Shield Pest Control UK

Grey Squirrel


A common pest problem is when squirrels get into the loft space of a building, as they can cause structural damage particularly to loft insulation, timbers, pipework and any stored items. This in turn can pose a significant fire hazard when insulation on electrical wiring is stripped. Squirrels may be noisy, and are often known to drown in uncovered water storage tanks, which may contaminate the water supply.

Squirrel Prevention & Control

For squirrels, prevention is certainly better than cure, but as they only need a hole the size of the squirrel’s head to gain access to a building, prevention can be challenging. If squirrels have actually been seen entering a property their access points will be clear, but otherwise narrowing down their routes can be difficult. Stuffing a piece of newspaper into a suspected access hole will be easily removed by a squirrel, and this will reveal that the hole is in use.

The RSPCA advice recommend strong wire mesh size no larger than 25mm to block access holes to squirrels, as well as repairing slipped slates, rotten soffits or missing bricks.

Once squirrels have gained entry, it is paramount that there are no squirrels remaining in the loft before access is blocked. Decomposing squirrels may also cause a terrible smell and lead to insect infestation. It is important to take care and make noise to frighten a squirrel before entering the loft, as they can attack when startled or defending their young.

If there are young squirrels present, it is important to leave enough time until they are old enough to leave the nest. Repair work can then be carried out while the family is out foraging.

Squirrel problems in the garden are much less dangerous but can still be annoying. There are many squirrel-proof feeders available, which prevent squirrels from raiding the bird feeder, while some bird seed supplements contain pepper additives that are harmless but unappealing to squirrels.

You may want to think about protecting bulbs with wire mesh or by staking an inverted wire basket into the ground, so plants can grow up through the mesh but cannot be unearthed by squirrels, cats or many other creatures.

How to get rid of problem squirrels

If the preventative methods outlined above are not working, lethal control of squirrels is permitted. Please note; this should only ever be carried out by a qualified professional pest control team, so please contact us for pest control advice.

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Outstanding Reputation

We are proud to have a long-standing reputation for providing the best possible service and solution for all pest problems. This includes Rodent pest control, Bird proofing, Flying and Crawling Insects, Pharaoh’s Ants and other more exotic pests. (See Pest Control Services)

Efficient Solutions

All of our team of Pest Control technicians are trained to the highest standards. Our team very experienced and have been security cleared for Government buildings, Royal Households and other high profile and ‘sensitive’ buildings.

Safety Conscious

As employers we ensure all our employees comply with the Health & Safety Act 1974, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH), and the Food and Environment protection Act 1985 (FEPA). Of utmost importance for our pest control is the was the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, which benefits users to comply with instructions in the statutory box, to achieve secure and efficient pest control solutions.

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