Grey Squirrel Pest Control

grey squirrel pest controlGrey squirrels are a serious nuisance when they find their way into lofts and roof voids. Aside from the noise they make, squirrels can damage structural timbers and roof insulation, as well as gnaw through electrical cables. Outside, grey squirrels are known to damage trees by gnawing at their bark.

Controlling squirrels requires specialist knowledge. They are a part of Britain’s wildlife, and therefore squirrel control measures are strictly bound by legislation. If you have a squirrel control problem it is important that you consult a pest control firm who specialise in controlling squirrels.

Positive Environmental are squirrel control specialists, both inside buildings and outside in gardens, woodlands, etc.

We use a variety of squirrel control techniques: squirrel cages, squirrel traps, toxic bait and shooting.

For our domestic and commercial clients who are experiencing a problem with squirrels nesting in their lofts and roof voids, we will pinpoint the squirrel’s entry points and advise on building works that should take place to ensure the squirrels do not come back. We will also undertake such minor building works to fully resolve the squirrel problem.

Our service includes:

  • Assessing the extent of your squirrel problem, including a careful search of the area
  • Determining the most appropriate type of squirrel treatment. Cages and traps are the most common
  • Arrange revisits to make sure the treatment has been effective / check the cages / traps
  • Give you information and advice on squirrels and their activities to help you spot any potential for further squirrel problems ahead of time
  • Ensuring full compliance with the specific legislation that applies to squirrel control.

Why are squirrels a problem?

The first problem is they are among the best-loved animals. There is something about their big eyes, bushy tails and silly antics that tugs at the heart-strings of many. However, grey squirrel are vermin.

They cause damage by nesting in buildings, digging in lawns, eating ornamental plants and bulbs and stealing food from bird feeders. In attics they chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wiring, tear up fibreglass insulation for nesting and drown in water tanks. They cause damage to forestry, woodlands and parks where they damage trees by stripping the bark.

Behaviour

Squirrels use two basic types of natural shelter – tree cavities or dens and leaf / twig nests or dreys. They become active at first light, rest in the middle of the day and become active again later in the afternoon (known as diurnal). They have a home range of less than four acres.

Grey squirrels do not hibernate, but may lay up in their nest for long periods in very cold weather, venturing out occasionally to search for hidden stores of food.

They spend more time foraging and feeding on the ground than in trees. They are very agile in trees. The hind feet are double jointed allowing it to scramble head first up and down trunks. If it falls it can safely land from heights of 9m, and can leap more than 6m.

Feeding

The diet of squirrels varies with the season and the availability of the plant material that is the basis of their diet. It includes nuts, acorns, flowers, fruit and fruit buds, fungi, bird eggs and nestlings. Surplus food is often buried for later retrieval, which is found by smell rather than memory.

Breeding

Squirrels have two litters a year, the first between February and April and the second in August or September. After mating the female drives the males away and raises the two to five young by herself. The babies are born naked and helpless and do not venture out of the nest for seven or eight weeks. They are weaned at ten to twelve weeks. The spring litter is usually driven away by the mother shortly after weaning and as the next breeding cycle begins. The autumn litter may stay with the mother in the nest through the winter until well after the winter courtship season.

Control

Red squirrels are protected. Therefore only grey squirrels can be controlled. The use of cages, traps and poisons is all highly regulated therefore it is important to entrust this to professionals. For example, grey squirrels cannot be released when caught in a cage. Shooting is the other common form of control.

I was very grateful for the prompt service over the Christmas period at a time of emergency, and also for some arduous digging work in bad weather. Squeezing through small holes in the loft to inspect the roof (for squirrel activity) was something perhaps not everyone would have done readily, so was much appreciated.

Stephen Hobley
Hay on Wye
May 2015



Dean was polite, helpful and efficient (in dealing with our squirrel problem)

Dan Walker
Hereford
April 2015

Tel: 0800- 9788 934

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07467 952 - 722 (24 hrs)

They cause damage by nesting in buildings, digging in lawns, eating ornamental plants and bulbs and stealing food from bird feeders. In attics they chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wiring, tear up fibreglass insulation for nesting and drown in water tanks. They cause damage to forestry, woodlands and parks where they damage trees by stripping the bark.


Thank you very much for your prompt call out and efficient service.

Mrs Morris,
Hallow
April 2016


 

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