While the possum is a truly Australian animal which can inspire joy as they move across the tree canopy, they can also cause a lot of problems when they get into your skip bin. Possums are drawn to skip bins which contain food waste as they provide an easy meal. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about the steps you can take to prevent possums from entering your bin and the what you need to do if you discover one has already gained entry.
How to Keep Possums Out of Your Skip Bin
Possums are most active at night, which provides them with the ideal opportunity to explore your skip bins under the cover of darkness. The easiest way of preventing a possum invasion is to think very carefully about the position of your skip bin.
Ideally, you should place your skip bin in an area which has outdoor security lighting. As the possums approach your bin, the motion sensors will trigger the light and illuminate the area surrounding the skip bin. This sudden illumination can help to scare away possums.
You should also trim any branches which are hanging above your skip bin. Possums love to climb trees and if they can get onto a branch above your skip bin they could quite easily drop themselves down into the open top of the bin.
Finally, you should consider investing in a skip bin which has a cover which can be secured in place. By sealing your bin in this way you will prevent the spread of food odours which can attract possums and prevent the animals from gaining entry.
What to Do if a Possum Becomes Trapped in Your Skip Bin
If a possum becomes trapped in your skip bin it is likely you will hear a scratching sound. The possum may also make a growing or hissing sound. A possum which has become trapped in a confined space is likely to become distressed. A distressed possum may become aggressive if it feels cornered or threatened so you should not attempt to remove the possum yourself. Instead, you should call your local animal control centre who will send out a qualified handler.
If you would like to find out more about how you can defend your skip bin from animal attacks, you should speak with a company which specialises in skip bin hire and supply.