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Squirrel Control and Removal

The Common Grey Squirrel.

Grey Squirrels are very agile creatures and members of the rodent family, the common grey squirrel is most common in the UK and the pest that will cause you a problem if gaining entry into your loft. If they do get in your loft you will need squirrel removal. Grey squirrels are most active during the day when they’re out foraging for food from the ground and trees.

Squirrels In The Loft.

It’s a common problem to get squirrels in the loft and once in they will cause all sorts of damage. First of all, they will find a weak point on your roof and gain entry, once they are in they will then make the entrance hole larger so they have easy access. Squirrels enter the roof space for different reasons but commonly it is to either 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 and older experienced mother may have another litter in the summer.¬† A litter will consist of one to four young.

Squirrels Gnaw.

As with all rodents, squirrels need to gnaw to wear and sharpen their teeth so it is commonplace 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 fires through the gnawing of electrical cables and wires.

Squirrels In The Garden.

The Squirrel can also cause a great deal of damage to the garden by digging holes. They dig holes to hide their food supplies when food is readily available, then search for it come winter. They will hide food in plant pots on your patio and they also like freshly planted bulbs.

If you are seeing a lot of squirrel activity in your garden, then they could be living in the loft?

Signs of squirrels in the loft, include:

  • squirrels running up and down the fence line to your house
  • squirrel sitting on your flat roof extension
  • noises in the loft

If this is the case then it is best to get a professional in who is competent in squirrel removal. Capture and release are not allowed and against regulations so there are several options available. The common way to deal with squirrels in the loft is by using traps. If you need help with squirrel trapping in your loft then we can help. Contact Us


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