Friday, 12 November 2010

Unwelcome house guests

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We have some new residents in our home.

They seem like a lovely couple. They go everywhere together and seem to kick around into the wee hours of the morning.

Lately they have been heading out for 'dates' around 10pm and disturbing the neighbours with their raucous return home.

Sometimes they cuddle up in our loungeroom (walls) and you can hear them scratching as they change positions and get themselves more comfortable.

We didn't invite these guests, but they have taken up residence anyway.

We live in a bushy suburb. We have had all sort of native wildlife in our backyard - bush turkeys, quoll-like marsupials, blue-tongued lizards and a whole family of slugs. We have even had possums before, that we managed to successfully encourage to find another home.

These newbies are not welcome.

Do not be fooled by their cute outward appearance. Brushtail Possums can cause house fires by eating through electrical wires. They can disrupt the insulation in your roof and/or walls. They can die in your house structures causing all manner of smells and issues with disposal.

And they are really hard to get rid of.

Even the professional possum catchers are only allowed to remove them and take them 50m from your home. 50m is not a great distance for a possum to travel and they find their way back 'home' quick smart.

The Geege is formulating a plan as we speak and this will involve some heroics or other as he awaits for their nightly exit and then seals up their entry point into the roof space.

I feel mean, but I really don't need to be sharing my home with a couple of noisy newly-weds do I?

13 comments:

Maxabella said...

Eeek! I live in fear of possums taking over our place. The cockatoos are bad enough but I can't handle the rodents... Hope Geege's mission is successful!! x

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

Awww.... but they are so cute.... ;)

DancingInTheRain said...

We had possums who brought some friends with them - ticks! The kids couldnt venture into the garden without attracting a few. So I dont think you are being mean at all, they were mean to us!

Lucy said...

Lovely husband grew up on Ku-Ring-Gai,and his parents still house a family of possums. Lovely husnand suspects it is the SAME family of possums that were in the roof from his childhood days...just a few generations on. His parents are soft. They put up with the squatters, and get the electrical wiring replaced every few years. Mad.

Danielle said...

awww so cute:-P we use to have possums at our old place and i use to feed them lol...

Glowless said...

Aww possum in tree = super cute. Possum in house = eeek!

HooliDooli said...

Don't envy you at all! Although in our 'shed' in which we live till we build (one day...) we don't have possoms. We have mice, geckos and hopefully not any snakes, especially not any Taipans.
We did have a bush turkey fly inside recently but thankfully he left rather than nested. Phew!

Gifts of Serendipity said...

Good luck to you and Geege, it sounds like it might be a bit of a mission and ingenuity will be the winning strategy.

Felicity x

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Any critters in a house are not cute any more ...good luck with the mission Muliple Dad.

Kelly said...

Oh no, hope you get rid of your guests soon :)

Being Me said...

Urgh! We had one camping out on the clothes line under our deck pergola (right above the door) the other day. Made the husband fix the hole in our eaves quick-smart. Neither of us want to live with the stench of it dying or peeing up there in the roof. Good luck!!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

50m! That's not very far at all. No wonder they find their way home, that's just a leisurely night time stroll to aid their digestion after eating everything they can lay their cute little furry paws on.

Kirsty said...

Totally sympathise, we've tried to remove all access and entry points but they are seriously determined and still get in! They're even noisier come breeding time. Our shed is one stinky possum poo and wee infested mess and we have to put tarps over everything in there. We call it the possalow. let me know if you find any good solutions, we're renting and the landlords are not inclined to do anything about it.

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