THEY’RE pesky, don’t pay a skerrick of rent and make one hell of a racket on their early morning vigil back to bed.
If possums are renowned for one thing, it is interrupting a good night’s sleep.
In fact, the thunderous noise generated by the nocturnal four-legged foragers has left many sleep deprived Tamworth residents – especially those in the city’s east – about ready to pull out their own hair.
For those not well acquainted with the iconic Aussie native, some sage words of advice: do not be fooled by their cute and compact exterior.
When these little guys bound heavy-footed across your roof or scurry along the length of your verandah, you could be forgiven for thinking a group of burley footballers had arrived to take over your home.
Add to this their high-pitched screeches during mating season and their inclination towards
defecating in your roof space, and you can start to understand the plight of frustrated householders dealing with the territorial species.
But there are ways to live in harmony with the adopted city-dwellers, WIRES Central Northern NSW chairwoman Jae Price said.
“Befriend the possum, make them work for you,” she said.
“There is no point relocating it as another will come into the area.”
As possums are fully protected under the Wildlife Act of 1975, they cannot be harmed in any way.
It is also illegal to trap them without a possum removal licence.
However, residents can contact WIRES to come and trap the furry four-legged foragers while giving householders time to seal chimneys and other areas where they can break in.
Just make sure you offer them a comfy possum box as an alternative to bunker down and sleep, Ms Price said.