How to get rid of squirrels
Hearing noises in your attic or loft could be a sign you have squirrels living in your roof. The warm, dark spaces are ideal environments for squirrels to live and build their nests in.
Although squirrels are generally not a threat to people, they can cause damage to your house by chewing woodwork and ceilings, stripping insulation and gnawing through electric wires which can cause a fire hazard.
If you think you have squirrels in your attic then you need to take action fast. As well as the damage squirrels cause to your property, their droppings may become breeding grounds for insects which can carry bugs and diseases into your home.
The best way to get rid of squirrels quickly, safely and humanely is to call Masons Pest Control. We can set traps to catch the squirrels and recommend blocking entrance holes with wire mesh to stop more unwanted visitors moving in.
About grey squirrels
Grey squirrels have grey-chestnut coloured coat and a bushy tail. They are not native to the UK but were introduced from North America by the Victorians during the end of the 19th century. Since then the hardy and adaptable grey squirrel has thrived in wooded areas, gardens and parks. However they’ve almost destroyed the UK’s native red squirrel population which are now only found in very small numbers in rural areas.
Signs of a squirrel infestation
When grey squirrels nest they nest they can become very territorial, which means they may be agitated and even aggressive if they are disturbed. You may hear scratching noises during the day and night time, or see visible signs such as torn loft insulation, chewed wires and squirrel droppings. These can vary in shape and colour but are usually dark and round, similar to rat droppings.
Did you know
Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow. They also may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
How to prevent a squirrel infestation
Make sure gaps in your loft spaces are filled or covered to stop squirrels entering your home or business. To prevent any wildlife in general getting into your home it’s a good idea to plug all gaps around the perimeter of the building.