Glis glis control throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire What is an edible dormouse? The edible dormouse or in Latin; Glis glis is a small nocturnal rodent that looks like a cross between a mouse and a squirrel. It has large dark eyes and small ears just like a mouse with a white belly and grey fur elsewhere just like a squirrel but with a slender tail that's covered in thick fur, they are members of the dormouse family and are primarily herbivorous feeding on seeds, nuts, tree bark and flowers. However just like squirrels they will raid birds nests eating any egg's they find. The edible dormouse will spend the day holed up in an old bird nest, sometimes dormouse mothers will creche their young in a communal nest, at night the dormice become active and will climb trees and walls foraging for food. They are extremely good climbers and even secrete a sticky substance from glands on their feet to help them climb smooth surfaces. Dormice communicate with others by emitting a series of high pitched squeaks and by scent marking, the squeaks are audible to humans and can cause disturbed sleep when the dormice have invaded a loft. Glis glis aren't considered to be social animals; the females stake out a territory while the males will roam through an area searching out the females for mating. When two males meet there is such a degree of ani-mouse-ity that they will fight and possibly even kill. Glis glis are only active during the summer months when they fatten up ready to hibernate from October to Mayp; generally not considered a pest and there are conservation programmes being run looking into the spread and health of the species. Conflict arises when the dormice take up residence in the loft of a dwelling, the dormouse like all rodents gnaws constantly and can chew through electrical cables causing thousands of pounds of damage and raising the risk of a fire. Dormouse reproduction is attuned to the availability of energy rich seeds; a plentiful supply will see the females come into oestrus and mate, they will usually give birth to a litter between four and five in number and occasionally even stretch to double figures. These animals have an incredibly long life span and can live for twelve years in the wild.
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Where do edible dormice come from?
The dormice were originally part of a menagerie of animals kept in a private nature reserve in Tring, Buckinghamshire by Baron Rothschild. These were released in 1902 and have slowly migrated out from that area and now live throughout the Chilterns (North Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) feeding on their favourite food; beech tree seeds.
There are around 30,000 glis glis living in a 200 square mile area but given their prevalence for hibernating in lofts, unsuspecting removal men regularly move these animals all over the country, we now see small populations in the North West and the South West of England.
The origin of the edible dormouse and the reason for its name comes from Western Europe where they were considered a delicacy by the Romans and often kept in large jars and fattened up for special meals. They are still eaten in Slovenia today.
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Are they a problem like the grey squirrel?
Glis glis are considered pests when they come into conflict by living within a property; they have a degree of protection from Natural England but pest control companies are allowed to trap them if they prove to be a risk. Pest controllers need to apply for a license to catch edible dormice and we are certified to use spring traps that humanely kill. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal for use to release these animals.
Can we help you?
Glis glis are an increasing problem and have now been reported in Caversham, Reading. All Aspects Pest Control is fully licensed by Natural England to control the edible dormouse.
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