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The Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrels are a common feature of many modern urban areas and their numbers appear to be rising. For many, the Grey Squirrel is nothing more than a fleeting, flash of grey outside home and office windows, but for others, the story couldn't be more different.
For years, the trend to feed the birds and support rather than pro-actively manage urban wildlife populations, has seen the Grey Squirrel at the forefront of an increasing toll, on wild birds and residential property.
Grey Squirrels feed on a wide variety of resources that include bird eggs and fledglings. Studies reported by the BBC on The impact of grey Squirrels, reveals that grey squirrels are having a negative impact on some bird species.
The report does balance this by saying bird numbers were often able to recover, but there can be no doubt, that in areas of high squirrel populations, supported by a growing trend to leave food out for them, indicates the likelihood of recovery in the effected bird species may prove to be grim.
Damage Squirrels Cause To Property
Grey Squirrels are masters of climbing and entry. They can climb, almost any textured surface and easily scale most buildings. Once on the roof they quickly explore key points of weakness.
These include dormer windows, faulty and rotten fascia boards, missing roof tiles and enter under the roof tiles, via the guttering.
Once inside the damage varies from a small amount of damage to loft insulation, to chewed wires, chewed plastic & lead pipes to house fires, and yes, we do, have customers who have had fires as a result of grey squirrels chewing through cables - It Is Not A Urban Myth!!
Methods of Grey Squirrel Control
Proofing is the first line of defense against Grey Squirrels. Many people try in vain to proof out Grey Squirrels because they think the squirrels are stupid. This is not the case.
Grey squirrels often find ingenious ways around badly installed proofing measures, and often resort to a bevy of acrobatics in order to secure both food and shelter. Proofing is best done with well applied physical barriers such as concrete, cement and steel mesh.
We see lots of DIY proofing gone wrong and our customers are extremely happy when we show and explain how to do it effectively. We regularly work alongside roofers and other trades to ensure it is done correctly.
Probably the most important measure is removing any overhanging branches or shrubbery and ivy resting against or on the roof. Ideally you should be looking to have at least 1 meter clearance between the property and any shrubs and trees etc. Climbing plants are another major issue and sometimes requires complete removal.
Trapping needs to be carried out with an approved trap and if cage traps are being used, it is illegal to release squirrels, they must be humanely dispatched. We commonly hear customers tell us that they drown the squirrels in the water butt or pond - and this is an illegal method of dispatch.
We rarely use cage traps because of the suffering and distress that is often caused by them. People try to dispatch with air pistols that are completely inappropriate for this task, due to the low velocity. It can take 20 or more shots to kill a grey squirrel with a pistol in the hands of an amateur.
Fenn traps and Kania traps are by far the most effective method of dispatch in many situations. There are a number of very good alternatives, but professional preferences rage as to which is best and which is the most humane. Professional traps are extremely dangerous if used incorrectly, and will break hands, fingers and the legs of pets if they are used incorrectly.
Poisoning squirrels is not as simple as it might sound - for a start we only have one poison we are allowed to use on Grey Squirrels in the UK and this is only available to professionals. The bait is not nut based because nuts contain Vitamin K, the antidote to the Warfarin based poison.
Poisons can be beneficial in eliminating squirrels, but leave you with a fairly large animal rotting and stinking in your property, that you might not be able to find.
Squirrels rotting in your loft in the middle of winter will leave your home smelling fowl for months, so the best time to use this kind of poison is in the warmer months when flies and other insects will be more available to consume the carcass.
Question: What other Ways Can Your Bristol Pest Control Service Help Me?
The Bristol Rat Company helps qualified electricians inspect and test your entire electrical system for faults and damage caused by rodent activity. We can also update older style electrical systems, reducing fire risks and the dangers of electrical accidents caused by electrocution from wires stripped bare by rats, squirrels and mice.
Damaged pipes like those leading into underfloor heating systems are a major hazard to both your properties structural integrity and of course electrical injury. We have qualified Plumbers from that will quickly inspect and if required, replace or repair damaged pipes and equipment.
Drain Repairs and Digital Camera Inspections
Very often the rodent problems we see in Bristol are a result of rats getting into property through damaged, faulty or badly designed sewer systems.
When required we have the facilities and expertise to carry out a full inspection of both the sewer system and the property's drainage. Where damage is found we will carry out remediation work to protect the property.
Loft Insulation Treatments
Insulation is one of the most significant areas of contamination risk and is regularly overlooked. Rodents nest and live between layers, depositing huge quantities of droppings, urine and nesting material infested with insect pests.
We are able to undertake a highly effective decontamination processes in place to ensure insulation is quickly and effectively replaced and surrounding surfaces fully disinfected with a sophisticated product that kills, viruses, bacteria and many other types of microorganism.
We also use the Bristol Pest Control Services of WaspKill UK, who are experts in insect control to handle the fumigation of properties affected by flea, bedbug and lice infestations.
We have healthcare trained operatives, formally qualified in infection control to decontaminate an infested or contaminated environment. We understand infection control and how to achieve an intensive clean more than many other organisations.
Our head of infection control operations has fifteen years experience in clinical healthcare services as well as many years experience in the pest control industry - in short we are the best at what we do.
Bristol Squirrel Proofing
Proofing is where we put in place effective barriers preventing rodents from accessing property or sensitive areas. We have experience in sealing cavity walls, cellars, attics, store rooms, kitchens and the list goes on. If you have rodents and don't want them getting in - then we have the expertise to help.
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