Advice on wild animals in your home

Squirrel in a garden.
Squirrel in a garden.
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As cold weather approaches, we should be aware that wild animals may search for warmth and sustenance within our homes. And, if they can get easy access and find sufficient food for the winter months, who could blame them?

Animal Aid would encourage people who do find a squirrel in their attic or a mouse in their kitchen not to panic and call in “pest” controllers. The traps and poisons they use can cause prolonged agony to animals and do nothing to solve the underlying reasons why that animal moved in.

Instead, we ask people who have an unwanted houseguest to take a few practical steps to encourage that animal to move on. To that end, Animal Aid has produced free fact sheets to help people deter birds, squirrels, foxes and rodents.

We also have a free report entitled Alternatives to Culling, which looks at the issues in greater detail. Please contact info@animalaid.org.uk or call 01732 364546 .

Kate Fowler

Animal Aid