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 the cold weather is just making squirrels not active, the litters are late or not there.
A domnant male squirrel will have several dreys (which may include a roof space) which he and his family (female & juvienile offspring) will visit. Which site is visited will depend on the food supply, temperature and other factors. The size of the teritory also depends on food supply. Squirrels are nor going to forage too far unless they have to. If there is a regular supply of food from bird feeders then the teritory will be small. If this is repeated then population density of squirrels increases.
PEST UK gives a guarantee with squirrel treatments. Not many pest control companies do this. Some companies charge a ‘low’ fee per visit but then due to inefficancy or deliberate action take many visits to deal with the problem. This can amount to many hundreds of pounds. At PEST UK we charge one price to eliminate the current infestation no matter how many visits this takes The technictions use either traps or poison, some times both. The problem with using poison is that squirels can be fussy feeders and the standard squirrel poinson is not very attractive so its not eaten. Also if the ‘Drey’ is not visited very often poison treatments may fail as they need to feed several times in a row on the bait to die. Some technicians will add peanut butter, Nutella, cocoa powder and other attractants to make the bait more palatable. If the bait is taken then it can take 2-3 weeks for the poison to work. Trapping is quicker and results can be seen. Draw back is that legally the traps have to be checked daily and some times squirrels may be ‘miss caught’. This is unusual but requires immediate attention from a technician.
To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).