do they live?
Grey squirrels mainly reside in woodland
areas but are a common resident of urban
areas where it lives in parks and gardens
and wherever there are trees and a source of
food. Occasionally squirrels will enter roof
spaces of houses and other buildings by
climbing the walls or jumping from nearby
Why control them?
Generally squirrels are not a threat to
humans, but the damage caused by them once
they have entered a roof space can be
expensive to rectify. The Red squirrel is
protected and is unlikely to be encountered
locally. The Grey squirrel, however is a
serious pest in some situations, causing a
great deal of damage to woodland stripping
bark from the trees and eating fruit,
cereals and vegetables in parks and gardens.
Squirrels gaining access to roof spaces can
cause serious damage to timber, wiring and
plumbing with resulting risk of fire and
flood, from their gnawing. Squirrels are
known to chew woodwork and ceilings, strip
the insulation from electrical wires, and
tear up loft insulation.
How do I know if I have squirrels?
Squirrels nesting in your attic will make
scratching noises which can be heard during
the day and at night time. Visible signs
include torn loft insulation, chewed wires
and squirrel droppings, which vary in shape
and colour depending on the diet, and are
spherical, similar to those of rats. Bird
feeders are a great attraction to squirrels,
with easy access to food.
Control is achieved by trapping with cage or
spring traps, poisoning and in some cases
shooting. As part of any treatment where
squirrels have gained access to a property I
will advise on point of entry and
preventative measures including proofing
against access. If you require assistance in
neutralising a squirrel problem or want to
proof your premises against squirrels,
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