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Red Squirrel Habitat and Distribution

Due to the increase in distribution of the introduced grey squirrel, the native red squirrels range has been seriously reduced.  It is now isolated to the highlands of Scotland, Northumberland and the Lake District.

It can also be found in smaller pockets throughout England and Wales. Habitats include coniferous and deciduous woodlands especially in upland and remote areas.  Control of grey squirrels is very important where reds are resident as the non-­native grey squirrel can outcompete and also spreads disease to the less resilient red squirrel.

Species Identification

The red is smaller than grey with a length of 20cm to the base of the tail and an 18cm bushy tail. It has a reddish/brown coat and also has distinguishable ear tufts on the top of the ears which the grey squirrel lacks.  The only species that could be confused with the Red Squirrel is the non-­native Grey Squirrel.

The Red Squirrel is a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Plan and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.   The Red Squirrel cannot therefore be harmed in anyway

Our Technicians are highly trained to RSPH level 2 as a minimum.  We are constantly striving to become the best in our field of expertise keeping up-to-date with all current training and legislation. We specialize in many areas of pest control, having unique insight into how certain species will react to a set of circumstances. This means that we can often find an alternative method to eliminate any pest problems on your premises.

Our team of Technicians will always get back to you within 24 hours. We understand the distress pests can cause as well as the financial damage they can cause on business premises. We will do our utmost to keep this to a minimum.

Eliminate strive for the highest standards of health and safety and as such is a safe contractor. We have our own Health and Safety policy and are CHAS certified.

A full risk assessment will be carried out on your premises before we begin any work.  The Risk Assessment and Method Statement will be provided with a copy of Insurance, relevant Training Certificates and a COSHH Report before treatments or proofing start on site.


Fast, friendly, professional and efficient! Wasps were gone from our loft in a couple of days. Distance no object (all the way to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire). Fully recommend Ian and his team.

Debbie Cheyne

We had a problem with a squirrel trying to take over a stable block. Called Eliminate who provided a great service – turned up on time, no fuss and got the job done.

Michelle Coyle

Fast, professional and none of the usual nonsense you seem to get so often from contractors. 150 year old house with a resident rodent issue quickly resolved – won’t hesitate to call back when I want the 17 wasps’ nests taken out of the loft.

Tony Knoble

I would highly recommend Ian at Eliminate he helped me get rid of some wasps causing me grief at home. Very helpful and easy to deal with.

Robert Kirk

Thanks for your services in getting rid of these pesky wasps. Your staff were very professional and polite at all times.They were there within an hour of me phoning you. Excellent service.

Graeme Fross