Squirrel!

how to deal with a squirrel in my loft?

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10/04/2013 at 17:44

I have a grey squirrel in my loft. I went up the other day and noticed some droppings and a nest made of chewed-up Scalextric cars. Left my old laptop up there with a webcam program running on it and got a picture of the furry little bastard.

What's the best way to deal with it? I'm considering sending the cat up there to sort it out, but I'm not sure how successful that would be and I'm worried she might catch fleas or other parasites.

I've read that if you use live traps it's illegal to release grey squirrels once you've caught them. Apparently you're meant to "dispatch" them with a blow to the head? Not too keen on doing that, so I'm wondering what the alternatives are.

cougie    pirate
10/04/2013 at 17:45
Chase it out and change your locks ?
10/04/2013 at 17:46

local council pest control will remove it

failing that a shotgun

Pudge    pirate
10/04/2013 at 17:49
Of all the things to be found in the average loft, it chose to make a nest out of chewed up scalextric cars?

Doesn't sound like it should be too hard to outwit this particular rodent!
kittenkat    pirate
10/04/2013 at 18:06

Awwww cute, keep it as a pet and dress it up in tiny clothes. Or borrow my dog.

10/04/2013 at 18:11

Barbeque or pate

10/04/2013 at 18:12

This reminds me of the time I was bitten by a squirrel. And of the time a squirrel fell out of a tree during a parkrun and landed on my friend's foot. Happy times.

10/04/2013 at 18:28
I caught a mouse in a glue trap once. I found it stuck and squealing in the trap. I felt it's bones crunch under my foot as I crushed it. Happy times.
Pudge    pirate
10/04/2013 at 18:30
Delightful.
10/04/2013 at 18:31

Pinch it's nuts.

10/04/2013 at 18:33
Moral of the story is you catch the buggers to kill them. If you take them out into the field they just come back wandering home. Basically you've taken them out for a jolly.
10/04/2013 at 18:34

Airgun at least a 2.2 mm. Head shot only.

10/04/2013 at 18:41

Ah, but SR(NLR), I once caught a mouse in a humane trap, took it some way away to a park, set it free, and as it sniffed the gentle air of freedom, a bird came down and grabbed it with both talons. Moral? Birds are bastards.

M...eldy    pirate
10/04/2013 at 18:52

Make sure it is a squirrel and not a gliss gliss .... they are protected  

10/04/2013 at 19:03

gliss gliss AKA the Edible Dormouse. A class animal.

10/04/2013 at 19:05
M...eldy wrote (see)

Make sure it is a squirrel and not a gliss gliss .... they are protected  

So if it has a couple of Minders, it's a gliss gliss.  otherwise it's a squirrel.

 

10/04/2013 at 19:12
fat buddha wrote (see)

local council pest control will remove it

failing that a shotgun

My local council were not interested in dealing with squirrels.  

I got a pest control bloke in, who trapped them and took them away.  I didn't ask what he did with them.

Then things got worse, and the rats evicted the squirrels.  Be grateful you've only got squirrels.

M...eldy    pirate
10/04/2013 at 19:29

Tenjiso - precisely ... if its guarded by a couple of hamsters in shades then look out 

10/04/2013 at 19:35
Surely every mouse is edible?
cougie    pirate
10/04/2013 at 19:57
I'm not coming round to tea at yours then.
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