Pest control for Squirrels

Pest control for Squirrels

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Have you heard something rustling in your attic or loft and suspect squirrels? As cute as squirrels might appear to be, they can be an incredibly destructive and distressing pest to have in your home or work

The dangers: why we control grey squirrels

Even though the grey squirrel is widely appreciated for its grace and ‘cuteness’ by much of the UK – the pest management industry knows that there are times when the lethal control of grey squirrels is necessary.
The grey squirrel is recognised as being in the top worst 100 invasive pest species in the world by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Here in Britain and Europe, is classed as an Invasive Alien Species (IAS) which is any animal that is not native to the UK.
Because grey squirrels are an invasive pest species, it is against the law to re-release a grey squirrel if it’s been caught alive, per the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.
That means that any person who catches a grey squirrel alive is legally obliged to humanely dispatch it.
As their numbers have increased in the UK, so has the damage they cause. This is where professional pest control comes in.

There are three reasons we control grey squirrels:

• Their potential to damage to your home, business and health
• The destruction of UK forests
• The impact on our native wildlife, in particular the red squirrel.

Signs of squirrels in your home or business

Our figures suggest people have more problems with squirrels during the spring and autumn when they’re looking for food.
These are the seven signs easiest signs to spot when looking for evidence of squirrels in your home or loft.
1. Scratching and rustling sound from your loft or a wall cavity
2. Spotting droppings in the loft – although you might need a pest controller to identify these droppings (check out our droppings identification guide)
3. Smell of urine in the loft area might indicate the infestation has been going on some time
4. Spotting lots of other squirrels around your property, particularly near your roof or on high fences
5. Fruit and nuts being stolen from bird feeders, or the feeders being disturbed/knocked over
6. Bark being stripped from trees in your garden
7. Holes in vents or damage to your insulation foam.

If you’ve noticed a few of these signs, then it’s time to contact us.

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