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What is a Possum?

The possum (Trichosurus vulpecular) is an Australian marsupial that was introduced into New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur trade. Possums have invaded over 90% of the country and are now estimated to number some 70 million. Today the possum poses one of the most serious threats to the environment and agriculture.

They are the most destructive pest of native forests and native birds, eating and killing trees and raiding bird nests for eggs and chicks.
The possum has a thick, bushy tail, thick body fur, a pointed snout and large, pointed ears. There are two colour forms of the species – grey and black, with many variations in appearance. Possums can walk, jump and bound and its prehensile tail helps it move around tree branches.

The size and weight of possums varies across New Zealand. Typically, adult possums are 65 to 95 cm long and weigh 1.5 to 5 kg.

The young possum is born between late March and early May after a 19 day pregnancy. The newborn baby is hairless, blind and very small. It crawls through its mother’s fur into her pouch where it stays, attached to a nipple, for 5 months. Reproductive maturity is reached when the possum is about two years old.

Why do I have them?

Possums are nocturnal creatures. The possum’s nest can be in hollow logs, hollow trees, clumps of flax or gorse or in a building. Any dry, warm, secluded place is considered.

Many urban parks and reserves harbour possums and they often raid urban gardens, where they eat flowers, fruit and vegetables. Although possums are tree dwellers they will make their home inside buildings, in roofs, under floors and in outbuildings.

Possums will move over open land at speed, preferring the relative safety of trees. They leave distinct trails or pathways through grass and undergrowth. This trail, or ‘possum pad’ can lead you to their nest site when investigating an infestation. Possums prefer to eat succulent, sweet vegetation, such as flower and rose buds, fruit-tree buds, fruit, and nuts around the urban garden.

Are they dangerous?

Possums carry a disease called bovine tuberculosis (TB). They can spread this disease to New Zealand’s cattle and deer herds, causing economic loss. Possums can also damage horticultural and garden crops.

How do I get rid of possums?

Getting rid of Possums can be a difficult task as they are generally nocturnal and can move about the entire property in search of food and a place to nest. NZ Pest Control is your one-stop company for eradication of Possum problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid your property of Possums in the quickest and safest manner possible.

Can I do it myself?

Do-It-Yourself methods of Possum control are often not successful as it takes a trained eye to know just where to look for these pests. Possum pesticides should always be used with great care as they can be extremely harmful to humans and pets if used incorrectly.

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How soon can you get here?

At NZ Pest Control, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service, and make every effort to be with you as soon as possible.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by NZ Pest Control, must have first been thoroughly checked by the EPA and registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured that pest control services provided by NZ Pest Control will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent possums returning in the future?

Seal holes in building foundations and exterior walls. Seal any openings around water and sewer pipes, electrical lines and air vents. Screen air vents. Seal exterior doors to ensure a tight fit. Cut overhanging trees back by at least one metre, that are adjacent to the building. Fit gutter guard to all guttering.

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