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.
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
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
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
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