All possums in Australia are a protected species.
When a Possum moves into the roof of your home or business they can cause major mess and disruption.
Possum Control and Removal
Knockout Pest Control has been removing possums since the late 1960’s. Throughout that period the removal of possums has changed little. However, it is now a requirement that any organisation involved in possum control be licensed through National Parks and Wildlife. KOPC is License No. MWL000100381.
Knockout Pest Control staff are based right throughout Sydney and Wollongong and this allows us to provide you fast and efficient services. When on site our technician will determine if it is in fact a possum or rodent issue by carrying out an inspection to the roof interior and advising you of the outcome.
If it is rodents we are still able to provide you control for that pest. If it is possums we will set a cage trap and provide you a quotation for proofing of any hole or removal of branches or other mechanism that allow the possums to gain entry to your roof top.
There are special lures that Knockout Pest Control uses to attract the possums to our cages. We normally can remove a possum out of your roof within 24 hours when these methods are used.
The possums are small to mid-sized, nocturnal, omnivorous, mostly arboreal and generally brown or grey. In the Australian ecosystem their place is roughly similar to squirrels in the northern hemisphere. The 1st toe on hind feet is opposable, and the 2nd and 3rd toes are fused except for claws at the tip used for grooming.
Possums received their name in 1770 from Captain Cook’s botanist Sir Joseph Banks. He described an Australian common ringtail possum as “an animal of the Opossum tribe” based on their similar appearance to the American Opossum. However, they are not closely related biologically. They are separated by 2 continents and 70+ million years.
Common Brushtail Possum
The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for “furry tailed” and the Latin for “little fox”), is a nocturnal, semi-arboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae, it is native to Australia, and the second largest of the possums.
Like most possums, the common brushtail possum is nocturnal. It is mainly a folivore, but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats. In most Australian habitats, leaves of eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten. The tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside. There are four colour variations: silver-grey, brown, black, and gold.
Common Ringtail Possum
The common ringtail possum weighs between 550 and 1100 g and is approximately 30–35 cm long when grown (excluding the tail, which is roughly the same length again). It has grey fur with white patches behind the eyes and usually a cream coloured belly. It has a long prehensile tail which normally displays a distinctive white tip over 25% of its length. The back feet are syndactyl which helps it to climb. The ringtail possum’s molars have sharp and pointed cusps.
If you think you might have Possums in or around your home you will need to contact Knockout Pest Control for a Possum inspection.
Knockout Pest Control offer a full possum trapping and proofing service as we are licensed to do so by the National Parks & Wildlife Service.