What are the clear signs of a Grey Squirrel infestation?
Since being introduced between 1876 and 1929 the Grey Squirrel has spread through much of mainland England and Wales.
Grey Squirrel activity begins a few hours before sunrise and ends well before sunset. The peak time to hear squirrels is four to five hours after dawn. Grey Squirrel can commonly seen during daylight hours however a few signs which could indicate that you are suffering from Grey Squirrel activity that requires help. These can include:
- Noise: The most obvious sign of a Squirrel problem will be scratching and scurrying in the loft, this is why the animal is often confused for Rats.
- Damage Internally: Upon inspection of the noise in the loft it is likely you will find damage from constant gnawing to different objects in the area where the animal has tried to gather nesting materials.
- Drays: Squirrels build nests (drays) of twigs and leaves in the forks of trees. The drays are used for shelter and breeding.
- Damage Externally: squirrels will strip the bark from trees which is a obvious visual indicator.
How to get rid of Grey Squirrels?
Although some people find these animals attractive, the damage that they can cause property and trees can justify control methods. These include:
- Drey poking and shooting
- Spring Traps
- Live Capture Traps – under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, Grey Squirrel cannot be release back into the wild
- Poison Baiting
To help you get rid of your squirrel problem Total Pest Control can offer a secure pest management call out service. This will include:
- A visit guaranteed within 24 hours of your call or enquiry
- A visit by a fully-trained local technician, who has the knowledge and expertise to conduct an in-depth inspection of your problem,
- A quick solution to your problem; generally using traps placed exactly at the root cause of problem offering a swift remedy.
Grey Squirrel Proofing Works:
- Advice on possible proofing works can be offered and can be carried out if required that would help to limit the possibility of future problems