Pest Control: Squirrels
If you are seeing a lot of squirrel activity in your garden, such as running up and down the fence line towards your house, seeing them sitting on your roof, but more importantly hearing noises in the roof space then there is a good chance you may have squirrels in the loft.
Squirrels are very destructive and certainly not a creature you want living in your roof space, so you may need some help.
What You Need to Know About Squirrels
Rodent Family. Grey Squirrels are common in the UK and are members of the rodent family, so their teeth continually grow.
Squirrels in Lofts. They are extremely destructive and they will gnaw anything and everything, this includes wiring which can cause electrical faults and fires.
Grey squirrels are very agile creatures and the pest that will cause you a problem if it gains entry into your loft. They are most active during the day when they are out foraging for food from the ground and the trees.
It is a common problem to get squirrels in your roof and once they are in they will cause all sorts of damage. First of all they will find a weak point and gain entry, once they are in they will then make the entrance hole larger so they have easy access if in danger. Squirrels enter the roof space for different reasons but commonly it is to either to build a nest or to get in out of the cold and keep warm. They will use the insulation in the loft to build a nest (drey) in which they can have their young knowing that it is a quiet and safe environment. Breeding time for a squirrel is in the spring but an older experienced mother may have another litter in the summer. A litter will consist of one to four young.
As with all rodents, squirrels need to gnaw to wear and sharpen their teeth so it is common place to see chewed timbers and wires stripped bare in a squirrel-infested loft. This can be extremely dangerous, as squirrels have been known to cause electrical faults or fires through the gnawing of electrical cables and wires.
The Squirrel can also cause a great deal of damage to the garden by digging holes and hiding there food supplies when food is readily available and then searching for it come winter, they will hide food in plant pots on your patio and they also like freshly planted bulbs. They cause a great amount of damage to trees as well by striping bark and in some cases it kills the trees.
If you are hearing noises then it is recommended to call a professional, who can carry out a squirrel removal.
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