SQUIRREL PEST CONTROL
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Squirrels in the UK have two breeding seasons every year. One in Febuary/March and another one in June/July. Each litter typically contains 3 – 7 “kittens” otherwise known as baby Squirrels.
The risk from Squirrels is from fire hazards as it is not uncommon for them to chew through electrical wires causing short circuits, which can set fire to surrounding materials. Squirrels also carry diseases harmful to humans and pets, often spread by ticks.
Know Your Enemy
Rats reproduce rapidly. A rat litter consists of up to 24 pups. Their pregnancy is just 28 days long.The first authenticated record of the grey squirrel being released in England was by T V Brocklehurst in the grounds of Henbury Park, Cheshire, in 1876.
It’s against the law to release grey squirrels in Britain: any animals trapped must be destroyed.
Young squirrels don't leave the drey for the first time until they are at least seven weeks old.
Identification Of A Squirrel Infestation
As the name suggests, the eastern gray squirrel has predominantly gray fur but it can have a reddish colour. It has a white underside and a large bushy tail. Particularly in urban situations where the risk of predation is reduced, both white- and black-coloured individuals are quite often found. The melanistic form, which is almost entirely black, is predominant in certain populations and in certain geographic areas, such as in large parts of southeastern Canada. There are also genetic variations within these, including individuals with black tails and black coloured squirrels with white tails.
The head and body length is from 23 to 30 cm, the tail from 19 to 25 cm and the adult weight varies between 400 and 600 grams.
Like many members of the family Sciuridae, the eastern gray squirrel is a scatter-hoarder; it hoards food in numerous small caches for later recovery. Some caches are quite temporary, especially those made near the site of a sudden abundance of food which can be retrieved within hours or days for re-burial in a more secure site. Others are more permanent and are not retrieved until months later. It has been estimated that each squirrel makes several thousand caches each season.
The squirrels have very accurate spatial memory for the locations of these caches, and use distant and nearby landmarks to retrieve them. Smell is used once the squirrel is within a few centimetres of the cache. It is one of very few mammalian species that can descend a tree head-first. It does this by turning its feet so that the claws of its hind paws are backward pointing and can grip the tree bark. known as a drey, in the forks of trees. The drey consists mainly of dry leaves and twigs. It may also build a nest in the attic or in the exterior walls of a house, often to the consternation of the homeowner. In addition, the squirrel may inhabit a permanent tree den. Eastern gray squirrels are more active during the early and late hours of the day, and tend to avoid the heat in the middle of a summer day.They do not hibernate. Predators include humans, hawks, mustelids, and feral cats and dogs. On occasion, a squirrel may lose part of its tail while escaping a predator. Control: 1st Stop Pest Control control squirrel’s by the use of traps, these traps are either live catch traps of kania traps which provide a humane kill. It is important that non target species namely the Red Squirrel are not harmed as they are a protected species. It is illegal to release a grey squirrel once captured.