Squirrels

Since 31 August 2013 the Council has ceased to offer a pest control service to residents. This information page is a guidance for residents.

Grey Squirrel

How do I spot them?

Squirrels are active during the day and regularly visit gardens looking for food. Signs of their presence include stripped pine cones, nuts that have been chewed, bark stripped from trees and their droppings which may be round or elongated. Often squirrels will take their food to a particular place to eat it and the remains will be scattered on the ground below.

How do they live?

Grey squirrels build nests in the forks of trees or in tree hollows - called dreys. They breed twice a year, the first litter being born in February or March, the second in August or September. There are normally three or four in each litter

How do they affect me?

Squirrels can cause significant damage both indoors and out. In gardens they take fruit & bulbs, raid the nests of small birds, bird tables and nut feeders and dig holes in the lawn to bury their food. They can get into roof spaces of houses by climbing the walls or jumping from nearby trees. Once inside they can chew woodwork and ceilings, tear up loft insulation for nest building and strip insulation from electrical wiring which could lead to fires.

How do I control them?

In order to prevent squirrels entering your property, ensure food is not left open near to opened windows. If squirrels have starting living in your loft, it is recommended to call a Pest Control company.

It is worth noting that the red squirrel is an endangered species in the United Kingdom. The Wildlife and Countryside Act makes it an offence to trap, kill or keep a red squirrel, except under licence. For more information please see: www.wildlifetrusts.org.

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