Possums ate my air conditioning

Help! A possum ate my air conditioning

What happens with a possum causes irreparable damage in your roof?

Possums can cause a bit of destruction in your roof if they’re left to enjoy the warmth or cool of your roof and airconditioner. 

So, what happens if your possum eats your air conditioning? See what exactly happened to a customer of ours and how we helped.

The first sign of devastation – the leaking walls.

Our customer reported that they noticed water was driping down their walls. It was left unattended for quite some time as it was barely noticeable until the roof started to brown.

Their immediate thought was a burst water pipe in the roof, so they decided to inspect the roof cavity. 

What they found was an onslaught of devastation, caused by a friendly possum. The damage unfortunately will cost this customer a significant sum of money. When we asked why they left the possum unattended for so long, they mentioned they didn’t feel the possum could be destructive or an issue to their roof cavity. 

At the first sign of possums living in your roof, it’s always best to call us and get our team to come and inspect the area. 

We offer some really great techniques to lure out possums, but also provide solutions to ensuring they don’t return. Find out more about these techniques and more in our Possum removal sydney blog post.

So, what exactly was the destruction that was created?

  • The airconditioning heat exchange coils were torn with some even being shredded. The result – all heat exchange coils need to be replaced
  • A water outlet pipe had been dislodged from it’s pipe, which created the water to drip out into the base of the air conditioning tray, which in turn overflowed which is why the water dripping down the walls occurred. The result – a new coat of water, a lot of drying and a pipe repair.
  • A lot of faecal matter has been left behind which isn’t hygenic and not ideal for trying to deter other pests.

The Solution

When our client contacted us we booked her in for an urgent inspection of her roof property. We were able to assist by helping find the entry and exit points of a the possum and checked for signs of recent activity. No recent activity was found our team would have provided humane suggestions of deterring the possums to return.

Thanks to the KR Pest Control team who came to assist me with my Possum Removal in my Winston Hills home. They used cameras to check where the possums entering, checked the perimiter to determine if there were any openings, and offered humane ways of deterring the posums away from causing more destruction in my roof!

How can we help?

Give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your Possum Removal needs or fill in the below form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for an answer to a common question? Read through some of our most commonly asked questions.

Termites, Cockroaches (both large and small), spiders (all kinds) ants, silverfish and rodents.

All areas are covered in our pest sprays without exclusion. This will include all applicable areas externally, internally, gardens, pathways, letterbox, driveway, windows, eaves, guttering, weep holes, garage, sheds, cubby houses, washing lines, subfloor, roof void, storage areas and fences. We also use cockroach bait in kitchen cupboard hinges. We do not spray fruit trees or herb gardens, fish ponds and fish tanks. Please advise our technician of any area you would like excluded before commencement.

If the forecast is for heavy rain it’s best to reschedule – light rain is fine. We need enough time for the external spray to fully dry for it to be effective. If it is forecast to rain not long after the treatment we will call you to reschedule. If it is windy we may also need to reschedule as we cannot control our spray and it may pose a risk to our technician or your neighbours.

Generally, you can be home while we spray. We ask you keep some footwear on for at least two hours and stay inside. Pregnant women and young children must vacate for two hours.

Internally – We spray around all skirting boards, please move loose items at least 30cm from the wall or onto tables or beds. It is not necessary to move large pieces of furniture. The more coverage we can achieve the more effective the spray will be. We don’t use anything airborne internally so there is no need to cover benches or other sensitive areas. Externally – Ensure pet toys and bowls are put away, children toys should be neat and tidy all in the the one area so we can create a ‘safe zone’ that isn’t exposed to any spray. Please remove all washing from clothes lines.

Yes we ensure your pets are safe, our staff have tarpaulins on board for bird and rabbit hutches. We make sure pet bowls are turned upside down before we start spraying and ask for any pet toys to be put away. The pets can be stored in an area like the garage or laundry whilst the rest of the house is treated then released after one hour or alternatively if they can be taken out of the house for 1-2 hours, it will be safe when they return. During the warmer months the external spray dries within 10 minutes so if we start outside the pets can be let into the yard when we start spraying internally.

We ensure that your children are safe, this is achieved with safe practices and the use of the safest products used in the correct areas. No children’s play equipment or toys are sprayed with residual products. We have a non-residual aerosol we can use to treat spiders and other pests in these areas. We also have a company policy not to spray a house with anyone pregnant or young children inside.

No it is not necessary to clean the floors, our internal water based spray is microencapsulated meaning once it is fully dry it is safe, it is recommended you do not mop the floors for 48 hours after our spray.

We also offer termite inspections and treatments, possum control/removal, rodent proofing and bed bugs treatments, speak to our friendly staff for more information.


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