So you’ve heard noises in your roof, but is it possums or rats?
Here’s a few tips to distinguish between the two:
- Noises – Usually a possum will make more of a “thumping” sound or a “hiss’. Rodents will tend to “scamper” or “squeak” and often chew and gnaw on timber and insulation. Sometimes, however, from below, it can be hard to tell the difference!
- Size of the Droppings – Rat droppings are a lot smaller than those of Possums. It’s also common to find urine stains dribbling through the ceiling or walls when you have possums.
- Access Points – Possums will leave your roof at night in search of food. So they need an access hole, usually under the eave. Although Rats also need access, their entry points can be a lot smaller, lower and often concealed. Both can look blackened or “greasy” at the entrance.
- Smells – Rats & Possums have a distinctly different smell. It is however, probably only distinguishable by a trained Pest Management Technician
- The “Apple Test” – try placing an apple just inside your ceiling manhole. If it’s gone or mostly consumed in the morning, it’s probably possums. But if it’s just been gnawed with lots of teeth marks, it’s more likely to be rats or mice.
- Thermal Imaging – Although the typical householder won’t have access to this technology, it can make detecting & identifying your problem quite easy. Contact your local pest professional for assistance with this.
How can we help with Possums or Rats in your roof?
The most cost effective and efficient way to deal with Rats or Mice in your roof is with a baiting program, our rodent baits are pet friendly, contact Damian at Integrity Pest Control Mackay for a free inspection & quote on: 0429623315
There are a few options when it comes to possums. Once we have confirmed their presence, we can install a one-way door over their entry. This allows the possums to get out but can’t get back in. Once they are out, we seal the hole.
Ask us about our purpose built “Possum nest boxes”. These can be installed in a suitable tree to provide an alternative home.
We are also licenced to use possum-friendly traps if necessary. Queensland law requires relocation nearby, so it’s important your home is suitably proofed before release. (Entry holes blocked and branches they may use to climb onto the house removed)