Possums are destructive pests and can cause major havoc once they enter into your house through the attics, backyards, ceilings or roofs. They may get passed off as harmless due to their appearance, except they are not. They can contaminate and litter your place with their droppings if left unchecked. Possums also carry germs and bacteria collected while lurking on trees, basements, and other vegetation outside. Possum Pest Control Perth done via professionals provides fool proof results. Read this blog to understand the health hazards associated with exposure to possum droppings and how you can clean the affected area while also keeping future possum infestation at bay: 

How to identify possum droppings? 

  • Possum droppings resemble the excreta of your pet dog. So do not confuse it with the droppings of your pet dog. 
  • Possum excreta has ammonia which makes it smells really horrific.  
  • Possum droppings are black and brown in colour. They are cylinder-shaped and big in size and you can find them in swimming pools, places in backyards, attics, trash can and basements. 

Professional Possum Removal Perth can be helpful in elimination of possums from your property.

How to identify possum droppings?

What are the health hazards associated with exposure to possum droppings?

  • Coming in contact with possum droppings through your food or water can give rise to bacterial and other diseases in humans. Leptospirosis being one of the bacterial disease that can get contracted due to coming in contact with possum droppings. 
  • Buruli ulcer is another disorder that can be caused in a similar manner by way of possum excreta. This is a bacterial skin infection in which swelling develops in arms, face, bones and legs. If left undiagnosed and hence untreated, it can lead to permanent disability and misshapenness. 
  • Leptospirosis can further cause liver damage, respiratory illnesses, kidney disorders, meningitis and many more. 
  • Pets also need to be protected from coming in contact with possum-infested areas. Your pets can become gravely ill if they ingest possum urine or excreta and hence they need to be kept away from the infested points in your home. Avail Possum Control Perth so that your pets and property both are protected against possum infestation. 
  • Salmonella or food poisoning is another bacterial disease that can pass onto humans and pets through possum excreta that gets mixed with water that is used in irrigation and growing crops. This infection may also get transmitted with the consumption of raw meat also containing salmonella leading to headaches, dysentery, nausea, vomiting etc. 

How to clean the possum droppings infested area? 

  1. Wear protective gear like boots, disposable gloves, and masks. These will protect you from coming in direct contact or taking in the specks present in the dried excreta. 
  2. Sprinkle water on the heap of the droppings so that it does not become more difficult to remove the traces from the area after they dry up. 
  3. You will also need a spade to transfer the collected faeces into a container without scattering it anywhere. After that gather it and transfer the collected excreta into a garbage bag.  
  4. Pour hot water mixed with a sanitizing solution, to sanitize the area that had possum droppings. Sanitizing the area thoroughly is essential to prevent any traces from remaining on the area. The things infested with possum droppings that cannot be cleaned properly need to be trashed.  
  5. You can also use a fogging machine for proper and thorough disinfection of all parts. 
  6. Do not forget to discard the gloves and also clean the used spade and rubber boots. If there are possum excreta that you find in your garden just set it on fire with petrol. After putting it off also sprinkle the area with some decontaminator. In the same way, if you find possum droppings in the pool, all you need to do is take out the water completely and then clean and disinfect the pool. You can also use professional Pest Control Midvale services when faced with possum infestation issues. 

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How to keep possums away from your property? 

To keep possums away from entering your property or garden again you can follow these effective measures. Doing them will keep possums away from your house for good: 

  • Seal and block off all cracks, openings, leaks in your home that could be providing access to possums into your property. Holes in doors, ceilings, roofs, drainage, plumbing, walls, entrances, decks and tool sheds all facilitate the possums’ entry into your home. 
  • You also need to keep the vegetation in your area to a minimum. Overgrown trees, shrubs, foliage in your garden all possibly provide an access point for possums into your house. 
  • Clean the leaves, fallen fruits, and foliage debris in your garden as that may be used for nesting by possums. 
  • Likewise, also avoid leaving open garbage cans outside your house. Get into a habit of always concealing your outdoor garbage and trash cans securely with a heavy metallic lid which would not be accessible for possums. Doing so, will prevent possums from digging the garbage cans in search of food and they would not come back to an area that has proper hygiene and cleanliness levels in place. 
  • Possums are also known to consume pet food.  In order to keep these pests away from your property, you need to clean the pet bowl after every meal of your pet. This will prevent possums from coming you’re your property to steal food from your pet cats and dogs’ food bowl. Possums can also be scared with strewn pet hair all over the places frequented by them. 
  • Try fencing your garden or the area where you have grown fruits and vegetables with the help of chicken wire. 

Connect with Amaze Pest Control Perth for having the possums on your property removed. Speak to our team on 0480032292. Possums are protected species under Australian law and hence it is not advisable for you to remove or relocate them anywhere by yourself. That could attract legal action. Speak to our customer care support instead and get professional assistance at the earliest. You are assured to get the best Pest Control Coolbinia services. 

Reviewed by: John Smith, Ph.D., MSc

John Smith is a renowned expert in the pest control industry, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is a licensed pest control professional, and has worked for both commercial and residential clients throughout his career.Throughout his career, John has developed innovative and effective pest control strategies, and has helped countless clients rid their homes and businesses of unwanted pests. He takes pride in his work and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to his clients as well as providing technical assistance to branch offices and clients throughout Australia.In addition to his professional work, John is an active member of several pest control industry organizations, and regularly contributes to industry publications. He also prepares scientific reports for Ace Pest Control on any changes or updates to government regulations affecting the Pest Control industry.

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