• Squirrel Control Canterbury

  • Squirrels like humans enjoy warm and secure places to call home. Sometimes squirrels find these places in human environments. Its quite often now that you may hear noises in your loft or chimney space which will be a result of a squirrel nesting. For nature lovers this isn’t an issue until the squirrel’s chew through piping or cables and causing you a utility nightmare at home. Squirrels have incisor teeth that are constantly growing and therefore have to maintain them at a comfortable length. They do this by chewing objects to grind their teeth down causing plenty of damage. There have been cases where squirrels have started to chew through structural timbers affecting the roofs structural integrity.

  • Squirrel control in the home environment can be reduced by blocking any likely access points to your premises. Squirrels are intelligent so this must be done properly and thoroughly. Using steel mesh or any building materials try and make good of the entry point in which the squirrels are entering your property. It is usually soffit or roof vents that have allowed access. There are one-way squirrel exclusion doors available which will deter the squirrel from entering your property. It is important that you clean and disinfect any squirrel left overs once you have removed the pest.

  • Squirrels in the attic or loft that need removing before they cause any damage?

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  • Why would you want to remove a squirrel from your attic? Many don’t notice the scurrying noises that squirrels create nor will you see the damage being done to your loft space. Squirrels love insulation as it keeps them warm and the soft layers make for a lovely squirrel nest. As the squirrels breed damage can become far more evident so it is best to control your squirrel infestation before it gets out of control.

    Squirrels also make homes in chimneys. Odour deterrents in chimney spaces are far more effective in squirrel control due to the enclosed nature of the stack. Do not make the mistake of thinking that a fire will flush the squirrel out. You will cook them alive and will be left with a nasty smell for your troubles.

    Squirrels will eventually leave on their own depending on the situation. If a female squirrel is present with her young, then she may leave after 3 months but will be back to have her next litter as she knows of the safe environment you are providing.

    Using the squirrels acute sense of smell against itself is the best form of squirrel repellent. There are humane squirrel repellents on the market that will temporarily help with your pest problem. Unfortunately, this will have a very short term effect as one rainfall will wash away of all your hard work.

     There are many “home made” recipes that people have had success with. The most popular recipe is to get some hot chilli’s and condense them down in to a thick paste. Mixing this paste with vodka and then leaving over night creates what is effectively Squirrel pepper spray. Take this liquid and spray plants, bird feeders and possible entrance points and look forward to squirrel free days. Make sure you are wearing gloves and do not itch any inconspicuous areas during application.. Ouch! 

    The most humane method in squirrel control would be to catch the offending squirrel and release it where it cannot do no harm. Unfortunately, live squirrel trapping and relocation is illegal in the UK. It is also important to consider the follow on effect to the squirrel in question as a new area and territory may mean the squirrel will struggle to establish itself in the ecosystem. Considering these implications, it may in fact mean that catch and release is less humane than other viable options.

    The killing of problem squirrels should only be contemplated when all alternative means have proven ineffective or impractical. If this is the case the process should be carried out legally and in a manner that is most humanely possible.