Squirrel Control in Birmingham
While many might see squirrels to be cute, fluffy creatures that nest above our treetops, they can cause a bit of a nuisance in and around our properties.
Both the red and grey squirrel are solitary for the vast majority of their lives. However, they have been known to display certain social traits, such as communal nesting – especially during the winter and spring – and even some grey squirrels are known to share nests with others. Both species make their homes in forested regions away from the noisy city life. However, some grey squirrels have adapted to the noise of city life and can occasionally be found nesting within the trees of cities and parks. If a tree is not available, squirrels will have no problem nesting in nearby sheds, garages, parking lots and other areas where they’re able to safely construct and secure their nest.
Interestingly, like rats, squirrel’s incisors never stop growing. This helps them maintain a diet fixated on hard nuts, seeds and fruit. Additionally, when squirrels are faced with hunger, they will have no problem switching their diet quite radically to insects, eggs and even snakes! They also make up one of the rodent family’s longest life spans – a remarkable 20 years!
What damage do squirrels do?
While their actions aren’t as invasive as insects such as wasps or ants, squirrels become and annoyance once they start building their nests in and around your properties. Once it has selected your property to build its home, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of it.
Squirrels are remarkably stubborn when it comes to protecting and maintaining their nests. They don’t really have any immediate predators, they do not fear scarecrows, flashing lights or loud noises. They cause even more trouble when they gnaw through cables, insulation in houses, framework and other wooden parts of your property.
If you’re wondering why you’re face the occasional blackout, you may have the grey squirrels to thank for that! Due to their teeth growing constantly, they’re always looking for things to grind them down on and more often than not, these are cables. They’re also keen on jumping directly onto power lines, which again causes blackouts. Additionally, grey squirrels can cause structural damage to buildings.
However, despite being one of the cleaner rodents, they are messy eaters. Their scattering of food leads more rodents such as rats and mice to collect the debris, sparking further rodent infestations.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
The type of treatment to get rid of your squirrel(s) will depend on where your squirrel is nesting and what they’re doing that poses a threat or concern to your property.
There are several species of squirrel, but tree squirrels are the the most common nuisance for homeowners because they inhabit attics and cause damage. Squirrels are typically discovered because they make a lot of noise in the area they inhabit.
Squirrels are abundant in the wild because their numbers far exceed the number of predators. The large population and decreasing natural habitat due to construction in many areas causes them to seek shelter in houses. The cool months of fall and winter cause squirrels to seek the warmth that is found in attics.
Squirrels in the attic
Solution: The most effective way to get rid of squirrels from your attic is to trap it – human traps can be bought anywhere online. The reason for trapping is so that you can relocate the squirrel 4-5 miles from your property. It’s important you drive as far away as possible, otherwise they’ll have no trouble finding their way back to their nest. If you do trap it but don’t have the ability to move it very far, simply seal up any entry points and release the squirrel as fa away as you can. This way, if it does try and get back to its nest, it won’t be able to because they won’t find a way in.
Squirrels in your garage
Solution: Squirrels will seek-out shelter in garages, sheds and any areas where they deem quiet and safe enough to build their nests. The best way to stop squirrels from nesting is to trim any nearby tree branches that overhang across your garage. This will stop access via trees. Removing anything that squirrels could use to climb up the wall (stacked firewood, bins etc). Cracks and fissures in your walls must be sealed tight to stop access and to ensure squirrels aren’t able to use them as footholds.
Common squirrel solutions:
While there are tailor-made ways to remove squirrels from certain areas, these points below are worth remembering!
- Remove any food you have lying around: bird seed is a classic mistake to make, as squirrels love nuts and seeds.
- Guards for your gutter are great ways t stop squirrels entering through roof tops and fascia boards.
- There are no poison squirrel baits, so even if you did want to kill one, you couldn’t!
- Seek-out a trusted pest control company if you cannot deal with the squirrel yourself.
So, if you’re looking to remove squirrels from your property and you don’t want to get involved, why not get in touch via our contact form? Our team are always on-hand to help, no matter how big or small your squirrel problem is!