An omnivorous rodent that can measure up to 18inches in length (including tail), is generally salt and pepper coloured, grizzled with tan hairs and a white belly.
The grey squirrel is non-native to the UK, having been introduced from America in the late nineteenth century. It feeds on seeds, nuts, insects, bird eggs and today many human foods that are discarded, and store food away in the autumn ready for the winter. The average lifespan of a squirrel is 8-9 years.
If a grey squirrel decides to make a home in a loft/attic it can cause damage to cables and timber etc, but this is not a common occurrence.
Breeding takes place in December to February and again in March to May. Gestation is typically around 6-7 weeks. On average two litters are produced each year of between 1-8 young.
Apart from damage to cables and structural timbers in lofts/attics, the grey squirrel has a nasty habit of removing bark from trees which is a major threat to forestry land.
This really is a job for the professional, as once caught, grey squirrels must be disposed of humanely. There are traps available for the novice squirrel catcher - but remember, if you catch one and can’t bring yourself to kill it, it is an offence to release it back into the countryside.
Eradication starts with a thorough survey to check the size of the problem. Traps and/or bait, will will then be laid in the best locations.
The most common and successful methods of control are trapping and/or baiting. Traps must be used in accordance with statutory guidelines and trapped animals must be disposed of humanely. Your pest control operator will remove trapped or dead animals on his next visit. They will be removed from your property and disposed of in a suitable location and in a manner laid down by government legislation.