The most common complaint about Squirrels is when they take residence in a loft space. They can make a tremendous amount of noise and usually are much more destructive than rats or mice. They will enter loft spaces for shelter or a breeding site. Squirrels are usually active during the day time – 6am to 6pm. Rats are usually active night time from 6pm-6am.
Why Should Squirrels Be Treated?
When squirrels enter a loft space, they can cause structural damage by tearing up loft insulation for bedding, chewing timbers, pipe work and stored items, and posing a fire hazard by stripping insulation from electrical wiring and/or chewing through cabling which can cause fires or electrical problems. Insulation may be pilled into large balls for the nest or drey. They may also be very noisy, and if they drown in uncovered water storage tanks, may contaminate the water supply. For these reasons, it is important to keep squirrels out of lofts. Squirrels in gardens are also destructive pests, eating plants, bulbs, stripping bark and will eat bird’s eggs and chicks. Grey Squirrels are classed as vermin. It is illegal to release a trapped Grey Squirrel.
Preparation Prior To Treatment
Don’t attempt to block any entry holes prior to treatment. If you do this they may cause further damage trying to get back into their ‘home’.
The treatment of a Squirrel infestation is much more difficult & time consuming than the other rodent pests. Control of Squirrels in outside areas can be carried out in some circumstances but needs to be carefully considered as once a family of squirrels has been removed from an area that territory will be re occupied sooner or later. How soon this happens depends on the population of the surrounding area. They will prey on birds nests, eating eggs & young. Feeding squirrels in gardens will increase the density of the population possibly harming other wildlife. To control them we will use trapping or poisoning. The technician may use one or both methods. the poison bait is a whole wheat that has been soaked in an anticoagulant poison called WARFARIN. This is the only poison bait allowed by law to be used on Grey Squirrels. The poison requires that the Squirrel(s) feed several times before dying. This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and all the Squirrels die. If they (the squirrels) have access to other types of food such as bird food (which in urban environments they usually do) they ignore the bait. Due to this difficulty traps will often be used along side the poisoned bait. The traps are designed and approved by the law for Grey Squirrels.
Our treatment plan include 2 visits which will be carried in your loft with regular approach involving bait for Grey Squirrel placed in safe places only. Traps might be used according to the technician decision.
- On the 1st visit the technician will inspect the loft for any rodent activity and will look for entry points where the squirrels are coming to the loft. Bait will be placed against Grey Squirrels.
- On the 2nd visit the technician will look to collect any dead bodies and replace the missing bait. Depends of the Squirrel population you might need additional visit. If entry points were located before, the technician will advise you how to proof them. You will also receive a quote if you want us to do this for you.
- You will receive a pest control report after every visit from the technician.
What Do I Need To Do Afterwards?
If the problem is inside then after treatment has been completed it is important that the building is proofed as squirrels are territorial and other squirrels will soon move into the vacant territory.
Rats, mice & squirrels can contaminate loft spaces and rats & mice both present a health hazard. As an additional service we can apply a Biocide spay to loft spaces or other areas where rodents have been present to eliminate the risk of disease. The price for this is only £65.00 VAT incl.
There are no guarantees for treatments ‘outside’ as squirrels killed are often quickly replaced but inside treatments are guaranteed to eliminate the current population but not any squirrels that arrive afterwards. The access points must be sealed as soon as the present infestation is eliminated. The technician can give you advice and a quote for proofing if required.
Where squirrels are entering a loft space the cost for the treatment program is:
- £164.00 VAT incl. for 2 visits
- £70.00 VAT incl. for every other visit.
All prices include VAT , T&C may apply