Pest Control Squirrels.
Put a Stop to Squirrels Driving You Nuts.
We catch and remove grey squirrels from urban households to woodland areas in Yorkshire. Our services cover:
- Prevention and proofing
- Trapping and removal
If you need to quickly stop squirrels costing you money from damaging your property call Apex Pest Control today.
Professional Squirrel Pest Control by Apex
Squirrels look cute and are lovely to watch foraging and quickly scampering up and down trees. However, when nature invades your property, whether your home or your business squirrels soon turn into an unwanted nightmare.
As they start to chew through wiring cables, plumbing pipes timbers and loft installation, the cost of destruction to your property grows out of control.
How our local pest control service will help you.
At Apex Pest Control, we have visited hundreds of properties in Yorkshire who have seen the damage caused by Squirrels. Our pest controllers prevent squirrels from invading your property. We inspect and assess the situation looking at the number of points like:
- The food source
- Access to water
- Access to roof spaces
- Property entry points
- Garden, trees and overhanging branches
- Signs of squirrels nesting
After the initial survey, we will advise you on the best squirrel control options to get rid of the pests. Quickly taking action will reduce the amount of damage from the squirrels and save you money.
For effective control against squirrels call Apex Pest Control today
Are Squirrels a pest?
The short answer is yes, like rats, having a rodent or mammal infestation in your property squirrels are a pest due to four main reasons:
- Potential to damage to your property, home or business
- Potentially harm your health
- The destruction of U.K. forests
- Impact on U.K. wildlife, such as the red squirrel.
The U.K. Forestry Commission estimates the grey squirrels cause £6-10 million damage to British forestry each year. The E.S.I. are concerned unless prevention gets done, there will be no oak, sweet chestnut or mature beech trees for the future generation.
Grey squirrels also:
- Raid birds nests to eat eggs and fledgelings
- Damage gardens and orchards
- Destroy ancient and historic woodlands.
The Wildlife Trusts estimates there are around 140,000 native red squirrels left in the U.K., compared to 2.5 million grey squirrels.
Squirrel Species in the U.K.
There are two main types of squirrels in the U.K., the native red squirrel and the grey squirrels. The common grey squirrel is the mostly seen throughout England and Wales.
The Red Squirrels disappearance coincided with grey squirrels arrival, although this is not always the case (e.g. The ford Forest in Norfolk). Red Squirrel disappearances typically follow the Grey Squirrel introduction, although the loss of hazels and mature conifer trees, or disease, sometimes eliminates the red squirrel’s population.
The Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was introduced from the U.S.A. to around thirty locations in England and Wales between 1876 and 1929. It is mainly seen throughout England and Wales, parts of South of Cumbria and locally in Scotland.
Scientific studies are showing that the significant factor for the decline of the red squirrel is the introduction of its grey cousin. As the squirrels compete for shelter and food, grey squirrels also transmit the squirrelpox virus to red squirrels.
Once a red squirrel has squirrelpox, it will usually die of dehydration within two weeks. The grey squirrel can carry the disease, without their health been affected.
Grey Squirrel Biology, Behaviour and Habitat
Grey squirrel biology key features.
• Colour: Greyback 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: 5-7 years
Grey Squirrels can be part granivore and omnivore. The vegetation eaten by the grey squirrel includes acorns, beech mast, tree shoots, flowers and nuts. They will also eat fruits, roots and cereals.
They are found in woods, gardens and parks across towns and city are across the country, and often seem to be tame. It often visits gardens with bird feeders and bird tables, proving a pest for many bird-lovers.
Can pest control get rid of squirrels?
Yes, Apex squirrel control takes a hard line against these pests. Expert pest controllers will visit and inspect your home, garden and site to assess treatment and prevention. At Apex, our technicians are highly trained and certified and will look for:
• Signs of gnawing
• Track and runways used
• Access points to block up
Squirrels will also strip bark on the trees and eat the 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 the soil or in tree hollows.
As the grey squirrels are an invasive pest species, it is against the law to re-release one once it is caught alive, stated in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This means a professional pest controller is legally obliged to eradicate a grey squirrel that is captured alive.
How much is pest control for squirrels?
Pest control starts from just £50. However, in our experience, for a successful trapping programme to get rid of the rodents needs a minimum of three visits.
The basic trapping programme is £150 before any work gets done, a full site inspection is required to assess the size of the infestation and an accurate price is given upfront.
At Apex Pest Control we will also give excellent advice on proofing your house or premises against future pesky invaders.
Squirrel Damage in Your Home or Business
If there are structural gaps or general building repairs that maintenance, that will be enough to allow rodents like rats and squirrels to enter your property. Once inside your home, they will invade your space, build a nest and start causing havoc.
You will need squirrel pest control to get rid of their presence in lofts and attics before they gnaw electrical cables, wooden timbers and building fabrics. The roof is a natural place to live as it is hard to reach and protected.
Once the critters get established in your roof, they will be harder to remove as they will get more aggressive when nesting and to protect their young. Noise is another point that clients report as they are active in search of food and nest materials.
• Chew through timbers
• Tear up the loft and wall insulation
• Damage electric cables
• Chew plastic fascia boards
• Make lots of noise
• Foul the area with urine and faeces
How we get rid of squirrels
At Apex Pest Control, our primary methods of controlling squirrels are by trapping.
We use two types of traps:
• Mk 6 Fenn Trap
• Live Catch Cage Traps
We identify the areas or runways used by squirrels. Care is taken to avoid trapping any non-target species and if needed, and take measures to prevent this. Once the 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 gone and no further sightings are found.
For households, a set price for a trapping programme is given. For agricultural and forestry woodland including large areas we give you a free quote or P.O.A. (price on asking)
If you want a pest control company to take care of your squirrel problem quickly and professionally, Call Apex today