Problem grey squirrels are found all across the UK and are the most widespread species of squirrels. They commonly mate from December to January and have an average lifespan of one year though some are known to live for over eight years. Grey squirrels will take whatever food they can get as they are known to be opportunistic feeders. They love feeding on walnuts, acorns along with bird seed and fruits. Bird eggs, mushrooms, and other crops can also be their source of food.
If these squirrels infest your property, the odors and noise they bring along can become irritating. The blockages where these rodents nest can create the danger of a fire outbreak. When they gnaw through electrical conductors, there is always the imminent threat of fault currents which may cause blackouts or short circuit current that may damage your electrical appliances. They will also destroy your vegetable gardens by feeding on fruits and seeds that have been planted afresh.
Grey squirrels are known to potentially carry many diseases including Rabies which severely damages the human nervous system, Cat scratch fever which affects the lymph nodes and typhus which is a condition that causes delirium and various rashes.
During their mating season, you will hear chucking noises as they chase one another. Another sign that squirrels have infested your property is the presence of droppings found in the entrance and exit of your house such as doors and windows.
If there are members of your family that love feeding squirrels, advise them to cease as these rodents may be expecting free food. Getting rid of and controlling food sources like food for your pet and bird seed will greatly assist in getting rid of these rodents.
Protecting your garden with electric fences, wire or conventional fences will deter them from accessing the food in your vegetable garden.
Close all the openings that may serve as entry points for these rodents such as foundation gaps and chimneys and also ensure that none of their young ones are present in your property.
Traps can also be put in place to catch these rodents. If this menace continues, you may want to seek the help of a pest control professional to give you further instructions.