Grey Squirrels Pest Control

Sciurus carolinensis

A serious pest of plantations, however in urban areas, squirrels can gain access to roof spaces via building defects and cause damage to roof timbers, electrical wiring and plumbing.

grey squirrels pest control

Apex Grey Squirrels Pest Control

HISTORY

The Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was introduced from USA to approximately 30 sites in England and `Wales between 1876 and 1929. It is common throughout England and Wales, South of Cumbria and locally in Scotland.

The Red Squirrels’ disappearance coincided with grey squirrels’ arrival, although this is not always the case (e.g. Thetford Forest in Norfolk). Red Squirrel disappearances typically follow Grey Squirrel arrival, although loss of hazels and mature conifers, or disease, sometimes eliminates reds in advance.

KEY FEATURES

  • Colour: Grey back and tail. The flanks are sometimes reddish
  • Ears: Small ear tuffs, which are often unnoticed
  • Tail: 19-25cm long
  • Weight: 450-650g
  • Litter: 4 litters per year
  • Litter Size: Average 3 but can be from 1-8
  • Maturity: 10-12 months
  • Average Life Span: 2 years

Grey Squirrels can be part granivore, part omnivore. Vegetation eaten by the Grey Squirrel includes acorns, beechmast, tree shoots, flowers, nuts; also fruits, roots and cereals. It also strips bark and eats sappy tissue beneath. Occasionally it feeds on insects and birds’ eggs. It eats 40-80g per day, and caches surplus nuts, mast and cones in scattered sites 2-5cm below soil or in tree hollows.

REASONS FOR CONTROL

The Grey Squirrel is a serious pest of plantations, where it causes serious damage by stripping bark from tree trunks during the months of May, June and July. A number of deciduous tree species of various ages may be attacked; pole-stage beech and sycamore are most often severely damaged.

It causes problems with market gardeners and damages parks and gardens where cereals, vegetables and fruit can be taken.

In urban areas, squirrels can gain access to roof spaces via building defects and cause damage to roof timbers, electrical wiring and plumbing.

CONTROL METHODS

Apex Pest Control main methods of controlling squirrels is by trapping. 

We use two types of traps which is:

  •  Mk 6 Fenn Trap
  • Live Catch Cage Traps

These are placed in areas or runways used by squirrels. Care must be taken to avoid trapping 1§non-target species and if needed measures taken to prevent this. Once traps are in place these are baited with peanuts and re-inspected every 12-24 hours.

Where squirrels can be removed off site, trapping will continue until all squirrels are removed and no further sightings are found.

For households, a set price for a trapping programme will be given.

For Woodland and large areas P.O.A.

Household – if any further signs of squirrels are found in the area we have been trapping within 14 days we will re-trap free of charge.

Areas Covered

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