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Grey squirrels

Grey squirrels are not native to the UK and are responsible for the decline in native red squirrels.

As well as causing physical damage, squirrels can cause contamination and noise complaints.

If you have a grey squirrel problem

We recommend that you have a professional treatment carried out. 

The price for residential pest control is £110.70.

Business prices start from £192.50.

Book an appointment

Alternatively, you can call us on 0191 433 7000 to arrange treatment. Our customer service line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

What happens at your appointment

On our first visit, the pest control officer will do some routine checks of the premise to identify where the squirrels are. This is usually a loft.

After this, the officer will lay a trap. They will then give you some advice on how to prevent the problem, which may include making repairs.

Finally, they will then arrange a follow-up appointment for later that day so they can check the trap and whether they have solved the pest problem.

The pest control officer may need to visit several times a day to make sure the pests are gone.


We don't recommend that you use DIY treatment as it can be dangerous to the environment, yourself, children and pets.

How to prevent a grey squirrel problem

The best way to get prevent grey squirrels is to make sure they have no access to your home, in particular your loft. Therefore, it's best to make repairs or proofing to stop them gaining access.


  • cut back trees and branches
  • trim dense ivy
  • block entry points


  • feed squirrels
  • use DIY treatments

Why squirrels are a problem

Grey squirrels cause damage when they enter buildings and known for chewing on woodwork and ceilings. They also strip insulation from electrical wires, which can damage them and cause other risks.

As they are active at night, people also complain about the amount of the noise they make as they scurry around.

They also spread disease and contaminate water tanks with their urine and droppings.

For businesses, squirrel problems can harm reputation and can lead to investigation if the proper procedures are not in place to ensure premises are pest free.