When squirrels find a place to nest, this becomes their ‘territory’, and they will protect their territory at all costs. Especially when they have young in the nest. This means they can become very agitated and even aggressive when disturbed. There is a common miss-conception that if the animal’s entry hole is blocked this will remove the problem. This unfortunately is not the case.
Do not block entry holes until squirrel pest control infestation is completely removed.
By blocking the hole the adults can no longer reach their nest, and often their young. This will do the opposite of deterring them, encouraging an attack on any blocking work. If they are unsuccessful in getting through it, they will attack fascia boards until they are successful. We have seen this happen numerous times and often this can result in hundreds or even thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Squirrels are a pest, they are non-native and were originally brought over to the country in 1876 in the Cheshire area by the Victorians, it is thought that they were introduced because the Victorians wanted to liven up the woodland and make it more interesting to look at. They were completely unaware of the destruction they can cause and their negative effect on the native red squirrel.
As a pest it is illegal for pest controllers to catch and release grey squirrels, they have to be dispatched. We use the most humane methods to remove all pest problems including squirrel infestations.
Signs of a squirrel activity
Often found in loft spaces. Squirrel droppings are larger and more rounded than a rats. Approximately 8-12mm and rounder at the edges rather than pointed.
They use loft insulation or similar as nesting materials. You may see a pile of shredded loft insulation or you may see the squirrel up in your loft space. Sometimes you may even notice them going in your fascia boards in a hole they have developed typically about the size of a tennis ball.
Squirrels will continuously run around the loft space in search for nesting materials, when there is nowhere left to look, they will break through to other areas- causing a lot of sound
These animals are very strong, have sharp teeth and sharp claws. They can even chew through soft metals and hard wood and many other materials used in lofts and on roofing. Fascia boards, tiles, insulation materials and joints are often damaged by squirrel activity.
Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow. Food is important during the cold winter months for squirrels. It makes sense, therefore, that some species are able to smell food under a foot of snow. The squirrel will then dig a tunnel under the snow, following the scent to their (or another squirrel’s) buried treasure.
A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing. This is a common characteristic of other rodents, as well. The word “rodent” actually derives from the Latin “rodere,” which means to gnaw.
Squirrels may lose 25% of their buried food to thieves. And that’s just from members of their own species! Scatter hoarders (squirrels with multiple caches of food) have a difficult time keeping an eye on all of their hidden food. Fellow squirrels or birds often take advantage of this for a free meal.
Squirrels may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves. As a result of that it has been observed engaging in “deceptive caching”. Therefore squirrel tends to dig a hole and vigorously covers it up again, but without depositing the nut. Seems like this is done to throw off potential food thieves.