Possums are a common pest in New Zealand and are considered a significant threat to native plants and wildlife. The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is the most widespread and abundant possum species in New Zealand, and is found in both urban and rural areas.
Possums can cause damage to gardens, crops, and trees, and are known to spread diseases, such as tuberculosis and leptospirosis. They are also a threat to native bird populations and can significantly impact the biodiversity of New Zealand.
To control possum populations, various trapping and poisoning methods are used. Live-capture traps are commonly used in urban areas, while poisoning is the main method used in rural areas. However, it is important to follow regulations and safety guidelines when using these methods, and to avoid harm to non-target species.
Possum control programs are often coordinated by local or regional councils, and may involve community-led initiatives, such as trapping programs or citizen science projects. If you suspect you have a possum infestation on your property, it is important to contact your local pest control professional (Auckland Regional PEST MANAGAMENT LTD) for advice on the best course of action