Suffolk Wildlife Services

Wildlife Management & Pest Control - Suffolk, South Norfolk, North Essex and North West Cambridgeshire

We have been controlling and managing wildlife for over 35 years

Tel: 01449 523024 or 01473 845108 Mob: 07598 269176

  • 0 Thermal Squirrel Control

    5.00 of 4 votes

    In recent years modern technology has been helping the squirrel controller in the form of thermal spotters and scopes, there is no hiding place with the exception of a hole in the tree to escape the thermal signature of the warm-bodied squirrel. You don't need a thermal scope as once the squirrel has been spotted using a Pulsar XQ38 LRF or similar a traditional day scope is perfect but if you are using a thermal scope and I use a pulsar XM50 Thermion the job is made slightly easier. If you are suffering with an over abundance of squirrels please get in touch.

  • 0 Is a squirrel infestation really that bad?

    5.00 of 9 votes

    Scratching noises in your loft or attic? Evidence of droppings? An increased presence of squirrels in the garden? Your house may be home to a squirrel infestation. Although squirrels may look cute and seem harmless, they can cause considerable damage to your home. Squirrel infestations are often found in loft spaces. They are very noisy therefore their presence is unlikely to go unnoticed. When squirrels enter a loft space, they cause structural damage by tearing up loft insulation for bedding. They pose a fire hazard by stripping insulation from electrical wiring or chewing through cabling. In some cases, squirrels can also get trapped in uncovered water storage tanks and drown, which will then contaminate your entire water supply, sometimes for months, until discovered. For these reasons, it is important to keep squirrels out of your loft and deal with an infestation as soon as possible.  In the UK, if a grey squirrel is caught, it is an offence to release them back into the wild. Moreover, squirrels can also become aggressive if they feel threatened, so if you catch a squirrel, or think you have a squirrel infestation, contact a professional pest control company rather than trying to deal with the issue yourself. Prevention Bird feeding can be a food source for squirrels – invest in squirrel-proof bird feeders. Keep gardens clean and tidy – this removes potential nesting sites. Keep food stored in air-tight containers. This includes pet food – if stored outside, make sure it kept in sealed containers stored above the ground. Block up any holes. For many properties (particularly, flats and terraced houses) it is worth investing in professional proofing. If you encounter evidence of squirrels, call a reputable pest control company. Signs of a squirrel infestation: Evidence of droppings The smell of urine or areas which are stained and could be attributed to urine. Evidence of gnawing or nesting Scratching noises – squirrels and rats will mostly nest in the loft/attic areas and use cavities for movement in and around the house. Increased presence/number of squirrels in your garden.   What to do if you think you have a squirrel infestation: If you think you may have an infestation or would like some advice, call us on 07598 269176 or email us at info@suffolkwildlifeservices.co.uk.

  • 0 Grey Squirrels

    5.00 of 29 votes

      When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of an acrobatic animal on our bird feeders and running around our parks and gardens. Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people. There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them. In other cases people are unknowingly increasing the population of squirrels by feeding birds. Bird food is a great source of high protein food, not only for birds, but also for squirrels, rats and mice. Concentrations of these pests can have a devastating effect on local insects , other rodents and mammals as well as newts, slow worms, frogs and toads. The more food in a squirrels territory the smaller the territory will have to be thus allowing the population density to increase. Squirrels will also eat baby birds and birds eggs, so by having bird feeders that squirrels can access, can encourage squirrels into gardens and allow them to easily reach and kill birds that people are trying to protect. Most of the calls we get within our catchment area Suffolk, South Norfolk, North Essex and North West Cambridgeshire are for problems with squirrels entering roof spaces but can also be very damaging in gardens. A male squirrel will have several dreys within its territory and a loft space is often treated as one of these and may only be visited every now and then which can make treatment difficult. In warm weather squirrel families are unlikely to visit lofts as the temperature may be too high. Lofts are often favoured for giving birth, especially for the first litter of the year when the temperature is still quite cold. Squirrel Suffolk Wildlife Services use a combination of traps as Squirrels can be fussy feeders, particularly if they have access to a bird feeder full of peanuts and bird seed. The reason for this is that they can be fussy feeders, especially if they have access to peanuts, sunflower seeds and bird seed. To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at SUFFOLK WILDLIFE SERVICES: 01449 523024 or 01473 845108 Mob: 07598 269176