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Squirrels

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Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century the grey squirrel has since spread throughout most of mainland England and Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a common resident pest of urban parks and gardens.

Grey squirrels cause serious damage. They frequently enter domestic roof spaces, usually chewing their way in. Once inside they chew woodwork, stored belongings, strip insulation from electrical wiring and water pipes, tear up fibreglass insulation and, occasionally, drown in water tanks. At night the noise they make will disturb sleep.

There are 2 breeding seasons in a year. The first litters are born in February and March, and the second litters are born in June and July. Litters average 3 to 4 young. If the squirrels are born in a roof space, they may continue to live there and breed there, if left unchecked.

In the garden they take fruit and planted bulbs, raid the nests of young birds, dig holes in the lawn. They raid bird tables and nut feeders. They damage trees and shrubs by stripping the bark.

How to deal with squirrel pests

Grey Squirrels are professionally trapped and removed. Entrance holes are then sealed up to prevent entry from other squirrels in the area. In all situations trapping is carried out very carefully to prevent harm to non target species.

It is illegal to release grey squirrels caught in cage traps.