Grey squirrels Sciurus carolinensis are invasive pests, not native to the UK.
Many people view Squirrels as cute and harmless, but there are several reasons they are controlled in the UK.
- Danger to health, damage to buildings, and business
- The impact on native wildlife, especially the red Squirrel
- The damage they do to the forests in the UK.
Bromley Pest Control only take action against squirrels with regards to Danger to health and damage to buildings.
- Squirrels can damage buildings by chewing the fascia’s /roofline to access the loft area.
- They chew on rafters and other structural timbers.
- Their chewing can often strip the insulation off of electrical cables leaving live wiring in the loft
- They rip up loft insulation to create nests which destroys the effectiveness of the insulation
- They defecate and urinate over everything in the loft
Because grey squirrels 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.
Bromley Pest Control would survey the area affected and either seal up the access point so they cannot get back in (if its a viable option) or trap the squirrels and then seal up the access points.