Eradicate Squirrels | Squirrel Removal and Proofing
Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a fast and effective Grey Squirrel removal service to domestic and commercial clients in the Essex / Suffolk area.
All of our pest control work can be guaranteed and emergency appointments are available if required. Our work is carried out by pest control operatives who are CRB checked, qualified to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2 and with strict adherence to current health and safety legislation.
Our Grey Squirrel eradication service is discreet and confidential and, if required, we can arrive in unmarked vehicles.
About Grey Squirrels
Introduced into Great Britain in the mid 19th century, the Grey Squirrel (Sciuris carolinensis) population grew until it became, as it is today, one of the most frequently seen mammals in our towns and parklands. Whilst there is no doubt that in the right place and at the right numbers, these mammals are a joy to be seen. In the wrong places and in too great a number, they are now considered a pest.
Their numbers have increased greatly in recent years and they are becoming bolder in their search for food, often stealing from bird tables and nut baskets or even into kitchens in search of an easy meal. When Grey Squirrels enter a property they can cause serious damage.
Grey Squirrels become a nuisance pest as they find their way into loft and roof spaces. Their strong teeth enable them to chew through the fabric of buildings and they make short work of electric cabling, creating an obvious fire risk.
The life cycle of Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels have been known to live for up to 10 years in the wild, although most only manage 3-4 years. The female Grey Squirrel can mate twice a year producing a litter of anywhere between 3 and 9 at a time. She has a 6 week gestation period, usually giving birth in March/April and then again around June/July.
The mother suckles the naked, blind young every three or four hours for several weeks. They gradually grow fur, their eyes open and at about seven weeks old they follow their mother outside the drey. At 10 weeks they give up suckling and a month or so later they move away from the nest to build dreys of their own. The offspring will start to breed themselves at around a year old.
The treatment of Grey Squirrels
Control by trapping is the preferred method. The trapping process is simple and effective, requiring return visits to check the traps. Poisons can be used in some cases, but whatever form of treatment is used it is recommended that the area be made squirrel-proof through the use of strong wire meshing.
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What species of squirrels are there?
The most common species of squirrels in the UK are red and grey squirrels. Whereas the red squirrel is native to Britain, and is a protected species, grey squirrels are considered to be a pest. They carry a pox which is deadly to their native cousins, and compete with the reds for food. Unfortunately, while the red squirrels are declining at an alarming rate, the grey squirrels are rising in number and there are estimated to be around 2.5 million greys in the UK.
Black squirrels are a lesser known species of squirrel and, like the greys, they originated from North America. The two species share a similar nature and habitat and black squirrels are commonly spotted in rural parts of Cambridgeshire.
What do grey squirrels eat?
Grey squirrels eat all sorts of plant based material such as buds, bulbs, flowers, fruit, roots, nuts, acorns and tree shoots. They sometimes steal birds’ eggs and eat fledglings.
What is a squirrel’s lifespan?
A grey squirrel can live up to a decade, although their lifespan will generally fall between three and four years. They are a pest at any time of year, and this doesn’t depend on the season.
When is their breeding period?
Female grey squirrels usually give birth around March and April time and if they have a healthy access to food, they sometimes produce a second litter, commonly around June or July. They produce up to nine young at a time.
Why are squirrels a problem in domestic properties?
Squirrels can cause considerable damage to property. Over time, they have become much more courageous in their search for food, and they can sometimes enter kitchens to take scraps. At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions, each year we get a number of enquiries to deal with the problem of squirrels settling in lofts and roof voids – you will know if they are in your attic as you can hear them running about. If you do have a squirrel problem, these pests are best dealt with straight away as they can chew through walls, beams, insulation and electrical cables.
What damage can they create in commercial buildings?
In commercial buildings, grey squirrels can cause similar problems to those listed above; and if they do chew through cables, at the very least it can cause electricity failure, but more worryingly, this can create a serious fire risk which could put your staff and business in jeopardy. This is why it is so important to deal with a squirrel problem straight away.
What damage can they cause in parklands and woodland?
Grey squirrels are not only a threat to property, but they are also a concern in gardens, parks, open spaces and commercial woodland. They chew through bark to get at the sap which can kill off a tree as it prevents vital nutrients from travelling up to the branches. Squirrels are also prone to digging holes in gardens (to bury their food) and will seek out newly planted bulbs to eat.
Can I carry out DIY squirrel pest control?
There are various DIY measures on the market if you have a problem with grey squirrels. These include government approved spring traps, and pest repellers to stop squirrels roaming into your garden. However, this is not always an effective form of pest control so it is important to bring in the experts from Colchester, Woodbridge and Felixstowe, who can tackle the problem and prevent it happening again.
It is also important to note that although grey squirrels are not protected by law, it is an offence to kill or injure red squirrels.
Do Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions take preventative measures?
Yes. As with all our pest control measures in Colchester, Woodbridge and Felixstowe, we feel that prevention is the best course of action. After treatment we will also make sure that your domestic or commercial building is left squirrel proof and lay strong wire mesh to prevent the problem from re-occurring.
What other ways do Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions address a squirrel problem?
Our pest control measures are extremely effective, which is why we can offer a guarantee. We generally use traps, which are simple to use and are very successful for the treatment of grey squirrels, although poison may be necessary in some cases.