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How to identify possum sounds in your roof

Updated on December 11, 2014

What's that noise in my Roof

There are times when during the quiet of night you hear something, not sure what it is, you sit quietly to see if you can hear it again.

Then, THUMP and Thundering across your ceiling, races, what sounds like the local football team training. This is just the start.

The first signs of an extra inhabitant in your roof space is often just that, your peaceful nights are rudely interrupted by a small noise at first then it gets louder as the intruder goes exploring and finally fever pitched when they start defending their new found home.

The last thing we humans want to hear is some ungodly racket going on up in your ceiling space at 3am in the morning. This by the way is the time when possums are at their loudest, just as they are returning home to settle down for the day (or their night)

Scent stains from possums

Scent stains from territorial possums
Scent stains from territorial possums | Source

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What do you do if you hear noises in your roof?

In most cases possums are either looking for a home, which they will stay in for years. This then becomes the focal point of their territory and thus defend it with vigor.

They will mark the territory with scent from a gland on their chest, over time this scent builds up to become a terrible black stain on paintwork and anything it touches. If this doesn't deter intruders then they will let out this blood curdling screech, let me tell you in the middle of the night if you don't know what it is, can be very scary. Have a listen below to the video of one making its defensive screech.

There are number of different theories about what you can do to stop possums getting into your roof or ceiling.

  1. Find the hole and block it up after the possums have gone out for the night
  2. Wear ear plugs
  3. play loud music in your lounge room
  4. Find a possum removal expert

Of the 4 options only one is guaranteed to work, you guess which one

Defensive Possum screeching


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      Mr Possum 5 years ago from Australlia

      Just remember, the noise you hear in this video is an Australian Brushtail Possum. I'm not sure if the Opossum makes the same noise.

      If you want to record it and send it to me I will check out what you're hearing.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You have confirmed that what I'm hearing isn't a possum.