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    Default Rats in the roof? Or possums?

    I can hear scurrying and scratching in the roof. I can't go up to look because I'm awfully claustrophobic, and DP can't go up there becauise he's a blardy giant!

    I thought about popping a trap through the manhole without having to actually go into the roof cavity, but don't want to set poisonous bait in case it's possums, and I don't want to have to go up there and find or fish out dead vermin.

    Can anyone recommend a humane rat trap that won't catch possums? Or any other ideas?

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    a friend of mine had the same issues when they moved into a new house.


    She was told by a possum catcher that -

    Basically poison is out .. because if you kill a possum .. (you would feel bad - and I'm not sure its legal?? lol - but also ) ... it will smell for about a month .. maybe two ... compared to a dead rat which smells for maybe a fortnight ...

    Call out a possum guy ... this guy wasn't TOO scary in price (ring around and get some free quotes on the phone) ... and he just set two traps .. one at each end of the roof .. in ONE night - they had both possums caught in traps ... he then took them away and rehoused them somewhere - while my friend quickly paid to ensure that the roof was closed properly...

    I hope that helps - I'm kinda ranting now .. lol

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    No suggestions on what to use but another thought, could it be birds building a nest?

    I would advise calling someone to come and have a look. I know if it was me there is no way you'd get me up into a cramped dark roof space to discover whats scratching round

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    Is there a way to tell if it's a rat or possum without having to go up into the roof?

    I know we have possums ON the roof, cause I can hear them jump onto it from our tree in the back, thunder across it like a blardy herd of buffalo, and then crash onto the ground at the other end.

    The noise inside the roof is like quiet footsteps, but still fairly heavy, and more sedate movements and occasional scratching noises.

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    found this answer on a site babe ..

    Q. I am hearing noises in my roof, what is it?
    A. The is generally two animals which make noises in your roof. One is Possums. The leave your roof at night and come back before dawn. They can be extremely noisy, running and thumping through your ceiling. The 2nd noise could be rats or mice. They normally scurry around both day and night.

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    just remembered you're in brissie - my friend is in kuraby (southside) .. if you ARE interested in getting a professional, I can easily ask her who she rang, and how much it was if you want ..

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    Haha I have just gone through this drama as well!!

    Rats make scratchy noises and you might even hear squeaking.

    Possums sound as if there is a person walking inside your roof and you may also start to notice yellow urine spots on your ceiling....gross I know!!

    We had rats and possums!!

    Most councils provide free Rat traps (in WA anyway) but you have to collect them.

    I hope that helps. Good luck

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    Default Rats or Possums in roofs

    Hi Guys,
    I have noticed your posts here about possums. I would like to add my 2 cents worth, I hope it helps for the future.
    I first would like to clear up something.
    If you think there is rats or possibly possums in your roof then you need to make sure no harm comes to the possums. Because they are an Australian Native Animal, they are protected by Federal Government law and I would hate to see anyone here do something that could land them in trouble.
    This law also states that you can't trap and relocate them, they must be released 25m from where they are trapped.
    In my daily work of possum proofing houses I often come across rats as well and lately they have been big buggers. So it is common to be mistaken. The most effective and humane way of killing rats is an electronic rat trap It zaps them and they die instantly, so no dead rats in your roof, has to be a good thing.

    It is also safe when it comes to possums, it is fully enclosed so they can't get at the business end of the zapper.

    As far as getting possums out of your roof, the easy part is getting them out. The challenge most people have is to keep them out. That's what I do. If you have any questions just send me an email. I would be happy to answer them.

    Hope this helps.

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    Mr Possum,


    Where do I find these electronic rat traps? The link above is expired and I think this is probably the best way to go with the noises in my walls and roof atm.

    Sorry for hijacking the post.

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