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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 steal food from bird feeders and gardens, but they are also capable of chewing through wires, insulation, and other materials in your home or business. Suppose you have noticed signs of squirrel activity on your property. A professional Stoneclough squirrel trapping service should be contacted as soon as possible in that situation.
What Damage Can Grey Squirrels Cause?
Your home can be damaged by squirrels. They frequently chew on or burrow into insulation, wiring, and wood. Squirrels also gnaw at the material of a building's exterior to create openings from which they can enter. Once inside, squirrels often cause damage to your home by chewing on inner walls and wiring. This further exposes your home to water damage, pests such as rodents as well as mold. They are also responsible for many unexplained property fires due to their incessant need to chew, even on electrical cables.
Signs of squirrel activity
If you see new holes in the siding of your house or squirrels chewing near your bird feeders, there is a good chance squirrels have been active on your property. Chewed wood can also indicate their presence. If you see trees around your home with no bark on their trunks, a squirrel is likely the culprit as they rip through tree bark to get to the sweet sap. Squirrels also leave behind a few tell-tale signs if they have been inside your home:
- Freshly-chewed wires and insulation usually indicate that a squirrel was chewing on them recently.
- An abundance of droppings or even one dropping in an unexpected place could be evidence of a squirrel around the property.
- You may hear scratching or squeaky noises at night coming from your attic, garage or even wall insulation.
Indoor nesting sites
Squirrels can be found nesting in attics, garages, and other areas of homes. They build their nests out of leaves, twigs, and other natural materials. These areas become very messy and unsanitary due to the accumulated faeces. Stoneclough Squirrel Pest Control experts should be contacted before they completely destroy your home.
Breeding and Reproduction
The breeding process of grey squirrels is quite interesting. They are able to conceive during any season, but the peak breeding season is usually between February and May. The female will normally have two to four babies, weaned at around eight weeks old. After that, the young squirrels will stay with their mother until they are everywhere ten months old.
What do they eat
Grey squirrels are omnivorous animals that feed on a variety of food items. The most common food items for the grey squirrel are nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. However, they will also feed on insects, bird eggs, and even small mammals. They also eat tree bark and twigs. Due to their feeding habits, they can cause a lot of damage to the trees and vegetation in your backyard. In addition, squirrels are capable predators of bird eggs.
What makes matters worse is that grey squirrels can transmit many diseases and parasites to human beings. These include tularemia (rabbit fever), typhus, plague, and salmonellosis. Avoid possible illnesses and get in touch with Stoneclough Squirrel Trapping today.
Hire professional exterminators
If you think you may have a squirrel problem, please do not hesitate to contact Stoneclough Squirrel Pest Control. We are experts in dealing with these pests and will work quickly to get them out of your home and minimize the damage they can cause. Remember, DIY products are never as effective as professional-grade solutions and trying to take care of a squirrel infestation on your own could end up costing you more time and money in the long run.