Grey Squirrel Control
Grey squirrels feed on acorns, tree shoots, flowers, nuts, fruits, roots and cereals. They bury surplus food 2-5cm below the soil or in tree hollows. They feed at ground level, more so than red squirrels, and together with their ability to digest acorns, (which reds can't), they have tended to displace red squirrels in areas of woodland where the two have come into contact.
The nest of the Grey squirrel is called a drey, it is made from twigs, and dry leaves and grass, in roof spaces insulation is often used.
Squirrels are diurnal, active from before sunrise to after sunset, and females are pregnant for around one month and produce a litter of three to four kittens.
Squirrels front teeth, incisors, constantly grow and thus require filing, this is achieved via gnawing, unfortunately they do not discriminate upon the material that they chew.
This can cause problems if they are living in a roof space where wires (fire hazard) or the structure can be damaged.
Grey squirrels are considered vermin and are therefore not allowed to be released elsewhere. It is also considered to be cruel to relocate them as they will be attacked by territorial squirrels living in that area.
You should be aware that you should never block a single hole into a roof void that is being used by squirrels as they are extremely territorial and will create new entrance points. You could also block them in which almost certainly lead to internal damage.
Contact our customer service team today to discuss options for treatment. Our experienced staff will be able to give you advice on next steps.
Squirrels on domestic house roof
Squirrels will nest in the attic or exterior walls of a house, where they may be regarded as pests, and as fire hazards due to their habit of gnawing on electrical cables.