Grey squirrels might seem cute, but they are far less endearing when they are causing damage to your home or business. They like to nest in warm and dry spaces, and will often enter properties through any small gaps they can find. This means that even if your house is pretty much squirrel proof, it’s still possible for them to find a way in.
Grey Squirrels were originally native to North America, but some escaped from captivity and began breeding with the European Red Squirrel. This cross-breed was named the Eastern grey and has spread across England and Scotland, where it is now classed as an invasive species.
It is estimated that there are currently 3 million Eastern greys in Britain, where they outnumber their smaller cousins ten times over. Therefore, removing and proofing against squirrels is essential to protect your property from damage. In addition, squirrels are known to nest in loft spaces where they will make their presence known. Once they have established a nest, they will become particularly territorial, especially if there are young in the nest.
Squirrel control in Birmingham
Squirrel control measures are essential to prevent a squirrel infestation in your home or business. Squirrels are not only noisy, but they can also cause damage by gnawing through wiring and woodwork.
Squirrels in the garden aren’t usually a problem – except maybe for your bird feeder, which might be a lot emptier than usual. But once they nest in your roof space, they can become aggressive and territorial. They will happily eat pet food too, which can be problematic for your pets.
The Pest Busters team provide a range of services to help identity, remove and prevent squirrel infestations in your home. We can offer one-off services or ongoing prevention to ward off any future problems. We offer a full range of pest control services for both domestic and business properties. Our service is swift, safe and effective in ridding you of any unwanted pest problem.
How do you know if you have squirrels in your attic?
- Noise is often the biggest complaint when squirrels nest in your attic. They are very active at night, and you will hear them running around, scratching and rustling.
- For a professional, the most obvious sign of a squirrel infestation is droppings. However, we don’t recommend venturing into the loft if you suspect you have squirrels as they can become aggressive and territorial.
- Other signs of squirrel activity include the presence of gnawed wood or evidence of nesting (such as shredded material) in your loft space or walls.
- You might also see marks on the wall near entry points, where the squirrels have rubbed against it while passing through.
How we remove squirrels from your home
Our experienced and knowledgeable team will first identify the source of the infestation and then use humane and effective methods to drive the squirrels out of your attic. Depending on your property and the type of building, we will use one of the following methods:
It is illegal to catch and release grey squirrels in the UK, so instead, we use humane methods to dispose of them. For example, we might use traps or poison to eliminate the pests from your property. We will then identify and seal any access points to help prevent the rodents from returning. If you need help with a grey squirrel infestation in your home or business, contact us today for more information on our professional pest control services.
We offer a range of affordable services to keep your property free from pests such as rats, wasps and pigeons. We work closely with private clients and commercial premises throughout the Birmingham area. We are committed to providing an efficient and thorough service at all times.