The pest control trade has been growing in popularity in Australia in recent years. Low barriers to entry, above average wages and the enjoyment of having a variety of work roles and getting to work with animals are some of the reasons for this. One branch of the trade, possum removal technicians, are high in demand right now.
Possums are an arboreal marsupial species that are native to Australia. They are typically nocturnal creatures and inhabit mostly forested lands but are also very adaptable to different environments. As we have encroached on their natural habitat, many of their species have found shelter in suburban areas. They can often be found on roofs and ceilings of homes and can be a nuisance especially during evenings when they are most active. Possums can also chew through electrical wiring and timber, resulting in unsightly damage and costly repairs, and their urine and excrement are a health concern.
The increasing spread of possums into suburban areas has caused an increase in demand for possum removal specialists. These pest control technicians are specially trained in dealing with possums, and are well verses in safe and humane ways of catching and removing these troublesome marsupials. A possum catcher must be knowledgeable, highly-skilled and well-trained to ensure compliance with government laws and regulations. This is because the laws relating to the removal and relocation of one Australia’s fauna are very specific and very strict.
On the Job
A day in the life of a possum removal technician includes finding solutions for up to 10 call-outs concerning rogue possums. Once on-site, the possum pest controller must find all existing entry points into the premises in question, often involving a thorough search from up on the rooftop of the structure.
Once all entry points have been located they need to be blocked off, to stop re-entry occurring. This may leave possums trapped inside the dwelling, so traps need to be set to ensure the safe removal of any possums still inside. Red apples are usually used as bait, as possums have a penchant for such fruits. The traps need to be checked regularly over the next few days and any caught possum are set free back into their own natural habitat.
The first step in the possum removal process involves finding out how the critters are entering the home. Possums commonly enter under eaves or through gaps in tiles and roofing. Brown marks around these areas are a good indicator that a possum is entering through that aperture. Once these holes have been sealed to keep possums out, traps must be set to ensure no possums are caught inside where they might starve to death.
Any caught possums must be released at dusk to a location that is no more than 150 metres away from where it was captured. When relocating a possum, it should be somewhere near trees or a tall fence that it can climb, otherwise the possum may not survive.
Safety is always a priority. Possum removal technicians only use natural methods to catch the possums to make sure that the people living in the home or property, as well as the troublesome marsupials, are kept safe. It is also the technician’s job to understand these creatures that have no other choice but to search for new places for food and shelter. Relocating them to a more suitable environment is a crucial task, but it is an absolute necessity that experts always comply with government regulations for their utmost safety.
If you’d like to know more about becoming a possum removal technician, speak with you local governmental authority to find out what is required, or get in touch with a local possum removal company e.g. Pesky Possum if you are in Brisbane, and find out how they can help you achieve your dream.