from feeding on your precious plants.

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