Possums pose a significant ecological threat to trees
Living in an area surrounded with trees offers a lot of aesthetic and therapeutic benefits. Trees provide oxygen and clean the air by absorbing pollutant gases and filtering bad particles with their leaves and barks. They cool up our cities by shading homes and streets and releasing water vapour into the air through their leaves. Trees help conserve energy, save water, and prevent water pollution. By holding soil in place, they prevent soil erosion and dangerous disasters like landslides and floods. More than providing us with wood, they give us food for sustenance and protect us from harmful UV rays with the shade they provide.
Studies have also shown that people with views of trees outside their windows are healthier and happier. Sick people heal better with trees around them. Trees also have social and economic benefits by reducing people’s stress and by being one of the main natural product sources of trading industries.
Moreover, trees provide a huge marquee and habitat for our rich and diverse fauna- birds, bees, squirrels and possums, to mention a few.
Oh yes, possums.
They’re these cute marsupials moving and running across trees, going round about your roofs and chimneys, hiding in the nooks and crannies of your houses, and feeding off your trees and foliage.
The Problem with Possums
Possums have long been a problem for the noise and mess they cause to people and homes. But other than that, they also pose an ecological threat as they feed off trees. In some areas, they’ve literally eaten certain tree species to extinction. It would be utter cruelty to start a mass slaughter attack against them; yet with all the abuses already done to trees, possums shouldn’t be adding up.
Fixing the Possum Problem
Like humans, possums are part of the natural environment. Concerned environmental agencies must implement a proper, sure-fire and regular relocation strategy for them, relocating them to where they can feed off on the right food without the threat of exterminating their populace. If this has to be achieved, then intensive studies and experimentations must be done, which will take an ample amount of time, money and effort.
Considering that a humane relocation strategy for possums is hard to start unless agencies really push for it, what house and lot owners can initially do to protect their properties is to implement good rodent pest control. Tapping the right people who can help them do so is crucial. Hiring the best possum catchers can save trees from literally getting eaten to extinction.
Watching Out for Possums
In the event that your trees show signs of widespread destruction from possum grazing, contact the experts in rodent pest control in your area immediately and have them take proper and prompt action. Also have them teach you basic solutions that you can apply to protect your trees from devastating possum foraging.
Measures to save trees from possum feeding include fast action by possum catchers. Furthermore, intensive surveying of the area is needed to determine the size of the possum population and the extent of damage they’ve already caused. Installation of possum guards or bands around the trunks or major branches of trees can be set up by rodent pest control experts.
Another effective measure is to prevent the development of “possum highways” by pruning trees to keep them away from other structures or other trees. Possible dens for possums in your houses and trees must be investigated so you and the possum catchers can decide on what to do with these areas.
Unless it’s okay for people to let go of all the amazing benefits of trees, constant vigilance and effective action must be regularly taken to halter possum attacks against our dear trees.
By Debra Wright
Debra Wright is a writer and avid blogger who broke into the realm of online marketing before it was cool. Wright has contributed to various sites and covers a diverse array of topics, from rat control to possum removal. She writes because she wants to know.
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