In their natural environment, possums usually live in tree hollows but with the loss of native bushland many of these natural homes have been destroyed. Being highly territorial, possums do not relocate easily and so they sometimes seek safe shelter in your roof.
If a possum has made its home in your roof visit the Office of Environment & Heritage website for advice on how to get the possums to move to a new home.
One group of native mammals that is still seen regularly around the harbour are bats, in particular Grey-headed Flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus). These large, sometimes noisy and much maligned bats can often be seen roosting in the Botanic Gardens, a site they have known to have occupied for over 100 years. Another smaller species of flying fox, the Little Red Flying-fox (Pteropus scapulatus), is also present in Sydney during some years.
For more information see Australian Museum Online.
For general information on bees and bee swarms, please refer to the Department of Primary Industries website. Pest control companies can also remove bees for a fee. Bee swarms that are established in your home should be removed or destroyed by a licensed pest control operator. License pest control operators are listed in the Yellow Pages. Pest control operators will charge a fee to remove or destroy a swarm.
If a swarm of bees are located on Council property we will arrange for their removal if they are causing a hazard to nearby residents. Please call our Customer Service Centre on 9391 7000 to report bees on Council property.