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Squirrel Pest Control

Squirrel Pest Control in Essex & Suffolk

Squirrel Pest Control, Removal & extermination

Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a fast and effective grey squirrel pest control and removal service to domestic and commercial clients in the Essex & Suffolk area.

All of our squirrel pest control work can be guaranteed and emergency appointments are available if required. Our squirrel pest control services are carried out by pest control experts 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 extermination 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 (Sciurus 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 the attic, 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.

At first sight, squirrels may appear like attractive animals with their lively scamper, glossy coat, bright eyes and bushy tails; but the truth is that they can cause a great deal of damage. If they have found their way into your attic, or are creating havoc in your garden, it’s time to call upon the services of Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions, the pest control experts in Colchester, Woodbridge and Felixstowe. We provide a quick and successful grey squirrel removal service for domestic and commercial organisations, and to keep our services low key, we can arrive in an unmarked vehicle on request.

the life cycle of the grey squirrel

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.

Our Squirrel pest control services explained

Squirrel pest 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.

Contact us now for friendly and effective assistance and for more information about our squirrel pest control services in Essex & Suffolk.

Frequently asked questions
about Squirrel Pest Control

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.

Looking for free pest control advice? Call us on 01473 328092


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Domestic Pest Control Customer from Holbrook

I recently had a serious and potentially dangerous issue with wasps. I called Essex & Suffolk Solutions firstly for pest control advice and then followed it up with a call out. It was handled very quickly and supportively, which I appreciated because I was rather stressed about it. Amy and Mandie were really sweet and understanding on the phone. Nick was also very understanding when the location of the wasps was difficult to get too. The cost of the call-out was very reasonable and I cannot praise this pest control company enough. They all put me at ease. I highly recommend that if you have an issue with any type of pest, give Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions a call. You will be very pleased you did. It really is worth the peace of mind.

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Domestic Pest Control Customer from Ipswich

We had rodents in our garage. Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions turned up on the same morning that we had reported it. Very helpful and professional in their approach to the pest problem, which immediately puts you at ease. Wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

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Commercial Pest Control Customer from Ipswich

I work for a large housing association and whenever I can I use Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions. Their quotes are always very competitive and their service is always spot on. Nick always goes above and beyond and solves the pest issues whether it’s rodents, fleas, wasps or whatever. They keep you informed every step of the way and I would highly recommend them to anyone with any sort of pest problems. A* service every time.

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Domestic Pest Control Customer from Ipswich

We had a severe mole infestation in our garden in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, Suffolk. Molehills everywhere ruining my lovely lawn and causing a hazard when my young boys wanted to play football. I rang Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions and was given clear advice and details of how the treatment would proceed. Nick was so confident that he could solve our problem that he was able to guarantee the work for me. Using traps Nick cleared our infestation promptly and efficiently with no disruption to our busy family life. His knowledge was exceptional and he kept me informed throughout the process. I would not hesitate to use Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions for any other pest problems I might have in future.

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Commercial Pest Control Customer from Ipswich

I am a landlord of a commercial property in Ipswich town centre which was suffering with a pigeon problem.  I called Essex &  Suffolk Pest Solutions, who provided a fast, efficient and professional service at a good price.  They thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the whole area, including the gutters and floor area below, and removed all the waste from site.  Netting and spikes were then installed to prevent future problems.  I was delighted with the results and would definitely use Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions again and would also recommend their services to anybody else requiring bird-proofing work or help with bird control.  A first-class and friendly service.

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Commercial Pest Control Customer from Essex

Absolutely fantastic pest control company and I echo what other people have said that family business just seems to offer so much better service. We used them twice (for 2 different issues) after someone recommended them to a friend via Instagram. The people at the office were an absolute pleasure to deal with, so polite and helpful and the guys that came out to do the work turned up exactly as they promised, carried the work out to get rid of the wasps we had and the treatment worked perfectly. I would highly recommend pest solutions to anyone, we would never use anyone else now, literally the closest thing I have seen so far to a perfect company.

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Domestic Pest Control Customer from Nacton

You have every reason to be proud of the service you provide. Carpet moth infestation is an unsettling, worrying and anxious situation and Ricky took the trauma out of it. He went out of his way, over and above the call of duty, to fit in with my timetable! I was very pleased to express my complete satisfaction with your pest control service. The procedure was explained very thoroughly, including the health and safety aspect. Ricky was very professional, efficient and clearly took pride in eradicating the source of the problem. I left my house in his care with great confidence and returned convinced that I was not sharing my home with carpet eaters any more. Thank you and many, many thanks to Ricky.

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Bird Proofing Solar Panels in Essex

Very efficient. Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions inspected the property carefully prior to giving me a quotation for making my solar panels bird-proof. Now I no longer supply heated accommodation for the local pigeons. The men who applied the grilles around the panels knew exactly what they were doing. I was really envious of their scaffolding! They came when they said they would come. They answered any question which I and my wife raised. I cannot fault their work.

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Commercial Pest Control Customer from Essex

Just wanted to say thanks to you guys for doing such a great job today, Ricky was great and very professional on-site. I would certainly come back should I have the requirement again and I would also recommend you to anyone as well. Thanks.

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Lettings Agency from Woodbridge

Whether our pest control emergency had wings, feathers or fur we have always found Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions resolve it quickly with minimal fuss.  Distressed clients with rats in residence or their carpet unexpectedly alive with fleas are reassured by the calm, a matter of fact manner the situation is brought under control.  Their helpful advice about how soon a family can sleep in their house, if fleas will be hatching and biting again or ideas to prevent wasps nesting is always welcome.  Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer excellent service and value for money from the telephone enquiry to aftercare service.