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Are Squirrels Causing You Problems
If you have been experiencing problems with squirrels on your property, you are not alone. Grey squirrels are becoming a more common sight in the UK, and they can cause a lot of damage. Not only do they chew through wiring and insulation, but they can also spread diseases. Smithy Bridge Squirrel Trapping recommends contacting a professional wildlife control company if you have squirrel problems. We can help with getting rid of squirrels and prevent them from causing any more damage! Let's discuss the repercussions of turning a blind eye to the squirrels on your property.
They transmit diseases
First of all, squirrels are carriers of the squirrel pox virus, which is harmless to them but can cause devastating infections in humans. Symptoms include fever, headaches and swollen eyelids. The disease is easily transferable between humans and has no known treatment or vaccine.
Damages they cause
Squirrels are the beacon of destruction and can end up costing you thousands of pounds to repair and replace the damage they've caused. In addition to chewing through wires and insulation, they can gnaw through the framing of your home. This will not only weaken the structure of your home but also lead to a build-up of dampness from the holes they've made in your roof. Property fires are another significant cause for concern as you could lose everything due to a bit of rodent. They can also contaminate your food with their droppings. If you have squirrels on your property, it is crucial to contact a professional squirrel trapper like Smithy Bridge Squirrel Pest Control to remove them before they do any more damage.
Squirrels commonly build nests in attics, rooflines, and eaves. They also may build nests in garages, sheds, or barns. Nests are usually made of leaves, twigs, and bark. Squirrels may also build nests in areas where they feed, such as bird feeders.
Nests are approximately two feet wide by one foot tall. Squirrels may remove roof shingles to gain access to the attic or roofline. They will strip down wood from the rafters and beams to line their nest with it.
Grey squirrels can be easily identified by their characteristic black-and-white fur. They typically weigh around 500 grams, measuring approximately 35-40 cm in length. They have small ears, a large bushy tail, and sharp claws.
Grey squirrels typically breed twice a year and can have up to six babies each time. This high reproductive rate means that populations can quickly grow, and their damage to property can be significant. The squirrel babies, known as -kits or kittens, will nest in the mother's drey until they can leave, usually around 8-10 weeks. The mothers stop feeding them milk during this time, and they will stay in the nest until September. Once out of the nest, they begin an independent life learning to forage for food and build their own nests. The kits will grow into young adults and be ready to reproduce by ten months. Please don't allow the squirrels to breed and add to the infestation making it harder to get rid of them. Contact Smithy Bridge Squirrel Trapping today!
As mentioned before, squirrels are an invasive species and can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. Therefore, if you have a squirrel infestation, it is vital to deal with it as soon as possible to minimize the damage they do. This is why it is so important to choose the right company for the job- one that has experience dealing with squirrels and knows how to get rid of them quickly and effectively. Smithy Bridge Squirrel Pest Control has been helping people get rid of these pesky critters for years, and we know what it takes to get the job done right.