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Stevenage, Hertfordshire


FurBeGone Pest Control offer Squirrel Pest Control and Removal plus advice on deterring future squirrel infestations. We offer 24 hour pest control covering Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and surrounding villages. We will always assess the infestation and make suggestions for the appropriate treatment to ensure the safe removal on the squirrels.

The History of Squirrels

Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are invasive pests and not native to the UK. They were first introduced to the UK in the 1870’s from North America.

Introductions of grey squirrels continued until the 1930’s, when it became illegal to release grey squirrels into the wild.

Problems Caused by Squirrels

Grey squirrels are found in Hertfordshire and are well known as a destructive pest, frequently entering roof spaces. When they get inside a property they will chew woodwork, strip away insulation from electrical wiring, damage water pipes and contaminate water tanks with urine or droppings. 

If left untreated, squirrels can be responsible for thousands of pounds worth of damage to your property.

Identifying Signs of a Squirrel Problem

The first sign of a squirrel in your loft space would usually be noise. They are very loud, and you will usually hear squirrels before you see them or see signs of damage. They are most active in the very early hours before sunrise, so you may be woken by their banging or scratching sounds.

It is vital to contact us as soon as you suspect you have a squirrel infestation as they can cause damage very quickly.

Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Newborn Squirrel
Newborn Squirrel

How Squirrels Get Into Your Home

Although they look big, Squirrels are capable of squeezing through small holes or gaps, usually around facias or roof tiles. 

Squirrels are also great climbers and jumpers therefore can access roof spaces easily.

Treating a Squirrel Infestation

The main method of treatment for Squirrels in your home are spring traps. Unfortunately, humane methods of trapping squirrels and returning them to the wild do not work as they will always return to their nest once released.

We may also use poison if this can be placed inside a building in a location inaccessible to you or your pets. If poison is used, we will need to find and remove the body as this will cause a bad smell and attract more unwanted pests.

If you or the pest controller sees damage to electrical cables, a qualified electrician will need to be contacted to assess and repair the damage.

If you have any questions or are worried you may have a squirrel infestation, please contact us for advice or to arrange a visit.

Young Grey Squirrel
Young Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel Scavenging for Food
Grey Squirrel Scavenging for Food

Frequently asked Squirrel Pest Control Questions

Why are Squirrels a Problem?

Squirrels can cause problems because they continually need to chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. They chew electrical wires, often stripping the coating and causing a risk of fire and they may also chew through wood and destroy your loft insulation.

Why do Squirrels Want to Come into my Loft?

Squirrels are looking for a warm, safe place to nest and breed. Your loft provides everything they need. Your fluffy loft insulation provides the perfect material for bedding and they will pull it up to build their drey.

How Will I Know If I Have a Squirrels in my Loft?

Squirrels are loud! You will hear them running around and scratching. They tend to be most active during the early hours of the morning or later in the evening. If you suspect you have a squirrel in your loft, contact pest control immediately.

Squirrel on roof - pest
Squirrel trap - pest control
Squirrel hiding - pest control stevenage

How Do Squirrels Get into My Loft?

If you have trees growing close to your property, they may be able to jump onto your roof. Squirrels are good climbers and can jump at least 8 feet from tree to tree. They may also access from roof space to roof space in terraced properties.

How can I get rid of Squirrels in my loft?

It is not advisable to try to remove squirrels from your loft without the help of pest control. They can become very aggressive when threatened. Do not try to scare them off and block their access as they will return and create a new entry point.

Can I Kill Squirrels in my loft?

It is illegal to use poison to kill squirrels as it is in-humane. If you catch a grey squirrel, it is illegal to release it into the wild. If you have a squirrel in your loft please contact pest control to ensure it is removed safely and humanely.

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