Grey Squirrels are an invasive species and they are controlled as they potentially cause damage to your home, business and health.
They destroy UK forests and impact on our native wildlife, in particular the red squirrel.
Grey squirrels can cause damage when they enter roof spaces of houses and buildings. For example, they can:
Gnaw on woodwork and ceilings
Strip insulation from electrical wires
Tear up fibreglass insulation
Contaminate cold water tanks and attic space with urine and droppings.
People also report sleep issues due to the loud noises they make at night while they’re scuttling around your attic.
Squirrels are most active before sunrise, especially in winter. Their peak activity is activity is four-five hours before daybreak.
Treatment of grey squirrels is by trapping, because they are an invasive pest species, it is against the law to re-release a grey squirrel if it’s been caught alive, per the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.