Maggots dropping out of the loft hatch – it’s not what you want when you’ve just moved into a lovely new house in Watford, is it? Not surprisingly, the homeowner was straight on the phone to us – and we were straight over to her.
She explained that she realised she had a squirrel problem after spotting the critters entering the roof space just above the gutter on several occasions. Thinking that she was doing the right thing, she’d called in a roofer, who’d promptly blocked up the entry point.
I feared the worst. Dressed in a yellow bio-hazard suit and with my face protected by a respirator mask I climbed the ladder into the loft. It wasn’t pleasant. I found four squirrels, all in various stages of decomposition after being trapped inside the loft. From the look of one of them – and the rat poison the previous owner had left out as DIY pest control – it was clear the squirrels had been a long-term problem.
No wonder fly larvae were coming through the loft hatch. You definitely don’t want squirrels in your home. Extremely agile creatures, they can vault brickwork, scale downpipes and squeeze through even the smallest of gaps. They’ve got powerful jaws, too, and can cause serious damage to electrical wires and cabling. If you suspect squirrels have moved in, always call a pest control expert so they can get rid of them in a safe and humane way.
Back up the loft, I set about removing the squirrels, poison and larvae. Once everything was clear, I then used a fogger – a machine that turns liquid insecticide into a mist – throughout the loft space.
The mist gets blown to the top of the loft space and as it falls droplets of insecticide cover ever surface in the loft. An extremely effective treatment, the residue lasts for two weeks or more and kills the larvae as well as any flies that emerge from their cocoons.
As you can imagine the loft space was quite a mess. As part of the job, we removed the soiled insulation, disinfected the loft and lay new insulation. Then we left the homeowner to relax and enjoy her squirrel-free house.
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