As cold weather approaches, we should be aware that wild animals may search for warmth and sustenance in 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 practical steps to encourage that animal to move on.

To that end, Animal Aid has produced a series of free fact sheets to help local residents deter squirrels and rodents from their homes, as well as foxes, moles and birds from their gardens.

The factsheets can be ordered free of charge from or by calling 01732 364546 – please state if there is a specific species you require information about.

Kate Fowler
Animal Aid,