When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of an acrobatic animal on our bird feeders and running around our parks and gardens.
Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people.
There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them. In other cases people are unknowingly increasing the population of squirrels by feeding birds.
Bird food is a great source of high protein food, not only for birds, but also for squirrels, rats and mice. Concentrations of these pests can have a devastating effect on local insects , other rodents and mammals as well as newts, slow worms, frogs and toads. The more food in a squirrels territory the smaller the territory will have to be thus allowing the population density to increase.
Squirrels will also eat baby birds and birds eggs, so by having bird feeders that squirrels can access, can encourage squirrels into gardens and allow them to easily reach and kill birds that people are trying to protect.
Most of the calls we get within our catchment area Suffolk, South Norfolk, North Essex and North West Cambridgeshire are for problems with squirrels entering roof spaces but can also be very damaging in gardens.
A male squirrel will have several dreys within its territory and a loft space is often treated as one of these and may only be visited every now and then which can make treatment difficult. In warm weather squirrel families are unlikely to visit lofts as the temperature may be too high. Lofts are often favoured for giving birth, especially for the first litter of the year when the temperature is still quite cold.
Squirrel Suffolk Wildlife Services use a combination of traps as Squirrels can be fussy feeders, particularly if they have access to a bird feeder full of peanuts and bird seed. The reason for this is that they can be fussy feeders, especially if they have access to peanuts, sunflower seeds and bird seed.
To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at SUFFOLK WILDLIFE SERVICES: 01449 523024 or 01473 845108 Mob: 07598 269176