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Are squirrels causing you a headache?
Squirrels are certainly a nuisance. They're known to damage property, spread disease, and generally make a mess. Suppose you're dealing with a squirrel infestation. In that case, it's crucial that you act quickly to minimize the damage and protect your home. Squirrels were first brought to England during the Victorian era by scientists who wanted to study them further. Since then, their population has multiplied, and from a couple of dozens, they now stand almost 3 million due to there being no natural predators for them in England. This further illustrates their invasive nature, and in 1981 they were officially classed as vermin.
When trying to get in, these pests will cause untold damage to your home, mainly your roof, leaving holes in your rooftop, making it prone to water damage. But, it doesn't stop there. Once they gain entry, they will start to strip wooden soffits or support structures to the point that they are too weak to do originally what they are intended to do, and eventually will result in total collapse making squirrel control a top priority.
Squirrels can be found nesting virtually in any corner of the home. Ideally, they prefer places like roof spaces, lofts and eaves. However, they also like to make their nests in garages and garden sheds. It is worse if they nest between cavity walls. Making the spots they nest is ineffective, increasing your gas and electricity bills. Getting rid of squirrels isn't easy; you must act early and fast by speaking to Dunham Massey Squirrel Trapping for help with Getting Rid Of Squirrels.
The Grey Squirrel is a small rodent weighing, on average, about 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg). They are distinguished by their grey fur with unique-coloured highlights and the black stripes running down their back. These markings are typically difficult to see against the black ground of the animal's fur coat in areas where snow cover is absent or very thin during winter months; this variation may account for it being misidentified as a Black Rat or Raccoon by people unfamiliar with its natural environment. The Grey Squirrel also has white 'eyebrows' that contrast sharply against its dark head and large incisors, which they use to chew through tree bark to get at food sources inside, such as pine needles, acorns & bird eggs.
Although squirrels are known to strip the bark of trees in search of tree sap, they typically only do this to healthy trees. If a tree is already unhealthy or stressed, the squirrels will not bother it and will move on to another tree.
Breeding of squirrels usually occurs in February and May. Gestation lasts around 44 days. Newborn squirrels are born naked and blind, weighing about 1/10th of an ounce. They are weaned at approximately six weeks old and can reproduce at around eight months old. The diet of the Grey Squirrel consists mainly of acorns, but they will also eat other nuts, seeds, fruit, and insects. In some cases, they've even stolen food from bird feeders.
Grey Squirrels live in both rural and urban areas but prefer forested habitats.
They build nests (known as 'dreys') in trees, often close to the trunk. These dreys are made of twigs, leaves, and bark and are typically around 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter and 3-6 feet (1-2 m) high.
As you can see, it is vital to take care of a squirrel infestation as soon as possible. Taking these precautions will not only lessen the damage caused by the pests, but it will prevent your family and pets from harm. The best way to deal with these rodents is to call in an expert like Dunham Massey Squirrel Pest Control. By using our skills and experience, we are able to get rid of these animals quickly and safely. Does your home have a squirrel infestation? If so, please don't hesitate to contact Dunham Massey Squirrel Trapping for help.