Squirrels
What you can do
  • Squirrels are attracted by food.

     

    Clear up fallen fruit from trees.

    Keep bird feeders secure.

  • Regularly maintain facias and soffit boards.

    Thatched rooves in particular should be regularly checked for potential entry points.

Squirrel facts
  • Squirrels are members of the Sciuridae family.
  • There are 2 species of squirrel in the UK.

    Red squirrels - are native to the UK, and are protected; it is estimated that only 140,000 red squirrels are left in Britain; they are not considered a pest species.

    Grey squirrels - were introduced to the UK from America in 1876, and have since become a population of 2.5 million; grey squirrels are thought to out-compete red squirrels.

  • Grey squirrels can be considered a pest when they:

    pose a threat to endangered red squirrel populations and other wildlife

    cause damage to woodland, property or food.

  • Grey squirrels strip bark from trees to access the sap- filled layers; if the tree is ‘ringed’, it will die.

    They also eat song bird eggs, fledglings, bulbs and seeds.

  • Squirrels live in nest-like structures called ‘drays’.

    If they choose to nest in your home, grey squirrels can cause huge amounts of damage.

    They can ball-up whole lofts of insulation and, being rodents, will gnaw on beams and other structures to keep their teeth razor sharp.

If you have a squirrel problem, we will...
  • Identify where and how squirrels are causing you a problem.
  • This will determine the course of action, which may include a combination of:

    trapping and/or baiting

    population control

    dray removal.

  • If relevant, we will offer proofing to help prevent squirrels re-entering your property.
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