Squirrels in Surbiton
Squirrels in Surbiton
The most common complaint about Squirrels is when they take residence in a loft space in Surbiton. They can make a tremendous amount of noise and usually are much more destructive than rats or mice. They will enter loft spaces for shelter or as a breeding site. A male squirrel will have several dreys (nests) within his territory – usually these will be in trees but some times inside buildings. Sometimes squirrels can be pests in gardens and can do damage to bulbs, plants, trees and eat birds eggs and young birds.
Why Squirrels should be treated in Surbiton
When squirrels enter a loft space, they can cause structural damage by tearing up loft insulation for bedding. By chewing timbers, pipe work and stored items, and they can pose a fire hazard by stripping insulation from electrical wiring or chewing through cabling which can cause fires or electrical problems. Insulation may be pilled into large balls for the nest or drey. They are also very noisy, and if they drown in uncovered water storage tanks they can contaminate the water supply. For these reasons, it is important to keep squirrels out of your loft. Squirrels in gardens are also destructive pests, as they can eat plants and bulbs. They will also strip bark and eat bird’s eggs and the chicks. Grey Squirrels are classed as vermin. It is illegal to release a trapped Grey Squirrel.
Treatment of Squirrels in Surbiton
Before the technician arrives we ask that you do not block up any holes you may find or see. As the Squirrel can cause more damage trying to find a way back inside to its drey or nest.
The technician will use either or both trapping & poisoning. The technician may use one or both methods. The poison bait we use is a whole wheat that has been soaked in an anticoagulant poison called WARFARIN @0.02%, M.A.F.F. no: 01009. This is the only poison bait allowed by law to be used on Grey Squirrels. The poison requires that the Squirrels feed several times before dying. This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and that all the Squirrels die. If they have access to other types of food such as bird food, which in urban environments they usually do, they will ignore the bait. Due to this difficulty traps will often be used along side the poisoned bait.
Legally these types of traps have to be checked daily so can only be used if you are able to do so. If you see or hear an animal caught in one of the traps that is in distress you must phone our office.
For further information on Squirrels please click the link for the BPCA. The BPCA is is the leading UK trade association, representing organisations with a professional interest in the eradication and management of public health pests.
To book in for a treatment of Squirrels or any other pest please call us on:
PEST UK (Surbiton) Phone: 020 8328 3326
or email us at- firstname.lastname@example.org