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 the winter but don’t hibernate properly as say hedgehogs or dormice. A male grey squirrel will have several dreys within his territory and may be accompanied by a female and at certain times of the year young as well. They may only visit a loft drey occasionally in the Summer as it probably gets too hot but once the weather starts to cool the visiting (and noises) will become more frequent. It is at this point where people call pest control companies in to sort out the problem.
At PEST UK we use a combination of traps and poisons to deal with a squirrel problem. Proofing or blocking the holes rarely succeeds but is essential afterwards to prevent newcomers to the territory gaining access. The reason proofing rarely succeeds on its own is that the squirrels using the loft know that there is a home inside the roof and will do their utmost (gnawing) to get in. Similar to some one nailing your front door shut. Once this family has been eliminated then the holes should be blocked as more squirrels will eventually move in to the vacant territory.
At PEST UK we guarantee our squirrel treatments. Not many pest control companies do this. The reason they don’t is that they are difficult to treat but at PEST UK our technicians are the best in the South of England. (see web main page for details of their experience and qualifications). The treatment typically takes between 2-4 visits at approximately weekly intervals to complete.
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).