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Stop the Possums!

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Little Brushtail Possum
Little Brushtail Possum

What is it with possums?

I am sick and tired of possums!

It's well nigh impossible these days for a self respecting cat to venture into his own backyard.

The possums have taken over. Not only do they strip the rind off the lemons, breaking branches in the process, they leave their poo all over the ground. And worse.

I demand that all possums stay in their own territory, in the wild, in the bush, in the outback, or even in the zoo. I don't care! Not in my backyard!

Evidence : They eat the rind off the lemons

The Bush Lemon tree attacked by Possums
The Bush Lemon tree attacked by Possums

Why do they eat the rind?

Why do possums do this?

They eat the rind off the lemons and the poor fruit either stays up there to be further ravaged by birds, or falls to the ground with a great thud..

You may not be bothered by the ominous thwack of a lemon falling but I can assure you that falling lemons are dangerous.

Evidence : Possum Poo Carpet

Possum Poo on the Concrete
Possum Poo on the Concrete

How can I relax here?

This is my once pristine concrete yard which warms up beautifully on hot days, a formerly pleasant spot where I like to relax in the shade and keep up my scientific observations of urban bird life.. How can I lie on this?

You don't want it warming up with the piles of possum poo, not for one minute.

This is what Australian Possums look like

My Possums are Australian Possums

I have to explain this clearly...

The possums in my backyard are Australian Possums. small arboreal marsupial species native to Australia and New Guinea. They are NOT American Opussums (which are commonly called possums just to confuse us).

My Possums (curse them) are very, very different to Opossums

Have your say! Do you agree with me?

Possums must stay in their own place!

I am at my wit's end.

I am at my wit's end. I need help.

It's not right for a cat of my advanced years to be subject to behaviour of this nature.

Just look at my chair!

Evidence : My second best chair

Possum Poo on the chair
Possum Poo on the chair

My poor chair

My own chair is not safe from these furred fiends!

Evidence : My second best chair cushion

Possum Poo on my cushion
Possum Poo on my cushion

A heartbreaking close up of the cushion, my cushion, on my second best chair.

Perfidy!

Scare Possums with Staring Eyes

Bird B Gone Reflective Scare Bird Diverter (Set of 5)
Bird B Gone Reflective Scare Bird Diverter (Set of 5)

These glinting eyes should help keep possums away

 

Beware of Possum Cunning

The Lost Cat
I was touched with pity when I first saw this sign about a lost cat. To be factually correct, it's a sign about a found cat that someone has lost. It...

And now ..

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© 2011 Vladimir

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      Susanna Duffy 2 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The possums are in their own territory. You just happen to live in it.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Australian possums are much prettier than the American variety. You can take comfort in that, at least.

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      kaseyrivenburgh 4 years ago

      Possums should stay in their won territory because it can harm the other things.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      When I lived in Surrey Hills ( a nice leafy suburb ) I had possums coming into the yard, and I thought they were cute until one ate the wiring in my bedroom wall and nearly set the whole house on fire. Heck of a shock to come home to burn marks on the wall and power point etc. I think the electrician also had to remove the dead possum as well. Now I live in the bush I have much fewer possums. When I had a combustion wood fire they would gather in the roof around the stove pipe - like their own family fireplace - lol! But now with central gas heating they seem to have moved on and leave me alone, thank goodness.

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      MrPossum 5 years ago

      From my experience with possums, once they get the taste for something they keep eating it until they kill the plant. Not really sustainable I know but that's what they do. The only solution that is guaranteed to work is to physically barricade the affected plant off from the possum getting to it. The other thing you might try is to get Vicks Vapour rub and melt a teaspoon of it into boiling water and using one of those spray mister bottles, spray it all over the plant and fruit. Might keep them away for awhile. Hope this helps. Mr Possum

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ah Vladi shame on those old possums for making your life so disagreeable! How about a Blessing to cheer you up? It isn't as good as cleaning up the possum poo but it is a start.

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      anticloud 6 years ago

      The possums will gang up on your when you least expect it. They are planning their justice. Mwhahaha!

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      JS0425 LM 6 years ago

      I am actually very worried about the possums in my backyard. All of our cats are indoor/outdoor cats, but one of them is just plain dumb. I don't think she would understand and to try to pick a fight with a possum, and I'm afraid the possum will kill or injure her!

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      i think they are cut, but then: we don't have them here in austria :-)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I saw a possum once peeking through our window as we were having dinner. It was the first time I had ever seen one that is alive. I thought it was a cat at first, but then I noticed the stiff tail which actually made it look like giant rodent. I have not seen any lately, partly because the raccoons prowl around my yard at night.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Don't let the possums bring you down, my friend! It's just not worth it.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love possums but I don't have to live with them. At times they must be very irritating.Is there a way,such as food some where away from the house, to stop them coming so close to the house?Good luck Vladi!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      They used to prowl in my backyard so noisily that I thought they were human prowlers, especially when the fruit on the trees were getting ripe. They certainly are not my favorite animals, but they aren't the worst villains in the garden.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! We have had possum in our garage and trying to get in the trash cans. My husband used to grab them by the tail and swing them at me to scare me. I can't stand them.