Squirrels are a joy to behold when they are in the “Right Place”! However, once in the roof space of your business or home, this cute little creature can turn your world upside down. The damage they can do in roof spaces often runs into thousands of pounds and we have witnessed entire wiring systems rendered lethal and plastic water piping destroyed, causing the collapse of ceilings and substantial water damage. It is also worth noting the often hidden exclusion clause in your building and contents insurance that specifically excludes pest damage.
Any unusual noises or disturbance in a loft space should be thoroughly investigated. It could be due to a trapped bird or mice or rats may have found their way there. It could also be squirrels, especially if tree branches overhang the roof and provide easy access. Squirrels don’t hibernate in winter but they do become less active and will look for somewhere warm, dry and quiet for the cold months and beyond. A little used space such as a loft is an ideal environment in which to build a nest and start breeding – insulation material is even ideal for nest building.