Squirrels

Grey squirrels were introduced in the mid-19th century from North America and are now much more numerous than the native red squirrel.

Squirrels are diurnal omnivores, meaning they come out in the day and will eat a varied diet of nuts, fruits, buds, new shoots, tree bark, leaves, roots and fungi and will also raid birds’ nests for eggs and chicks. The grey squirrel is known as a serious forestry pest, causing considerable damage each year, especially to young trees.

They can be very destructive

Householders may find that squirrels are able to make quite a nuisance of themselves. Agile, bold and inquisitive creatures, they will soon learn how to raid a bird table and may then add insult to injury by digging holes in a lawn to hide the food they have stolen. More seriously, they can find their way into roof spaces either by climbing the walls or leaping across from a nearby tree where they can be very destructive tearing up insulation to use as nest material and gnawing at timbers. They have also been known to strip the insulation off electric cables.

The grey squirrel does not hibernate as it cannot store enough energy to survive for long periods without food.

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Yes, most common methods are by proofing and by trapping.

Squirrels will often enter a property through gaps and holes in and around the roof. Ensuring that these are proofed is always the first practical step to getting rid of squirrels. You should however ensure that no squirrels are trapped inside of the property, should you do this. Should proofing not be successful or squirrels remain resident within your property; you should contact a professional pest control company.

In the first instance, proofing of any ingress points, but after that, call a professional pest control company for help.

If the issue is persistent then some trapping, carried ouu by a professional pest control company, may be needed, followed by some proofing work to block any access points to the roof space.

Although not particularly dangerous, squirrels, like most rodents, do like to gnaw things, which means they may damage electrical cables or any items stored in the attic.

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