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Tips and Tricks on How to Keep Possums Away From Your Home

Possums are cute and cuddly-looking animals, but they can be a nuisance when they decide to make your home their home too. They can cause damage to your property and spread diseases.


Fortunately, there are several ways to keep possums away from your home. In this blog, we'll cover some of the most effective tips and tricks to keep possums away from your property.


Understanding Possum Behaviour


Before we dive into the tips and tricks, it's important to understand possum behaviour. Possums are nocturnal animals that are active at night. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything, including fruits, vegetables, insects, and even small animals.


Possums are also excellent climbers and can scale trees, fences, and walls with ease.


Tip #1: Seal off Entry Points


One of the most effective ways to keep possums away from your home is to seal off entry points. Possums can enter your home through small gaps and holes in your roof, walls, and foundation.


Seal off any gaps in your roof, walls, and foundation to prevent possums from entering your home. Use caulking, mesh screens, or other materials to seal off any gaps or holes.


Tip #2: Remove Food Sources


Possums are attracted to food sources, so removing these sources can help keep them away from your property. Keep your garbage cans tightly sealed, and store them in a secure location.


Don't leave pet food or birdseed outside, as this can attract possums. If you have fruit trees, pick up any fallen fruit regularly.


Tip #3: Install Motion-Activated Lights and Sprinklers


Possums are nocturnal animals and are active at night. Installing motion-activated lights and sprinklers can help keep possums away from your property. When the lights or sprinklers are triggered, possums will be scared off and will avoid your property in the future.


Tip #4: Use Repellents


There are several natural repellents that can be used to keep possums away from your property. One of the most effective repellents is vinegar. Soak a rag in vinegar and place it around the areas where possums are likely to enter.


Another effective repellent is ammonia. Soak rags in ammonia and place them in areas where possums are likely to enter. However, be careful when using ammonia, as it can be harmful to pets and children.


Tip #5: Use Fencing


Fencing is another effective way to keep possums away from your property. Use a sturdy fence that is at least six feet tall, and bury the bottom of the fence at least six inches into the ground to prevent possums from digging under it. Ensure the fence is also angled outward to prevent possums from climbing over it.


Tip #6: Use Traps


If all else fails, you can use traps to catch possums and release them elsewhere. It's important to note that possums are protected animals in Australia, so it's illegal to harm them.


Use humane traps that capture the possums without harming them, and release them in a safe location far away from your property.


Conclusion


Possums can be a nuisance when they decide to make your home their home too. Several ways to keep possums away from your property include sealing off entry points, removing food sources, installing motion-activated lights and sprinklers, and more. By following these tips and tricks, you can keep possums away from your home and property, and live in peace with these cute and cuddly-looking animals.


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