Squirrel removal & control services
Squirrels are a slightly different form of nuisance, as they are animals, not insects, and so they have a ‘cute appeal’ that means many find it difficult to see them as pests in need of controlling. Whilst they may appear soft, fluffy and harmless, like rats, the common grey squirrel is host to a variety of nasty diseases, and were more or less single-handedly responsible for wiping out the much-loved British red squirrel species.
Squirrels like to nest in loft spaces, tearing at loft insulation and running around to find materials to build warm nests; in addition to the serious noise pollution they will cause in your property, squirrels are extremely territorial, so when they build their in your loft, this can present a real problem, as they will lose their cuteness and become extremely aggressive - even more so if they have baby squirrels. Blocking off their access points - usually about the size of a tennis ball - often doesn’t work as, again like rats, they can chew through and scratch at almost anything (including soft metals, tiles, joists and hard wood) to re-gain entry, making them a real nuisance and very difficult to get rid of.
This is one pest where professional help is absolutely essential. If you notice noises, damage to your loft insulation, or droppings - these are larger and more rounded than rat droppings, approx 8-12mm - that you suspect have been caused by squirrels, don’t try and catch them and release them outside - this is actually illegal in the UK - give us a call. We will use traps and poisons to humanely exterminate all squirrels nesting in your property, and then effectively block off their access points so that you won’t be targeted again.
In loft settings, droppings are common. Rat droppings are larger and more rounded than squirrel droppings. 8-12mm in diameter, with rounded rather than sharp edges.
They employ loft insulation or similar materials as nesting materials. You might notice a pile of shredded loft insulation or a squirrel in your attic space. You may even detect them going into your fascia boards and creating a hole the size of a tennis ball in your fascia boards.
Grey squirrels living in a loft space can generate a lot of noise. It's frequently described as "a bunch of them enjoying a party up there." Squirrels will constantly scurry around the loft looking for nesting materials, and when there is nowhere else to look, they will break through to other sections, generating a lot of noise!
Damage – these animals are extremely powerful, with sharp teeth and claws. They can eat soft metals, hard wood, and a variety of other things found in lofts and on roofs. Squirrel activity frequently damages fascia boards, tiles, insulation materials, and joists.
Squirrels are renowned for having the power to seriously harm homes. They are able to eat through the majority of the insulation and cables in your home. Squirrel infestations occur most frequently in the attic of homes in London, although the hairy rodents can also be found hiding anywhere else.
For your house in London, Panther Pest Control offers complete squirrel control and proofing. The specialists employ squirrel pest control techniques that guarantee complete removal and humane handling of the cuddly rodents.
There are a number of indicators that a rodent is present in your home. Although there are a few minor variances, they mirror those of other rodents like rats and mice. The loud noises and scratching, which frequently occurs in the attic, are typically the first signs of squirrel activity.
Squirrels make scratching noises during the day. If the issue is a rat or mouse, you wouldn't hear the scratching during the day because they are most active at night.
Noticing entryways in your home. They can be made of metal or wood. They are able to eat through the metal in your house. For a squirrel to enter your home, just a tiny access hole will do.
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