Cute rodents glis glis are a real pest
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.