Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrel Control in Hastings

Many people’s impression of the Grey Squirrel is of a fluffy, friendly and cute part of the British countryside. Anyone who has had a squirrel in the loft will understand that they are in fact a significant pest that needs to be controlled.

Signs of Presence

The Grey Squirrel is active during the daytime and when seen can be easily identified but they also leave a number of signs indicating their presence.

Drays or Dens– both used for shelter and breeding, the Dray is a collection of twigs and leaves in the fork of tree branches. Dens are of similar design but contained within hollows of tree trunks (or your loft)

Droppings – these vary in shape and size depending on the Squirrel’s diet, but may be spherical like Rabbit droppings or more elongated like Rat’s droppings

Damage & Noise– often the first sign of a Squirrel in the loft is the noise of movement or gnawing. External damage to soffits, fascias, lead flashing or dislodged tiles are all signs that there may be a Squirrel making a Den in the loft.

 Removal of Squirrels in Hastings

It is important to take action quickly, as rodents they will gnaw on timber, lead, plastic pipe, roof felt and even electrical cables. The damage that can be caused even in a relatively short time can be serious.

Holmes Pest Control will take prompt effctive action to capture and remove a Squirrel in the loft whereever you are in Kent or Sussex. Once captured and removed we can carry out repairs and proofing measures to prevent future access. (It is our policy not to use any form of poison when controlling Grey Squirrels)

Please call to arrange a site visit.

It is important to note that under current legislation Grey Squirrels once captured cannot be relocated or released in to the wild (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) and that Grey Squirrels may not be kept in Captivity without a Licence issued by MAFF/WOAD (Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932)