Gray Squirrels

Squirrel Pest Control in Oxford

Oxfordshire pest control are experts at the eradication of squirrels on your property. Grey squirrels Sciurus carolinensis are invasive pests, not native to the UK. 

They were  introduced to the UK from North America in the 1870’s. This practice continued until the 1930’s, when the damage they were causing was finally acknowledged and it became illegal to release grey squirrels into the wild.

Grey squirrels could cause devastating damage when they enter roof spaces they can:

  • Gnaw on woodwork and ceilings
  • Strip insulation from electrical wires
  • Tear up fibreglass insulation
  • Contaminate cold water tanks and attic space with urine and droppings.

People report problems sleeping due to the loud noises they make at night. Squirrels are most active before sunrise, especially in winter. Their peak activity is four-five hours before daybreak.

Grey squirrels will eat acorns, hazel nuts, sweet chestnuts, pine nuts, walnuts, berries, fungi, grains, vegetables, buds and shoots, bark and peanuts from bird feeders. If this is not available they will look for insects, small rodents and bird eggs to eat.

You could do a lot of the proofing to stop squirrels entering your property, DIY squirrel control is unlikely to be affective – and could potentially be very dangerous and illegal, as you must know the legislation around the control of squirrels.

Traps are available online, however not every rodent trap is authorised to control squirrels. All Grey squirrels you catch alive will have to be killed, as per the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Traps should not  be used without adequate training.

There are no amateur use products for poisoning squirrels available to the public. Pest professionals do have access to legally authorised grey squirrel poisons (Warfarin only) that are only for use inside buildings.

Things you can do:

  • Trim tree branches that overhang your roof
  • Rove anything stacked up against the side of your building
  • Seal all entry points (proofing).
  • Oxfordshire pest control technicians are all trained and qualified to deal with your squirrel infestation in the best possible way.

All the methods used by Oxfordshire pest control will comply with the industry standards. We will ensure that all non-target species are unaffected by our treatments, this includes your pets.

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