Grey Squirrels
Nick Silvester

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The Grey Squirrel

The Grey Squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis) is not native to the UK and was in fact brought over from North America by the rich and wealthy and kept as domestic pets and eventually introduced into the wild, nobody can be certain exactly when this happened, but estimations are between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, efforts were made to prevent the Grey Squirrel from spreading, but this has only had a temporary effect on numbers so that the Grey Squirrel now occupies most of mainland England and Wales.

Breeding

The Grey Squirrel does not hibernate and has two breeding seasons per year, the first being between February and March, the second between June and July.  The litter size averages around three.  The litter’s young are sexually mature after about 8-10 months.  With a life span of around 8 to 9 years in the wild, Grey Squirrel populations can become quite large and in some circumstances have had a detrimental effect on other wild life and trees.

Damage

Squirrels are classed as rodents meaning their incisors (front teeth) continuously grow thus providing the need to gnaw objects to keep their teeth short and sharp.  Its this necessity that can quite often lead to the damage of property.  Indeed, Grey Squirrels in a loft space can be bad news as electrical wiring can some times be the target of this behavior.

Control

There are a number of ways to control Grey Squirrels, trapping, shooting and the use of warfarin (anti-coagulant) but environmental considerations have to be made before the correct method of control can be chosen.

If your having problems with Grey Squirrels at you commercial or industrial premises give us a call on 01630 652958.

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