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Are Squirrels Pests?

At PESTUK we are often asked “are Squirrels pests?” our answer is that grey squirrels are considered an alien species and classed as vermin and therefore can be treated by us. Squirrel damage Common complaints from Squirrel infestations is when they take residence in loft spaces. They can make a tremendous amount of noise and

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Squirrels – Grey v Red

Red squirrels are indigenous to the British Isles, whereas grey squirrels were imported into the UK in the 1870s as fashionable garden accessories. Grey squirrels  have thrived here, and are often blamed for the decline of the native red squirrel population. The grey squirrel is bigger and stronger, and more able to store fat in

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Squirrels

Squirrels in a Suspended Ceiling Recently one of our pest control technicians (Stephen Nice) visited a school with a grey squirrel problem. They had entered a flat roof through a hole in the sofa board and had built a nest (a squirrel’s nest is called a drey) in the suspended ceiling. It is important to

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Squirrels Pests

Squirrels Pests Are squirrels pests or cuddly cute creatures? They may look cute but they are bird killers with fluffy tails. Squirrels have been described as rats with bushy tails. The Grey Squirrel pests are actually foreign invaders introduced from North America. They or the diseases they carry wiped out the native red squirrel from

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Squirrels in Lofts

Squirrels in Lofts As soon as it gets colder then squirrels in lofts is a common pest control problem. Squirrels will look for warmer places to rest and possibly breed. Lofts are ideal places for squirrels to rest and to breed. Squirrels have several dreys or nests within their territory. One male or family group

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Rats, Mice & Squirrels

Rats, Mice & Squirrels: Now the warmest December ever has ended and January has started at last to get colder and this will at last bring an influx of Rats, mice & squirrels into buildings. PEST UK have many rural pest control contracts where we have static preventative bait points and this Winter these bait

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Rats/Mice/Squirrels/Lofts

Rats Mice Squirrels Lofts: At last the weather is turning colder and whenever this happens it generates pest control problems with rats, mice and squirrels, especially in lofts and atics. Rats and Mice Both rats and mice don’t like the cold. Although they will tolerate the cold and both rats and mice will adapt to

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Squirrels Pest Control Autumn

Squirrels Pest Control Autumn At PEST UK there has been a marked increase in the enquiries regarding pest problems with Grey Squirrels. The main complaint we get with squirrels is when they get into lofts. Squirrels are definitely the noises rodent pest in the UK. They are much louder than rats or mice. Not only

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Removing Squirrels

Removing Squirrels from Lofts and Gardens Lofts Squirrels are territorial and there will be a dominant male accompanied by a female and possibly young, depending on the time of year. The squirrels will treat a loft space the same as they would a drey (a drey is the name for a squirrels nest which is

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Bed Bugs & Squirrels

Bed Bugs & Squirrels:   Hello to Customers Past and Presentand Future! The winter season at PestUK is traditionally quieter than the rest of the year, however we have foud ourselves very busy with rat and squirrel jobs which traditionally try and come inside houses at this time of year. I have recently been asked

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Pest Control in December

Pest Control in December: Last week Rick Pellen completed a pigeon netting job on a balcony on a flat on the Oxford Rd, Reading, Berkshire. Unfortunately the pictures don’t do the job justice as it was nearly dark by the time he had finished. The pleasing thing about this job was that we initially quoted

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Squirrels & Cluster Flies

Grey Squirrels & Cluster Flies: Now the Autumn is here we should be getting more enquiries about Cluster Flies and Grey Squirrels. Cluster Flies will be gradually moving into their hibernation sites while Grey Squirrels will favour ‘indoor’ sites such lofts to rest. They do not properly hibernate but rest up and sleep for long

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Seasonal Pest Control: Squirrels

Seasonal Pest Control: Squirrels: Grey Squirrels are a pest that although present all year round we get peaks of calls in the Autumn/early winter followed by another peak in the spring. The Autumn/early Winter peak is caused by squirrels looking for over wintering sites. Grey squirrels hoard food and may sleep for long periods during

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Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels: When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of Beatrix Potter like figures, all warm and cosy and fairytale like. Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people. There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them.  In other cases

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Squirrels, breeding & Trapping or Poison Treatments?

Squirrels, breeding & Trapping or Poison Treatments?: Normally at this time of the year squirrels have had their first litter (they normally have 2 litters a year but can have more if the conditions, usually enough food). This year we have not seen much evidence that they have had the litters. This is either that

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Water Damage Caused by Squirrels

Water Damage Caused by Squirrels I was called out a few years ago to deal with a squirrel problem in a loft of a house in Lower Earley. It was a very cold Winters day. I arrived and the upstairs was a mess, the ceiling had caved in, there had been a flood, water had

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