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Squirrels Control FAQ's
Bristol Squirrel Control: Trap, Poison and Exterminate Squirrels in your home and business with your local Rodent Specialists, The Bristol Rat Company.
How Do Squirrels Get Into Your House?
Your roof with its abundance of lovely, warm loft insulation - perfect for nesting - is the primary point of focus and entry for squirrels.
Squirrels climb almost anything they can get their claws into or compress themselves against and around. These additional climbing opportunities include drain pipes, satellite cables, aerial cables, soil stacks and fences together with overhead power and phone lines!
Overhanging tree branches or climbing plants are the most common routes, although walls with highly textures surfaces are also very easy for determined squirrels to climb before entering your loft, attics and crawl spaces through holes in fascia boards, soffit boards and lead flashing.
Properties with existing gaps and holes in and around the roof that the squirrels can quickly enlarge will always be preferable. Homes with undulating tiles with high ridges and bigger gaps for the squirrels to squeeze through seem to be more at risk of infestation.
Properties that are older, also seem to be preferred, for a couple of reasons. Firstly not all loft hatches in older properties are easy to fit through, so the squirrels are rarely disturbed. Secondly, timber is the primary material used for fascia and soffit boards.
Timber is rarely maintained as it should be and rotting wood is easy to chew through.
A good supply of fresh drinking water is another resource that squirrels will value. Gutters that have not been adequately maintained quickly fill with moss and leaves that act as a substrate for plants to grow, trapping water in small pools, ideal for drinking.
Clearly, we are building a picture of bliss for our squirrels: fresh water, easy access, warm roof cavities, and an insulated bed of loft insulation - Perfect!
What Are Squirrel Traps?
Squirrel traps come in a number of forms that include: the cage or the break-neck. The cage trap directly captures the squirrel that then needs to be humanely killed. The break-neck trap does exactly what it says.
The challenge is choosing which is the right option in each situation. The traps don't always deploy as expected, so on the rare occasion a squirrel is trapped by a limb or its tail, it will inevitably suffer, and this cannot always be avoided.
Can You Poison Squirrels?
Only one type of poison exists for legally poisoning squirrels in the UK and is for professional use only.
It's worth noting that poisons can often leave the squirrel dead somewhere inaccessible where it will likely rot and stink. The horrendous smell will often coincide with maggots falling through light fittings and a plague of flies. This is why trapping is a more popular option.
Can You Shoot Squirrels?
The shooting of grey squirrels is something we are equipped to tackle and where required, offer a service that compliments our other methods of control.
Shooting squirrels is a last resort because it is rarely a simple or viable process to ensure this is carried out legally and humanely where the squirrels are within a residential building or public area.
Humane Squirrel Control - The Alternatives
Shooting, trapping and poisoning grey squirrels has its place, but the very best option is to have the roof proofed to ensure that squirrels cannot enter the loft again. This option is far more costly than poison or trapping, but it is a complete solve that will pay for itself over a number of years.
The other point to be aware of is the damage already caused to your belongings, wiring, roofing felt, membrane and insulation. If left unresolved the squirrels can cause you thousands in damage that you will not be insured for.