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Grey Squirrel

The Grey Squirrel was introduced to this country between 1876 and 1929.

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Were do they live ?

Grey Squirrels mainly reside in woodland areas but are a common resident of urban areas were they live in parks and gardens and wherever there are trees and a source of food. Occasionally squirrels   will enter roof spaces of houses and other buildings by climbing the walls or jumping from nearby trees.

Do Squirrels cause harm?

Generally squirrels are not a threat to humans, but the damage caused by them once they have entered a roof space can be expensive to rectify. Squirrels are know to chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wires , they will tear up loft insulation.

Squirrels will also cause considerable damage in gardens as they will feast on strawberries, apples and plums, they will also raid the nests of small birds and they will dig holes in lawns to burry their food.  Squirrels are know for raiding bird tables and bird feeders .

How do I know if I have Squirrels ?

Grey squirrels are mostly active during the daytime. They  do however leave signs to show their presence.

  • Feeding signs  -  pine cones with stripped wings , nuts with gnaw marks.
  • Stripped bark   -  from mainly Sycamore or beech trees.
  • Droppings - they vary in shape and colour depending on the diet, they are spherical similar to those of rats.

How do I get rid of them?

Unfortunately Exeter City Council does not offer a pest control service for the treatment of Squirrels. You can contact a private pest control company who might be able to assist.

Trapping Grey Squirrels is legal but it is illegal to release or allow a captured grey squirrel to escape into the wild.

For further information please visit Forestry Commission - management of grey squirrels


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