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Squirrels in Barking lofts

Grey squirrels look cute from a distance. Fast and funny as they jump from branch to branch, dart along the grass and scamper along the fence. But what do they do when there out of sight?

How often do you go in your loft? Two, maybe three times a year, mainly to get the xmas decorations? Would you know if you had squirrels in your loft? You probably wouldn’t know until you went to get the xmas decorations from last year. That could be a whole eleven months without visiting your loft.

If this is the case, squirrels could have been visiting your loft and causing lots of damage. In Barking squirrels are most likely to cause problems when they gain access to roof spaces via faults in buildings, loose roof tiles and holes in the eaves are most common. Once they have gained access squirrels can cause damage to roof timbers, electrical wiring and plumbing not to mention those Christmas decorations. Many of the things you have in your loft can be used for nesting materials. The chewing through roof timbers and wiring is down to the need for them to gnaw at hard materials.

Problems can also be caused to gardens and allotments as grey squirrels will take the fruit and vegetables. Squirrels eat an amazing variety of food including tree bark, buds, flowers, nuts and fruit from many different types of shrubs and trees. Although the grey squirrel is a pretty, appealing and entertaining little animal, it can be a great nuisance in a garden too, especially to bird lovers as they are very bold and quickly learn how to get the food from bird tables and chew through wire of hanging feeders. It can also destroy birds nests to eat their eggs.

 

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The increase of Barkings cockroaches

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We find many pests disgusting German cockroaches are just one of them. When you find evidence of them anywhere, the first thought is probably yuck, why do I have them? Fact is many premises in Barking are seeing an increase in cockroaches

German cockroaches increasing in Barking can be easily accounted for. Due to the high volume in goods deliveries locally and from abroad, it is very easy for them to get around. They are also a problem in high rise residential tower blocks and hostels due to its ability to travel between rooms and floors looking for new harbourages.

Although German cockroaches are thought to be a hygiene associated problem, this is not always the case. Providing there is a food supply and water close by, a warm, dark moist environment to live in, they will populate pretty much anywhere. Due to the need for a constant food and water supply, kitchens are a very popular residence for cockroaches, especially German cockroaches. This is due to the cracks and crevices, loose tiles, ill fitting cupboards and worktops, appliances and the warmth generated from ovens, fridge motors and hot water piping.

German cockroaches are light tan to dark brown in colour with adults usually being ½ to 1 inch long. The German cockroach can be easily identified by its brown colouring and distinctive twin brown stripes running just behind the back of the head. The young look a lot like the adult German cockroach just a lot smaller in size and much lighter in colour.

The German cockroach has always been a very fast spreading, resilient species and infestations do not take long to happen. The adult female German cockroach carries egg cases that can carry up to 48 eggs. These egg cases look almost rectangular in shape with all the corners rounded making them look oval like. The cases are light tan in colour and are usually less than quarter of an inch long. The egg cases are carried protruding from the abdomen of the female until they are ready to hatch, approximately four weeks, when they are dropped. When ready to hatch, the female releases the egg case in to a small crack or crevice where it is moist and warm and close to food and water. Each female can produce between four and eight egg cases in their lifetime, at approximately six weekly intervals.

Because they are mainly a night time creature, looking for food and looking to mate, if they are seen during daylight hours this could indicate a larger infestation.

As German cockroaches reproduce in such large numbers, the first female egg case that is laid and hatched can have up to ten thousand descendants from that first female in just one year. That’s a lot of cockroaches from just one female. Just imagine half of each egg case are females, that could be up to 24 females per case, every six weeks and ready to lay new egg cases in just four weeks, infestations don‘t take long to appear.

 

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