About the Grey Squirrel
Introduced from USA in the 1800s, the Grey Squirrel is an invasive none-native species. It is not a common sight throughout the UK in gardens, parks and forested areas, with an estimated population of 2.5 million
Not to be confused with our native Red Squirrel, which has unfortunately been out competed by their Grey counterparts.
Grey Squirrels have a grey/black body and tail, with sometimes red tones up their flanks.
Known for their ‘scatter hoarder’ behaviour, they store food in numerous small caches for later consumption. They can consume 40-80g per day, including various nuts, berries, tree bark, seeds and fruit.
Why control Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels often enter loft spaces to shelter, causing extensive damage through the chewing to wiring, insulation, plumbing and timber.
Grey squirrels are known to strip bark from tree trunks, killing the tree. They can become a serious problem in forested areas. They can also cause extensive damage to gardens and municipal areas.
Greys have had a significant impact on the native Red Squirrel population, whose numbers now dwarf that of the Greys. Not only do they outcompete the Reds for food and habitat, theyalso transmit the squirrelpox. Greys are immune to this disease; however Reds will often die from it.
We employ various methods of control of Grey squirrel. Trapping is both humane and very effective. We may also use shooting and occasionally poison bait where appropriate. After a full survey, our technician would select the appropriate action, being mindful of any non target species in the area, and also minimising any environmental impact.