We usually find the squirrels to be cute nut eater, but grey squirrels have actually been called one of the worst invasive species on the planet.
There are some facts which give the statistics about the damage caused by these pests, like one errant squirrel caused about $300,000 (£179,000) in damage to an eastern Indiana community center when the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system.
According to Level 3 Communications, which maintains an 84,000-mile fiber network, the cute rodents do 17 percent of the damage to their fiber-optic network.
Many other such incidences were noted as:
Squirrel causes power outage, class cancellation at UofM
Friday, October 6th 2017, 7:20 pm IST Saturday, October 7th 2017, 3:50 am IST
By WMCActionNews5.com Staff
At 8:44 a.m. Friday, the President of the University of Memphis canceled classes due to a power outage on campus.
A substation outage initially knocked out power to nearly 11,000 customers, including the University of Memphis campus.
Power was quickly restored to campus and surrounding areas, but classes remained canceled for the remainder of the day.
Reportedly our students have a squirrel to thank for a Friday off from classes. He was chewing on a cable in an MLGW substation. May he RIP.
Grey squirrels ‘greatest threat to health of broad-leaved trees’
9 March 2017, Gavin McEwan, By Horticulture Week.
Controlling grey squirrel numbers using oral contraceptives is essential for the future of Britain’s broad-leaved tree populations, according to the Royal Forestry Society (RFS).
It has warned that current populations of grey squirrel “are reaching proportions which threaten the survival of some of our most loved species of trees”.
It says the contraceptive, still under development, offers “a very real opportunity to reverse the tide of damage”, but that government and forestry sector must commit to fund the five-year research programme required.
The cost of tree damage by grey squirrels has been put at £14 million a year. Currently, woodland owners can only trap and shoot the pest, methods which are not always wholly effective.
Squirrel ‘threat’ to critical infrastructure
17 January 2017, Technology, By BBC news.
The real threat to global critical infrastructure is not enemy states or organisations but squirrels, according to one security expert.
Cris Thomas has been tracking power cuts caused by animals since 2013.
Squirrels, birds, rats and snakes have been responsible for more than 1,700 power cuts affecting nearly 5 million people, he told a security conference.
He explained that by tracking these issues, he was seeking to dispel the hype around cyber-attacks.
His Cyber Squirrel 1 project was set up to counteract what he called the “ludicrousness of cyber-war claims by people at high levels in government and industry”, he told the audience at the Shmoocon security conference in Washington.
Squirrels topped the list with 879 “attacks“, followed by: birds – 434, snakes – 83, raccoons – 72, rats – 36, martens – 22, frogs – three.
Why these pests cause such damage??
Let’s get known to the cause:
Grey squirrels are part of the Sciuridae family of mammals, closely related to chipmunks, prairie dogs, and woodchucks. This squirrels as the name suggest typically has a grey coat with a white underside. It is up to 30 cm long with a bushy tail as long as the body.
What do grey squirrels eat?
Well, Grey squirrels just happen to eat a lot of things. These grey squirrels have a natural appetite for many native fruits, flowers, veggies, fungi, nuts tree, plants etc. At extreme times they feed on insects, small rodents, bird eggs, and nestlings.
Having availability of food for grey squirrels then why do they eat wires and cable?
Grey squirrels and actually all the rodents get attracted to polymer-based products like wires, cables, pipes, etc. The polymer-based products attract these pests due to the bright colors, aromatic odor, and smooth texture.
Grey squirrels gnaw these products to sharpen their continuously growing two pairs of incisors. The incisors, combined with the rodents’ powerful jaw muscles allow them to chew through anything, even concrete! Squirrels have jaw strength of about 22,000 pounds per sq. inch.
Grey squirrels also gnaw on the barks of trees when they need additional calcium. Adult female need calcium during lactation and juvenile squirrels are going through their main period of bone growth, both of which likely represent a requirement of calcium. Honeylocust trees are a frequent target, possibly because of their sweet sap, although many different species can be attacked.
Many ineffective pest control methods are used against the grey squirrels. Mechanical traps are used which stop working once a mechanical error occurs. Glue boards are dangerous, especially when children and pets are around. Pest baits and fumigation are more dangerous to humans than the pests. When these methods have proved to be ineffective, why to rely on them?!
Is there any method used to prevent the products from the attacks of squirrels?
C Tech Corporation has a solution to prevent the nuisance caused by grey squirrels!
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The product triggers a fear response in rodents thus protecting the application. It causes severe temporary distress to the mucous membrane of the rodents due to which the pest stays away from the application. The product triggers an unpleasant reaction in case if the pest tries to gnaw away the application. After encountering the above-mentioned emotions, the animal instinctively perceives it with something it should stay away from and stores this information for future reference. The fact that certain rodents are repelled is mimicked by other rodents as well. Thus, the other rodents too stay away from the applications. The unpleasant experience is imprinted within the animal’s memory and passed on to its progeny.
Our product CombirepelTM is available in three forms viz. masterbatch, Liquid Concentrate, and lacquer.
CombirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in the polymer-based applications while processing them. The polymer applications like wires, cables, pipes, etc. can be manufactured by using our masterbatch additive.
The masterbatch additive gives you a long-term protection against grey squirrels.
CombirepelTM Liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in proper proportion and cover the entire area of pest infestation by paints.
CombirepelTM available in lacquer form can be directly used as a topical coating over the application.
The trees and other installed applications can be coated by our topical solutions to repel the grey squirrels successfully.
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