Squirrels

Squirrels

Squirrels are an increasingly common urban pest. Although commonly found outdoors in wooded areas, trees and bushes, they can and do on a number of occasions, take up residence in homes across the UK. They will seek shelter and warmth during the winter months in lofts and roof spaces. At JWL Pest Control, we have extensive experience providing squirrel removal services in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Facts
Despite the famous flying squirrels namesake, they do not have wings
Common Name(s)
Grey Squirrel, Red Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel and Ground Squirrel
Colour
Grey / Brown / Black / Chestnut
No. Of Legs
4
Does It Have Wings?
No

Signs of Squirrel Infestation

It is a misconception that squirrels stick to the great outdoors. Once they are in your home they can be very noisy in both their movements and the calling sounds they make to one another. Squirrel infestations are usually identified by scratching noises, calling sounds and finding droppings in and around areas that the squirrels are inhibiting.

The Threat They Pose

Squirrels can cause a serious amount of damage to your property by eating through various materials around the area where they have decided to nest – once in your home a single squirrel can do a lot of financial damage – chewing through electrical wiring and telephone cables not to mention the health risks with the transfer of diseases and bacteria which they carry. The problem of squirrels entering homes is becoming more frequent in Scotland due to freezing winter temperatures and the general cold seasons we encounter.

squirrel removal

These pests should only be dealt with by specialist controllers like us. JWL Pest Control is experienced the handling, codes of practice and laws involved with Squirrel removal in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Do not attempt to deal with an infestation of squirrels on your own.

Red Squirrels vs. Grey Squirrels

There are two main species of Squirrel in the UK, The more common ‘Grey’ and the increasingly less common ‘Red’ The Grey Squirrel is larger in size with grey fur and white elements on its underside, they tend to breed during December into January and again in the months of May to June. The females of the grey species generally reproduce two times per year giving birth to one to five per litter. The average life span of a grey squirrel is four to six years for the females and two to three for the males. These animals are very versatile and can adapt to a wide range of environments and conditions.

The grey squirrel prefers woodland around urban areas with gardens and parks – they are tame to some degree in relation to people, due to being around us more than their red counterparts. It is worth noting that it is a criminal offense to re release a grey squirrel back into the wild after being captured. The Red Squirrel in spite of of its name can be found with black, chestnut and light brown fur and white undersides. They are distinctive due to their fluffy tails and larger ears, they tend to mate between January to March and again during the summer months of June and July – producing two litters with three to four young per time. Red squirrels can live up to six years in the wild; they prefer woodland and forests as opposed to urban gardens and parks, if food is in plentiful supply. They hunt during the day for seeds, flowers, fruit and caterpillars. Red squirrels are a protected species under the ‘Wildlife and Conservation Act 1981’.

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