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We Specialise in
Grey Squirrel removal

Rodents can cause extensive damage to your home and are a serious risk to your health. ASW Pest Control offers extermination with a 100% satisfaction. We can also provide external and internal proofing to prevent your rodent problem returning.

Information

(Scuirus Carolinensis)

The grey squirrel, despite being widespread across the majority of
mainland Britain, is not a native species of the UK.

As a result of this, they are one of the listed animals covered under The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019, part of this order makes it an offence to release grey squirrels into the wild, a point worth noting for anybody wishing to live trap a squirrel as any captured animals must be dispatched humanely.

Grey squirrels can cause significant damage to trees by stripping bark, wild song birds as they are known nest robbers of eggs as well as young chicks to eat and domestic and commercial properties by stripping insulation from wiring, tearing up fibreglass insulation to make dreys and some have been known to drown in cold water tanks.

Along with the damage they cause, grey squirrels are also known carriers of squirrel pox. 

Appearance

  • Characteristic long bushy tail
  • Thick grey coat with a white underside during winter, getting shorter, sleeker and brownish grey above during the summer
  • A reasonably large animal circa. 25-26.5cm head and body length, tail approx. 22cm long

Habits

  • Often seen running and jumping through treetops through winter
  • Regular visitors to bird feeders exploiting free easy food
  • Daytime rodents active from just before sunrise and bedding down well before sunset

Life Cycle

  • Average breeding age of 10-12 month, some able to breed from 6-7 months
  • Two breeding seasons per year, February/March and June/July
  • Litters of 1-7 young with an average of 3 per season
  • Weaned from 8-10 weeks old
  • Average lifespan of (Females) around 5 years and (Males) 2-3 years

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