Grey Squirrel control in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and Maidenhead
Total squirrel control from All Aspects Pest Control
Squirrels are so cute are they really a pest?
The North American Grey Squirrel was introduced by the Duke of Bedford in the 19th Century in Woburn who thought of it as a "likeable, easily tamed and attractive animal". As attractive as they are, they are also a costly nuisance for businesses and householders throughout the whole Country causing thousands of pounds of damage, they are not protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, unlike their native cousin the Eurasian red squirrel.
Grey squirrels have two breeding seasons each year and can easily live for up to 9 years in the wild, squirrels cause damage by bark stripping from trees and will eat fruit from gardens and allotments. As omnivores grey squirrels will predate on bird nests, taking eggs and chicks causing destruction of many songbirds.
What damage do squirrels cause?
Like rats and mice their incisors continue to grow, when they gain access to domestic buildings they chew through woodwork and even live electrical cables with the subsequent risk of fire or failure of electrical appliances, when squirrels get in the loft of a house they tear up loft and wall insulation to nest in and chew the actual fabric of the building like plasterboard and fibreboard. Squirrels chew boxes and other items stored in the roof space leading to financial loss of stock and the loss of treasured belongings, squirrels are noisy and their activity inside houses causes concern to the residents and can frighten children leading to disturbed sleep patterns.
Can we help you?
All Aspects Pest Control Reading are experts in the field of squirrel proofing and trapping and provides a free telephone consultation if you think you have a squirrel problem. The most effective form of control of a squirrel infestation within buildings is trapping with humane break back traps, which we follow up with carrying out physical proofing your property to prevent future access for squirrels. All our technicians are trained and certified to provide the best quality pest control solution.