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Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels were introduced to the British Isles at the end of the last century. They are now widespread and can be found in urban and rural areas, from extensive woodland to suburban gardens. Active during the day, most of a squirrel's time is spent foraging and storing food. Its diet varies by season. Nuts, fruits, fir cones, buds and shoots are on the menu but plant bulbs, berries, insects and food provided by residents are also popular. Squirrels are vandals! Stripping bark from trees can cause severe damage and may even kill a tree. Squirrels in a roof space can cause structural damage by tearing up insulation (used for bedding materials), chewing timbers and stripping electrical cables of insulation. While they are a nuisance they are not a health hazard.

Keep out!

Squirrels can jump up to a distance of 12ft. Overhanging trees growing close to or climbing plants growing on a wall will provide a perfect way for them to get into any holes in the wall or roof structure. A piece of newspaper stuffed securely into a suspected access hole will easily be removed by a squirrel, showing it is in use. If they have already got into your home, it is essential to ensure no remaining squirrels are trapped in the loft before access is blocked. A trapped animal will cause more damage in their effort to escape. It is cruel to trap them and illegal to cause suffering to a captive animal. Decomposition of any squirrels that die may also attract insects.

Pest control

We do not provide a pest control service for squirrels. Control of squirrels is permitted but should only be carried out by qualified pest control officers. Squirrels can inflict painful bites. Many types of cage traps are available. A period of baiting around the trap to encourage the squirrel to feed near them may be needed before setting bait inside.

Spring traps

We do not provide a pest control service for squirrels. Control of squirrels is permitted but should only be carried out by qualified pest control officers. Squirrels can inflict painful bites. Many types of cage traps are available. A period of baiting around the trap to encourage the squirrel to feed near them may be needed before setting bait inside.

Poisonous bait

Poisonous baits may be used in some circumstances but there are strict controls about the type of bait, the amount and its application. Your telephone directory or the internet will list pest control companies that may be able to give you advice or help. In most situations, prevention is the best cure by proofing your home with wire mesh or mortar.

If you would like more information please telephone us on 01329 236100 or e-mail regulatory@fareham.gov.uk.



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