The most common squirrel within the UK is the North American Grey Squirrel (Scirus carolinensis) which were introduced to about 30 sites within England and Wales between 1876 and 1929 to control the Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). At the time the Grey Squirrel population was kept under control by the gamekeepers. Unfortunately war meant that the gamekeepers were needed elsewhere and the Grey population grew out of control.
Today the Red Squirrel population has fallen to such low numbers that they are protected and are only really found in Scotland, Northumbria and the Isle of Wight.
Red Squirrel (protected)
Squirrels love to build their drey (nests) in attics and lofts of domestic and commercial buildings. These attics offer a warm dry quiet area to raise their young. Far from being cute animals they cause damage to buildings, gardens and agriculture as well as being noisy. One of the more serious problems they cause relates to their gnawing everything in sight. Whilst it’s necessary to control their tooth growth it causing considerable damage to property and even fires when electric cables are involved.
Due to their habits an integrated solution is required so it is necessary to try and directly control the pest as well as make changes to the property to prevent them returning.
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