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Problems Associated with Grey Squirrels

Grey squirrels frequently become a nuisance in urban areas after they come into dwellings looking for somewhere to hibernate or have their young. This can often cause serious issues within the building itself as they very often damage electrical cables as well as water tanks and the fabric of the building itself.

Another problem that is becoming more common is the grey squirrel building its nest (Drey) under solar panels causing significant damage to the panels themselves as well as the fabric of the building.

Habitat and Distribution

The grey squirrel has been in the UK since the 1800’s and can be found in almost every environment including cities as there are easy food sources and habitats that can be exploited. Anywhere that has a close proximity to trees can hold a sustainable habitat, in towns and cities they frequently live in parks and gardens, often moving into attics! They are highly adaptable creatures and this has enabled them to colonise the majority of the UK.

Grey Squirrel Control

Eliminate Limited can control grey squirrels in a number of legal ways and our technicians will be happy to advise the best method for the situation that the offending grey squirrel is in.  In addition Eliminate Limited. can also provide squirrel proofing to the building in a number of ways where squirrels are a problem.

It is an offence under the Countryside Act 1981 to release or allow escape of a grey squirrel. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 all trapped animals must be dispatched humanely.

Species Identification

The grey squirrel is considerably larger than the red squirrel weighing at around 500g with a length of 25 – 26.5cm to the base of the tail. The tail is large approximately 22cm long and is bushy in appearance. The grey squirrel’s fur is grey in appearance. The only species the grey squirrel can be easily confused with in the UK is the highly PROTECTED red squirrel.