No matter how much we love our wildlife these little creatures can become very annoying when they damage your favourite plants and spoil your trees. These nocturnal little friends come out after dark and devour the new growth on plants, deciduous vines and fruit on your fruit trees, often weakening the plant and leaving bare patches. This then leaves the plants more susceptible to disease.
Research has shown that repellents to deter possums work by taste and smell, with smell deterrents being more effective than taste. Beware, a starving possum will eat just about anything and remember that no one solution is guaranteed. It will be necessary to re-apply applications/sprays every 2-3 weeks and again after rain.
10 effective ways to deter possums
Scat is a powder preparation that is diluted in water and sprayed on foliage and surrounding areas. Scat is also available in a ready-to-use container.
This strong-smelling and bitter tasting spray is made from chilli, garlic and citronella. Best sprayed onto plants in the evening so it’s fresh for when the possums begin their foraging. Poss Off also contains food to feed your plants. Also available in a ready-to-use container.
Smaller plants can be protected from possums by covering the entire plant with netting. Place a few stakes around the pot or in the soil and drape the netting over the stakes. Be sure to remove netting each morning so it doesn’t prevent pollination or hinder watering.
*Blood & Bone
A sprinkle of blood & bone around the base of plants and fruit trees can deter possums from treating themselves to your fruit and plants. They hate the smell and are less likely to have a munch on treated plants.
Make a garlic spray by adding 2 tablespoons of freshly crushed garlic (or hot chilli) to 1 litre of hot water. Leave to stand overnight then strain and spray on foliage.
Spray the foliage with fish sauce at the rate of 1 tablespoon of sauce to 1 litre of water.
Spray the foliage or paint on the stems of plants that need to be protected.
This can be used full strength either painted or sprayed on plant.
*Napthalene flakes or Moth balls
Place around base of plants or place 50gms in the foot of a panty hose and hang in the tree.
Make a paste by adding a 6.25gm block of camphor (crumbled) to Vaseline and apply to plant stems or to known paths that the possums use.
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