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Squirrels are a homeowners nightmare.
A squirrel can be found in many parts of the United Kingdom. Though they may seem like harmless creatures, they can actually be quite destructive and dangerous. Squirrels will chew on just about anything. If you attempt to remove them and fail, you could be left with a lot of damage and very expensive repairs. For example, squirrels will go in your attic and eat the insulation, causing your heating bill to rise while they are nesting in there. They can also damage your home by chewing things like electrical wiring, meaning thousands of pounds in damages. Squirrels can also cause fires after gnawing on power lines or other sources of electricity.
These furry animals are often seen running on trees and branches. They easily can come into your home through open windows, and while using tree branches, they can gain access to your roof. Once they are on it, they will chew into vulnerable spots on your roof, making it weaker and exposing them to rain. The damages caused by water alone should be enough to get you on the phone to Bradshaw Squirrel Trapping for help with Getting Rid Of Squirrels.
What are the common places they build a home in?
Many people wonder where squirrels nest. The answer is that they will build a drey in various places, depending on the availability of resources and their specific needs. Some common locations include tree cavities, birdhouses, and attic spaces. Love areas like garages, crawl spaces and floorboards; however, they are not restricted to these locations. Squirrels typically enter homes through roof vents, so it's essential to be aware of their presence and to take steps to keep them out.
What do these furry creatures look like, and what are their behaviour patterns
The grey squirrel is predominantly a tree-top animal, so the colouration of their fur changes depending on the light in order to camouflage themselves. This is why they appear grey above and white below. The ears are wide and bushy, increasing hearing range and sensitivity for detecting nearby danger such as predators or humans who have seen them. There are 12 teeth designed for crushing hard nuts before swallowing it whole, including hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and acorns, making this squirrel omnivorous with a favourite food being sweet chestnuts! They live around two years as this animal has no natural enemies, but they can be preyed upon by owls and foxes.
What types of diseases do squirrels carry that they can transmit?
Squirrels pose a genuine threat to homeowners because they carry many diseases that can potentially harm humans or pets. For example, squirrel droppings can transmit Salmonella bacteria which causes food poisoning, while squirrel scratch fever is a milder version of this disease transmitted through saliva. They also spread diseases like leptospirosis, squirrel pox and tularemia. To keep your home disease-free and your family safe and sound, we recommend you speak to Bradshaw Squirrel Pest Control in the early stages of noticing them.
As we previously discussed, squirrels are an invasive species. Their damage can be extensive in a short period of time. Therefore, if you have a squirrel infestation, it's important to take care of the problem right away to minimize the damage they do. Trying to deal with the problem yourself using DIY products is not advisable - you may end up making the situation worse. For this reason, it's crucial to hire professionals like Bradshaw Squirrel Pest Control, who know how to get rid of squirrels quickly and effectively. We hope this article has been helpful and that you will consider choosing Bradshaw Squirrel Trapping for all your pest control needs!