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Animals in the ceiling

Native animals in ceiling spaces are a matter of building maintenance rather than wildlife volunteer removals.

There are two reasons why WIRES volunteers will not go into ceiling spaces for such situations, whether snakes, possums or other.

1.  If we were to remove the animal, what is to stop it, or another returning/setting up residence?

2.  Our insurance doesn’t cover us to do this.

It is essential to determine how the animal is accessing the ceiling space and then make a one way catflap type arrangement so the animal can exit but not re-enter.

This might mean installing a sturdy strip screen of for example aviary wire (1cm sq) around the periphery of the roof line apart from a metre or two where the temporary animalflap is installed. The flap can be as simple as a strip of shadecloth taped at the top with gaffa/masking tape, preferably at known point of access.

Then, once the animal has departed, close the gap with aviary wire.

Quite a few dwellings in the Northern Rivers are older style with many access points and irregular roofing & guttering edges so when we explain all of this to owners/tenants/agents they resign themselves to co-existence with their resident native animal. Pythons will often take up residence in the ceiling and are a free non -toxic rodent control. They are non-venomous and do not chew electrical wiring. People will, of course, need to house their chooks, aviary birds, rabbits and guinea pigs in python proof enclosures (aviary wire). However children, dogs and cats are faster than pythons, so should not be at risk.

Co-existing with wildlife is part of the pleasure of living in the Northern Rivers.

If there is some aspect of this particular situation which is not covered by the above, please do not hesitate to call us on our 24 hr wildlife rescue hotline 66281898.




Updated March 2021  

Webmaster: Susanne Ulyatt

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