Squirrels in the Attic in Blackpool, Southport and The Fylde.
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The grey squirrel population in Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire has rocketed over the last twenty years to the extent that they are now a major pest dealt with by Squirrels in Attic Pest Control […]
The grey squirrel population in Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire has rocketed over the last twenty years to the extent that they are now a major pest dealt with by Squirrels in Attic Pest Control
The grey squirrels which we see in our own gardens (Sciurus carolinensis) are not native to the British isles, having been brought here less than 200 years Canada and America.
Like the other members of the family Sciuridae, the Grey Squirrel is a scatter-hoarder; it staches food away in numerous small caches for subsequent recovery. Some caches are temporary, particularly those made near the site of a sudden surfeit of food.
Other stores are more permanent and are not collected until many months later. It has been seen that each squirrel makes several thousand of these caches each season. The squirrels have very good spatial memory for the positions of these hoards, and use far and near landmarks to locate them. Smell is used once the squirrel is within close range of the cache.
The nest of the grey squirrel is called a dray (or drey) and it is standard for the female to have two litters per year, with two to four babies each.
They can be minor problems, digging bulbs and taking food intended for birds but become major pests when they come into our houses.
It is increasingly common for Trafford Pest Control to attend properties where a dray has been placed in a loft or attic space.
Squirrels are rodents and as such have continually growing teeth; the word rodent comes from the Latin word rodere meaning to gnaw and this they do very successfully.
It is rare to enter an attic space where a dray has been constructed and find that they have not chewed cables or water pipes, indeed it is estimated that up to 40 percent of fires without an obvious cause may have been started by rodents chewing on the wiring.
Unfortunately they can also chew through water-pipes, especially with the modern trend towards plastic push-fit piping.
As if that is not enough, most household insurance policies exclude damage done by vermin so if a squirrel floods your home by chewing through a pipe in the loft you may find yourself without any insurance cover.
Eradicating Squirrels in Loft needs professional help, often because the law regarding squirrels is complicated and ever changing. You cannot simply obtain a packet of poison from your hardware store and deal with them that way as you would be committing an offence.
Furthermore you cannot trap them and release them some distance away, not only would removing a squirrel from the area of its food stores probably cause it do die of starvation, it is also commintting an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 under which it is illegal to release a grey squirrel in in the British Isles.
That applies also to rescuing and/or releasing injured squirrels.
In most cases trapping is the option of choice and this must be done in a specified manner with routine, timed inspections of the traps.
Trapped squirrels should be then humanely dispatched.
If you have a problem with squirrels in Lancashire, Cheshire or Manchester contact us on 01925 670375
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