Possum removal should only be done by a trained, licensed professional. Lead beater possums are considered to be endangered (by the EPBC – Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation), and they are protected under the Nature Conservation Act of 1992.
You might be wondering why possums, which many people might consider annoying, are protected. Possums are animals of the wild and ALL native wildlife (including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) are protected under the 1975 Wildlife Act. As a community, we are all expected to do our best to protect wildlife. There are deep, financial fees incurred if you are caught breeching the specific regulations of this law.
Possums can enter your home through a space the size of a standard golf ball. They are not trying to annoy you or keep you up at night; they are just trying to survive in a world full of automobiles and other predators.
We understand that possums can be a huge problem if they gain access to your home, they are not only noisy and destructive, but they carry and spread diseases such as toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis and salmonella.
As required by law and the National Park and Wildlife, any company that advertises possum control is required to be licensed (which we are).
Bushtail Possums cannot be killed or destroyed; this is only legally possible by a veterinarian. The Ringtail Possum (also native to Australia) is 100% protected and cannot be legally euthanized.
Mating season for possums native to New Zealand and Australia usually begins in early spring (or the end of the cold weather months). The bushtail possum can and will breed any time, but the prime seasons are usually during the months of March, April and May, and again between September and November.
Prime possum breeding seasons brings them out in the open and more at risk to be killed by a car. This is due to the fact that males will be out seeking a mate and secondly because females that are laden with young need to find food late in the morning and earlier in the evening, when potential predators are more likely to be out also. The likelihood that these possum mothers survive is slim and most of the time, the young are found alive in the mothers pouch, and hopefully they are put in the capable hands of wildlife rehabilitation centers.
Please remember that unless you have a proper license and training, it is unlawful (and dangerous) to catch a possum and remove it from your property. We will be able to provide you with professional service by a licensed pest control specialist that will safely and legally remove possums from your home.