Grey Squirrels can be surprisingly big and weigh up to 600 grams.
Females produce a litter of usually three young in the spring or late summer sometimes both. Gestation takes a period of 42 – 45 days. The young are weaned after about 10 weeks and are independent at 16 weeks. They live in nests called dreys, usually in forks of trees made up of twigs and leaves, sometimes they make their dreys in peoples lofts, using insulation to build a nest.
Greys feed on tree shoots, acorns, nuts, fruits, roots, cereals and sometimes on bird eggs. They bury any unwanted food below the soil and sometimes in the thatch of roofs ! Together with their ability to eat acorns and also feed at ground level they are more adaptable than Red squirrels and are now wide spread across the U.K.
Squirrels do not carry any diseases that effect Humans. They can be very destructive to trees and are a serious pest in forestry areas and to ornamental garden trees.
To domestic householders if they gain access to a roof space they can cause serious damage to cables, insulation and the structure of fascias, soffits and other roof structures. We have dealt with instances of them actually digging through a plasterboard ceiling.
Firstly try to see if you can tell where they are getting in, if they are using a branch over hanging the house you may be able to just cut the branch off and solve the problem that way.
If this type of prevention is not possible the best course of action is to call a professional. Give us a call and we can discuss the various options open to you.
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