Pest Control News

Friday, 29 March 2019

Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels

With Spring just around the corner, grey squirrels are looking for food sources. You may see more of them around in the next few months. Here is some information about grey squirrels and some tips on how you can avoid some of the problems they can cause. 

Grey squirrels can cause large amounts of damage to your home and their environment. They can be more problematic in the spring and autumn due to them foraging for food. They are larger than the red squirrel and are more aggressive in nature. Grey squirrels are not actually native to the UK and they carry diseases which kill off our red squirrel population, this is why red squirrels are now protected. 

As their name suggests, they are grey in colour with bushy tails. They like to nest in holes in trees. They cause great damage to the trees as they strip off bark which in turn weakens and eventually kills the tree. If they have the opportunity, a cosy loft space also makes a great nesting location. 

They are most active in the early hours of the morning, so if you do have an infestation in your attic or roof then you will most certainly hear them scratching around. They are well known for being very noisy, and at that time of the morning your sleep will most likely be disturbed! 

They cause considerable damage to the home by tearing up house insulation, chewing on woodwork, making holes in vents and contaminating water tanks with droppings, to name a few.  They will also dig holes in the garden to bury their food. Interestingly, they are actually pretty good swimmers and are able to hang upside down like bats. 

Food they like to eat include nuts and fruit, so they are very attracted to bird feeders. They have also been known to scrounge for food in birds nests, eating their eggs.

Some tips on how to deal with grey squirrels-

·     Seal off any potential entry points to your home, like vents, gaps in fencing and shed doors, fix any broken roof tiles
·     Trim any trees that hang over or close to your roof-they can use these to gain easy access to your attic space especially if you have any broken roof tiles
·     Remove bird feeders from your garden- these are very attractive to squirrels as a food source
·     If you see large numbers of grey squirrels around your property, it may be the case that they are nesting close by or even in your home. 

If you think you may have a grey squirrel pest problem, please give us a call, we can help!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Slug Removal Remedies

Slugs are not only unsightly, but they can cause havoc in your garden. Once the rain comes, you may see an abundance of slugs. This is due to the wet conditions they prefer. In order to combat slugs, there are a number of options. Of course you can buy slug pellets, a tried and proven remedy to get rid of these pests. However, if you are looking for more natural remedies then we have you covered there too! Below we have some tips to naturally eliminate your slug problem. 

  • Slugs love beer

Well who doesn’t? On a serious note though, they are attracted to the beer. Best thing to do is place a small tin or glass of beer in the ground. The slugs will consume the beer and in doing so will fall in and drown. 

  • Egg Shells and Nut Shells

An alternative method to get rid of slugs is using crushed egg shells or nut shells. It is suggested that the sharp edges of these shells will deter slugs as they would hurt themselves trying to get over them. So scattering these shells around your plants should build a good defence shield. 

  • Petroleum Jelly

Like using egg or nut shells, petroleum jelly or Vaseline can work wonders in protecting your plants. Slugs are not fans of petroleum jelly and will not cross it. Plants = safe. 

  • Seaweed

Seaweed has many good uses, both in the sea and on land. Adding seaweed, either fresh or powdered is not only a great addition to your soil due to the nutrients it can offer but it is a natural slug repellent. Mixing it with your soil when planting can help keep those slugs away. 

  • Natural Predators 

There are of course many natural predators to slugs too. These may not be a danger to your plants, so allowing the following predators in your garden may not be a bad idea. Hedgehogs, birds, frogs and ground beetles will feed on slugs. 

Although slugs are not a pest that we treat traditionally, we thought it would be helpful to offer some advice on how you can make your garden thrive by dealing with these pests!
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