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Please note that the Council run Pest Control service came to an end on Friday 3rd August 2018. We are currently looking into alternative arrangements to provide this service in the future.

Pest Control - Squirrels

Note: We do not offer a service to deal with squirrels, this page is to offer advice and information only

About squirrels

The grey squirrel was introduced from North America during the last century.

They are now a common sight in parks and gardens, usually building their nests (drays) in forks of trees and tree hollows and sometimes in lofts where access is available. 

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Problems squirrels might cause

Squirrels can be a nuisance in the garden, disturbing plants and eating bird food, the major concern is when they enter roof spaces of buildings.

Once inside they can cause serious dam­age, chewing timber, electric wiring, water pipes and may con­taminate water storage.

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Control methods

Proofing is probably the most effective method of dealing with squirrels in roof spaces.

The expense can be justified when offset against the potential damage.

All holes or entrances should be blocked with strong mortar or wire mesh wedged tightly into the holes. This work should make the roof space as secure as possible, you will still need adequate ventilation to the roof space after the proofing has been carried out.

Attempts may be made by squirrels to re-enter the roof space by chewing through the proofing materials, do not under estimate the sharp teeth of squirrels.

Trapping, poisoning, or shooting are options but to comply with legal requirements its recommended this is carried out by a professional. Their phone numbers may be found in local telephone directories or on the internet.

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