Squirrel facts

  • Squirrels are members of the Sciuridae family.
  • There are 2 species of squirrel in the UK.
    • Red squirrels – are native to the UK, and are protected; it is estimated that only 140,000 red squirrels are left in Britain; they are not considered a pest species.
    • Grey squirrels – were introduced to the UK from America in 1876, and have since become a population of 2.5 million; grey squirrels are thought to out-compete red squirrels.
  • Grey squirrels can be considered a pest when they:
    • pose a threat to endangered red squirrel populations and other wildlife
    • cause damage to woodland, property or food.
  • Grey squirrels strip bark from trees to access the sap- filled layers; if the tree is ‘ringed’, it will die.
    • They also eat song bird eggs, fledglings, bulbs and seeds.
  • Squirrels live in nest-like structures called ‘drays’.
    • If they choose to nest in your home, grey squirrels can cause huge amounts of damage.
    • They can ball-up whole lofts of insulation and, being rodents, will gnaw on beams and other structures to keep their teeth razor sharp.

What you can do​ ​

  • Squirrels are attracted by food.
    • Clear up fallen fruit from trees.
    • Keep bird feeders secure.
  • Regularly maintain facias and soffit boards.
    • Thatched rooves in particular should be regularly checked for potential entry points.

If you have a squirrel problem, we will…

  • Identify where and how squirrels are causing you a problem.
  • This will determine the course of action, which may include a combination of:
    • trapping and/or baiting
    • population control
    • dray removal.
  • If relevant, we will offer proofing to help prevent squirrels re-entering your property.
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