Squirrel Pest Control London - Apest

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Types of Pest - The Grey Squirrel

(Sciuris carolinensis)

Description of Appearance

  • Head and body length: 25-26.5cm
  • Weight (adult): about 500gm
  • Tail length: around 22cm
  • Grey fur with large bushy tails which they arch over their back

Lifecycle

  • Breeds around February/march and occasionally again in June/July time.
  • They can have 1 - 3 litters a year and around 1 - 7 young per litter.
  • The gestation periods last around 45 days, weaned after 8 - 10 weeks
  • Capable of breeding at around 7 months but on average this takes place at around 10 - 12 months
  • In the wild less than 1% lives for more than 6 years but have they have been known to live to 8 or 9 years

Habits & Behaviour

  • Common in deciduous and mixed woodlands, they are also found in hedgerows, banking, gardens, trees and farms
  • Dreys (nests) are compact and sphere-shaped. 30-60cm in diameter and surrounded by twigs, dry leaves and grass inside
  • Squirrels feed on acorns, tree shoots, flowers, nuts, fruits, roots and cereals. Food is eaten at ground level
  • Their range covers 2-10 hectares and they bury spare food 2-5cm below the soil or in tree hollows
  • They are diurnal, active before sunrise and after sunset. The peak of activity is in the autumn

Important

  • Squirrels can nest in Lofts, wall cavities, and the void in-between false walls
  • By gnawing they can damage tree bark and the fabric of buildings
  • Grey squirrels are widespread and not protected in the UK

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