Grey 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hay on Wye
Dean was polite, helpful and efficient (in dealing with our squirrel problem)