One of the places they are getting up onto the balcony from is the gate at the side of the house. I had a bit of leftover bamboo from another project and was mucking around with it when I got an idea. I mentioned it to the husband who leapt into full DIY mode and very soon, we had a possum gate deterer made with our very own hands and 45 power tools. *sigh*
Here's what it turned out like!
What also really worked was strong self closers on all the doors and windows that they get in. We have to go around each night and make sure the windows are closed or the possums will come inside - even with the lights on and us all at the table. Its funny and cute until they freak out at the cat and smash your house up trying to get out - as for possum pee, its a scent that will be with you forever...
Green-ness: 5/5 for using a waste product and natural non invasive/toxic methods of pest control
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for using a waste product or 0/5 for using 10,000 screws, 45 power tools and a million cable ties...
Time cost: Me by myself - I'd still be there. Him by himself - well he would have built a better mousetrap if I wasn't there to bring him back to the simple task at hand. Together (minus the time taken to argue) about 1/2 an hour.
Skill level: Power tool level really - lots of cutting and screwing and sawing and other blokey stuff
Fun -ness: Not as much fun as... well lets say a poke in the eye with a sharp stick?