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Problems with squirrels in Richmond

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We all love our homes. “There’s no place like home”. Such a true saying. But sometimes uninvited guests arrive and refuse to leave. I’m talking about squirrels, grey squirrels. In Richmond, as with the rest of the country, they are a common pest nowadays. And with all the greenery Richmond has, although it’s a quite busy part of London, there are plenty of grey squirrels around if you keep your eyes open for them.

Sure their cute and furry and fun to watch when there running around the parks looking for nuts to store and jumping around from branch to branch, but what if their a little closer to home, like in your loft. Suddenly they are not so cute are they? Running amok and tearing up anything that you have in your loft. From Christmas decorations to cherished family photos, or memento’s of special occasions and wedding presents, even the kids Christmas prezzies for the coming Xmas. The amount of carnage they can cause is endless.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is also the property damage they can cause sometimes without you noticing. The insulation in your loft doesn’t just keep you warm it helps to keep their nests (dreys) warm. Squirrels will chew practically anything to keep their teeth sharp and down in size. Squirrels, like rats and mice, have ever growing teeth, much the same way that humans have ever growing nails. Because of this it is important to stop their teeth from over growing making the ability eat difficult, eventually leading to starvation. In your loft, as well as all the personal stored items, there are roof beams and electrical cables. The roof beams over a period of time, become weak through their constant gnawing and the chewing of the electrical wiring can lead to fires.

Of coarse there are ways of deterring squirrels from making your attic their home in the first place. Making sure there is no available access by getting any holes in the eaves blocked and repaired, and repairing or replacing any broken and missing roof tiles is always good. But there are other ways into your loft that don’t spring to mind. Holes around vents and pipes it the wall, gaps around the satellite cables that go through the wall. All of these lead in to the insulation in the walls, where the squirrels can the find a way up to the loft.

There are some things you can do in the loft itself also to deter them from settling. Some people have the cables and some rafters lightly coated in chilli pepper paste to stop them from chewing and making it an unpleasant place for a squirrel to settle. If in doubt, or if squirrels are already in your attic, the best thing to do is call in pest control who can help to rid you of the pest and recommend what to do next.

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Bed Bugs in Richmond

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All across the borough of Richmond creepy crawly cockroaches are causing problems for many tenants and businesses. Coming out mainly in the dead of night from nooks and crannies in walls and under floor-boards and kitchen units, they are devouring any food stuffs that they come across and leaving a sickly sweet smell wherever they have crawled. Some tenants have collected them by the bag full to prove to doubting council officials of the size of the problem.

Why here, why Richmond you ask? The answer is actually quite simple, continuous forced cuts in services, from rubbish collection through to general maintenance are fast turning areas into havens for pests like cockroaches. The people who are running our council don’t seem to have a clue what it’s like trying to get the most basic of repairs done to our homes. Not surprising really when the majority of them do not live on estates but own their own large homes in the slightly better looking streets (wonder why that is!) in the borough.

Cockroaches may be one bug problem, but a bigger bug that we currently have to bear is a council so full of cutbacks due to the government and the recession. Despite their best efforts to try and solve the problem with cockroaches, it feels like there just isn’t enough money in the pot to get the job done. One property recently treated for cockroaches had to be evicted of squatters and left empty for two months while the treatment was carried out, the problem was that bad. It had also affected surrounding properties.

Unfortunately squats like this aren’t as uncommon as you might think in Richmond, which just leads to the problem of cockroaches getting worse. Homelessness, drink and drug abuse are some of the reasons for more squats being found in more emptying premises due to the recession.


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