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Do squirrels pose a problem for you at home?
It is not a good idea to keep squirrels around the house. It is important to get rid of them as early as possible. In the Victorian era, they were brought into the country, and since then, they have shown their invasive nature from a few hundred all the way up to now, a few million of them. Squirrels transmit disease and are considered an invasive species. Once they get into your home, they will cause extensive damage, especially to rafters and beams, thus weakening the structure.
Squirrels have been around since 1891. Initially brought in for research purposes, they have quickly proved how invasive they can be, going from the initial few dozen to over millions currently they as so destructive and invasive that within a century of their introduction, they were classed as vermin and that they need to be eliminated. Unfortunately, this hasn't gone the way wildlife control would have liked as their numbers continue to grow each year. Marple Bridge Squirrel Trapping advises that you treat the problem early so squirrel control is at its most effective.
These rodents will cause a whole host of issues inside or outside, with the more costly one being the inside of your home. They will gnaw on your rooftop in weak areas to make an entrance leaving holes and allowing water to come in and damage household items. This can even cause rot depending on the area. They will also chew on power lines, causing fire hazards that could reduce your home or office to ash. Marple Bridge Squirrel Pest Control will come in and eradicate them early, so a lot of these issues will be a concern of the past.
The Grey Squirrel is a medium-sized rodent that can be found across Great Britain.
Distinguishing features for the grey squirrel include
- *black eyes,
- *black nose with small oval,
- *Hairless patches on both sides of the muzzle,
- *hair colour ranging from brown or black to grey and white (and every hue in between) with distinctive white rings around their large eyes and near their ears as well as long bushy tails.
The throat behind the head is completely white, and they have two rows of teeth that are offset.
Generally speaking, females are smaller than males, but they can weigh up to 3 pounds. Males range in size from 16-20 inches long, excluding tail length, while females range from 12-16 inches long, excluding tail length.
Typically, grey squirrels breed in February and April, but occasionally in October and December. Gestation lasts around 44 days. Young are born naked and blind, with pink skin and thin white hair. They weigh around 1/4 ounce at birth and are weaned at around ten weeks old. Young squirrels stay with their mother until they are about 12 weeks old, at which point they are fully independent. Squirrels can reproduce around the age of ten months.
A squirrel's drey is a nest typically made from twigs, leaves, and other natural materials. It is usually located in a tree or different elevated location and can be quite large, measuring several feet in diameter.
Squirrels primarily eat nuts, seeds, fruits, and insects. They also cache (or store) food in their dreys for later use.
As you can see, a squirrel infestation is no joke. Not only are they invasive species that can cause severe damage to your property and home, but they can also threaten your family and pets. It's important that you don't try to take care of this on your own using DIY products- these often don't work and can actually worsen the problem. Instead, it's crucial that you choose an experienced pest control company like Marple Bridge Squirrel Pest Control that knows what's ideal for getting rid of squirrels quickly and effectively. Marple Bridge Squirrel Trapping has years of experience dealing with squirrel infestations and knows exactly what steps need to be taken in order.