Cute ro­dents glis glis are a real pest

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

WITH re­gards to your ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing glis glis in the Buck­ing­hamshire Ad­ver­tiser (‘Is there a glis glis in your at­tic?’ Thurs­day, Septem­ber 11) my ex­pe­ri­ence is as fol­lows.

I live in Ley Hill, Che­sham, and reg­u­larly catch up to 20 of th­ese pests a year and have done so for ap­prox­i­mately the last 20 years.

I have caught them mainly in the loft space us­ing a hu­mane trap. How­ever, my tol­er­ance of th­ese crea­tures fi­nally reached its limit this year when I dis­cov­ered that two of them had de­cided to en­ter the air­ing cup­board by bur­row­ing un­der the 10 inches of in­su­la­tion be­tween the joists in the loft space and en­ter­ing the air­ing cup­board via the small gaps around the wa­ter pipes.

They left their drop­pings among all of the spare blan­kets, sheets and tow­els etc which are stored in the air­ing cup­board and th­ese ar­ti­cles had to be washed, ex­cept for some which were se­verely stained and had to be thrown away.

I also caught th­ese two glis glis by us­ing a hu­mane trap and then filled in the gaps around the wa­ter pipes with pipe in­su­la­tion ma­te­rial and co­pi­ous amounts of gaffer tape.

I have now re­sorted to pur­chas­ing an elec­tronic rat trap and have so far despatched about 10 glis glis over the last month.

Although th­ese pests in­deed are very pretty and look ex­tremely cute, (un­like other ro­dents), they are a real pest.

We are lucky so far in that our elec­tri­cal ca­bles are un­af­fected, how­ever they are ex­tremely noisy and leave their drop­ping all over the loft space and its con­tents.

My wife and I have spo­ken to many pest con­trol com­pa­nies and none of them are pre­pared to guar­an­tee that they could find the point of en­trance to our loft or to per­ma­nently erad­i­cate them and the cost to catch and dis­pose of them on a con­tin­u­ing ba­sis is pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive.

As it is against the law to let the glis glis loose in the coun­try­side be­cause they are con­sid­ered to be a non-na­tive species I will con­tinue to kill them us­ing my elec­tronic rat trap.

As a point of in­ter­est, if you need to dis­tin­guish be­tween an in­fes­ta­tion of glis glis and other ro­dents such as squir­rels, rats etc, leave an ap­ple in the area of in­fes­ta­tion.

If the prob­lem is glis glis they will eat the flesh of the ap­ple but not the ap­ple skin.

How­ever if it is a squir­rel or a rat they will both eat the whole ap­ple.

What with glis glis and munt­jac deer, which are rife in our area, Baron Roth­schild has a lot to an­swer for.

TONY SPRAKE

Ley Hill

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