Grey Squirrels Control in Edinburgh
Grey squirrels are commonly seen as more of a nuisance rather than a serious health hazard. However, unbeknown to many people is that these fluffy tailed creatures carry harmful bacteria, enabling the spread of disease and illness. A recent study by the University of Glasgow, concluded that the Grey Squirrel carries the Borrelia bacteria, which causes Lyme disease in humans when transmitted through fleas and ticks. Our experienced pest control team cover areas throughout Edinburgh and are happy to advise the most practical methods of squirrel control in a humane, effective way.
Grey Squirrels Control FAQ
Grey squirrels are becoming increasingly common as a household pest. In the past, they were an exclusive asset to wealthy estates and holdings. Today, these animals may look cute and friendly, but carry an array of health risks to humans and in some cases, they have even been known to attack people. Other problems homeowners face when it comes to grey squirrels, is the construction of these creatures’ nests on the property. Usually, squirrels will make their nest underneath solar panels and attic eaves. This causes significant damage to the panels as well as the general structure of the building.
As we previously mentioned, grey squirrels have been known to carry the Borrelia bacteria. If a human is bitten by a tick carrying these bacteria, they will likely contract Lyme Disease. This disease is a form of arthritis, transmitted by ticks. People who spend a large amount of time in the countryside, along with farmers, hikers and campers face a greater risk of being bitten by a tick. Early signs and symptoms of the disease include fever, chills, high temperature, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. Much similar to the symptoms of the common cold and flu. However, in over 80% of cases, a rash is one of the first symptoms present. If you believe to have been bitten by a tick, seek medical attention urgently. The effects of Lyme disease are reversible through the use of antibiotics if detected early.
A squirrel infestation is relatively easy to detect. You may hear scratching and crawling around within attics or beneath floor boards. Squirrels, when compared to other rodents are relatively clean animals in terms of mess and filth. However, they are messy eaters and will scatter food debris throughout your home. You may locate food ruminants and chew marks around the property, particularly on walls, attic floors and wooden furniture. As they tend to leave their nests to feed, you may observe the squirrel leaving and entering your property through cavities or slipped roof tiles. If you notice a squirrel entering your property, the first thing you should do is search your attic for a possible nest.
Once the squirrel gains entry to your property and begins constructing a nest, it can be very difficult to remove. The squirrel will identify the property as its own, becoming extremely stubborn and protective over the home. Once inside, the squirrel may begin to gnaw and chew at electrical cables, insulation and structural aspects of the building. The reason for their consistent chewing is due to their teeth growing and changing regularly, so they need to keep them filed down. This can lead to serious damage of the property and will increase the risk of fires and total destruction. Unlike pigeons and birds, squirrels are not deterred by loud noises or flashing lights and will likely stand their ground to cling on to their possession.
What should I do if I find a squirrel nest in my property?
The first thing you should do after locating a squirrel nest is to contact our team of trained experts. We will aim to be with you as soon as possible after reporting your concerns with a member of staff. Our highly experienced technicians will visit your property and identify the species of squirrel, along with the extent of the infestation. It is a criminal offence to inhumanely kill, harm or injure a squirrel under the Animal Welfare Act, therefore you should always consult the opinion of a trained expert. You will put yourself at risk of tick bites leading to the spreading of diseases if you attempt to eradicate or relocate the squirrels yourself.
There are a number of preventative actions you can take, to reduce the chances of a further invasion, after our technicians have carried out the initial pest control procedures. If you have trees on your property, you may wish to trim back tree limbs within 2-3 meters of the roof to your home. This will prevent squirrels from using these branches as access to your attic and loft spaces. Another effective measure is by waiting for the squirrel to go outside during their feeding time, and simply blocking and obstructing any entry ways. They will be unable to return to their nest and will have no choice but to source a new one. Please be aware to check the attic before obstructing the squirrel’s access as you may unknowingly trap one inside. Our specialist team will be happy to advise the best methods of squirrel pest control and prevention, to suit your individual circumstances. We can also recommend fitting squirrel proofing systems to prevent further invasions.