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Grey Squirrels

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Experts in dealing with Grey Squirrels

While they are among the cuter pests that you will encounter the grey squirrel can be extremely destructive and harmful to your property. We take a look at the problems that grey squirrels can cause and why it is so important to exercise effective grey squirrel pest control.

Grey Squirrels are not actually native to the UK, in fact they were introduced in the 1870s as “ornamental additions” to stately homes and country estates. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the true extent of the damage that they cause became fully understood. It then became illegal to release grey squirrels into the wild.

In Britain and Europe, the grey squirrel is recognised as an Illegal Alien Species (IAS). It is against the law to re-release one that has been caught alive under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.

What this means is that you can’t catch and release them. They have to be humanely dispatched. Reason number one why you don’t want to try and deal with your grey squirrel problem yourself!

Why it’s important to control the species

Grey Squirrels cause damage to property and are a risk to health

You are most likely to find a squirrel in the roof space of your house or business. They create a lot of noise so you will probably hear them before you see them. They love to gnaw on things – in your roof this is likely to be your roof timbers, beams etc. They will also gnaw at electrical wires, stripping away the outer insulation from them.

Their droppings also contaminate the space they live in risking the spread of disease to the inhabitants of your home. In addition to this, they are also likely to keep you awake with their scurrying and gnawing activity. With the grey squirrel being most active in the hours before dawn, you can be sure of an interrupted night’s sleep. It won’t take many sleepless nights before you call in professional squirrel pest control services.

Grey Squirrels aren’t as intimidated by humans

Unlike rats and mice, the grey squirrel is less intimidated by humans – especially if they have come from the local park. You see, in the park people love to feed them so they build up an association with humans and food. They could well approach you if they feel they may get fed. Being in your roof is one thing – having them follow you around the house is quite something else!

They are also likely to cause damage to your garden, especially if you grow your own fruit and veg. They will forage for food and then bury it leaving holes in your beautiful lawn! They will also eat recently sown seeds, tree nuts and such.

How to tell if you have a Grey Squirrel problem

  • The noise is the first indicator of a grey squirrel being present in your property. You might hear a scuttling, scratching sound from the loft or wall cavity
  • Droppings in the loft space are also a key sign. Identifying what the droppings belong to may be an issue and you might want to enlist the help of a pest controller to tell if they belong to a squirrel
  • The smell of urine – this will indicate that the squirrel has been there for some time
  • Sightings of squirrels – particularly around the top of your fences or higher up on your property. If you live near a park or forest, you might be more likely to be visited by squirrels
  • Bird feeders – you can often see squirrels feasting on the nuts from your bird feeder. If you don’t catch them in the act, you may see that the feeder has been knocked over, disturbed or that lots of the food has gone
  • There are other tell-tale signs including the bark on your trees being stripped, or damage to ventilation holes.

If you think you have a Squirrel problem

Don’t delay in getting the issue dealt with. Squirrels will multiply with a female having two litters of between 3-7 babies per year. They will also cause destruction to your home or business premises – often where you can’t see it.

If you think you may have a squirrel living in your roof space, wall cavities, or in your outbuildings, the best course of action is to call a professional squirrel pest control expert.

Call Professional Squirrel Pest Control Experts

Dealing with squirrels is a job for the experts. Being such nifty creatures, it is difficult to capture them. If you should manage to catch one, you can’t release it into the wild – it’s against the law.

You need a professional to deal with the situation humanely and to advise on how to prevent future squirrels finding their way into your property.

A pest controller may advise that you cut back trees around the property, that you board up any potential access points (which they can help you with) and offer general advice on squirrel prevention.

Of course, prevention is better than cure but you need to get rid of the unwanted guest/s first. Enlist the services of a company that is experienced in squirrel pest control.

If you think you may have a squirrel, or any other type of rodent at your home or business, give us a call and we will be happy to help.

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ken miller
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We had a great service from Falcon. They were efficient. Responsive and informative. Mo (Mohammad) was really friendly, kind, efficient and gave us great information that was really interesting. We had been struggling with a hornets nest, he advised it was the biggest he had seen. He was really kind and gave a great service and they have all gone now! I highly recommend Falcon and their team, from when I called up to the end result was 5*. Khara Pierre
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daniel m
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Jan Smith
Jan Smith
Can highly recommend Falcon. The office staff were very professional, polite and communication excellent informing me when & what time visits were to happen. Mo visited several times & was always courteous, informed me what he was going to do & showed me pictures of the loft so I could see what he was doing. He answered questions & was reassuring. Good experience all round
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Susan Williams
Customer service excellent and certainly know what they are doing. Communication good and immediate response to my initial approach. Mo, the gentleman who attended was very knowledgeable and a lovely man. We would recommend this company.
Rose Chapman
Rose Chapman
I was recommended Falcon to remove a wasp nest from the fascia’s which turned out to be two nests. I can’t rate them highly enough and their quick response was thoroughly followed up until completely sorted. They are honest, friendly and reliable and I would not hesitate to recommend them. It is great to support local people who are good at their work and this is a team who really deserve exactly this. Thank you.
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Ros Durston
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Kate Jennings
Kate Jennings
Matthew was extremely thorough and very professional and informative. It was unnecessary to take any further steps as there was no evidence of mice.

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