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Pests & Diseases > Possums

Cause

Possums are common rural and urban pests. In urban areas keep an eye on the telephone wires, these are the possum highway around your 

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Prevention

If you have possums in your area ensure benches are well away from overhanging ledges or branches or close platforms that the rats and possums can jump from. Seedlings need to be covered with netting or closely meshed chicken wire. The protective covering needs to be set with a gap wide enough that the possums cannot reach the seedlings with their arms and pull the head of the seedlings to eat off the tops. Eucalyptus species will be ruined if the central tip is devoured. 

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Cure

Possums can decimate seedlings in one night so prevention is always better than cure.

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