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It is important to remember that whilst some see grey squirrels as vermin, others do not. Some welcome them as a natural part of the habitat and put food out for them. Management of grey squirrels should be undertaken sympathetically without drawing attention to it.

  • the Elgeeco Live Catch Trap can be secured to a tree or fence in an upright position and it has a retreat box available that allows the caught squirrel to hide is so it is not stressed too much.
  • all live catch traps need baiting with maize, wheat, peanuts or sunflower seeds.
  • prebait the traps for a few days to get the squirrels feeding and confident before setting the trap.
  • traps must be visited at least once, preferably twice a day. Trapped squirrels should be run out into a sack, manoeuvred into the corner of the sack and killed by a sharp blow to the head.
  • under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Grey Squirrels if caught live, may not be released back into the wild
  • In a domestic situation we prefer the Kania 2000 because it is a very powerful and effective trap that can be used off the ground in a position that only a squirrel is going to be able to access. They are expensive, but one trap will last a lifetime and you can be confident in it's ability to kill humanely time after time. Lethal traps must not be used where red squirrels may be present.
  • Description

    Grey squirrels are not native to Britain, they were introduced from USA/Canada between 1876 and 1930.

  • probably our best known and most recognised urban mamma
    Grey Squirrel Control
  • winter coat is grey above with a white underside; the summer coat is sleeker and brownish grey
  • they live for 5-7 years
  • they weigh 450-650gramms
  • their body is 24-26cm long plus 22cm of tail
  • their bodies are adapted for climbing and jumping with sharp claws for gripping and a long bushy tail for balance
  • Red squirrels are smaller, lighter, have ear tufts, more prominent in winter. They have red/brown upper parts in summer but may show some grey in winter which can lead to confusion

  • Lifecycle

  • gestation is 44 days
  • young are called kittens
  • generally two litters per year of between 3 and 7 kittens. The first is in February/March, the second June/July
  • they leave their nest (drey) after about 7 weeks
  • Habitat

  • Grey Squirrels are woodland animals preferring to live and nest in high trees.
  • They prefer deciduous woodland to coniferous woodland
  • they construct nests called 'dreys' high up in the tree canopy, made from twigs and leaves
  • they also construct dens in tree hollows
  • in recent times they have taken to living in the lofts of houses - perhaps because of increasing competition for suitable nest spaces
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