Maidenhead Pest Control for Glis glis eradication throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire What is the Glis glis and why is it called the edible dormouse? The edible dormouse or; usually known by its Latin name the Glis glis, is a small nocturnal rodent that looks like a small squirrel. It has large dark eyes and very small ears just like a mouse with similar fur colouring to that of a squirrel, just like the North American grey squirrel it has a slender tail that's covered in thick fur. Glis glis are members of the dormouse family and are primarily herbivorous feeding on seeds, nuts, tree bark and flowers. Being nocturnal the edible dormouse will spend daylight hours holed up in a dark cavity like an old birds' nest, sometimes a group of dormouse mothers will creche their young together in a communal nest, allowing them to go off and feed. During the night is the time that dormice become most active and they will climb trees and walls foraging for food, Glis glis are extremely good climbers and even secrete a sticky substance from glands on their feet to help them climb up smooth surfaces. Dormice communicate with one another by emitting a series of high pitched squeaks and through the use of scent marking, the squeaks are audible to humans and can cause disturbed sleep for householders when dormice have taken up residence in the loft. Glis glis aren't considered to be social animals and females stake out a territory in which to live and rear their young, males roam through an unspecific area searching for the females. When two males meet there is such a degree of ani-mouse-ity that they will fight and possibly even kill each other. Glis glis are especially active during the summer when they're fattening up ready for hibernation; this is usually from October through to May. Although considered a pest by many, there are conservation programs to encourage the species. Conflict comes about when Glis glis take up residence in the loft of a domestic property, like all rodents, dormice gnaw constantly and can chew through electrical cables causing thousands of pounds of damage and raising the risk of an electrical fire. Dormouse reproduction is finely tuned to the availability of food; a plentiful supply of beech seeds will see the females come into oestrus and mate, they usually give birth to between 4 and 5 young and occasionally in a good year they can stretch this into double figures. These animals have a long life span and can live for as long as 12 years in the wild.
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Where do edible dormice come from?
The dormice were originally part of a menagerie of animals kept in a private nature reserve in Tring, Buckinghamshire. These were released in 1902 and have slowly travelled out from that area and now live in beech woodland throughout the Chilterns (North Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire).
It is estimated that there are around 30,000 glis glis living in a 200 square mile area but given their habit for hibernating in lofts, unsuspecting removal men regularly move these animals all over the country; there are small populations of Glis glis now living in both the North West and the South West of England.
The origin of the edible dormouse is from the Mediterranean basin where they were considered a delicacy by the Romans and often kept in large jars and fattened up for special meals, it is thought that they're spread through Europe was due to the Romans' appetite.
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Are they a vermin problem like the grey squirrel?
Glis glis are considered pests when they come into conflict by living within a property; they have an element of protection from Natural England but pest control companies are allowed to trap them if they can prove their presence to be a risk. Pest controllers need to apply for a license to catch edible dormice and we are certified to use spring traps that humanely kill. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal for use to release these animals.
Can we help you?
Glis glis are an increasing problem and have now been reported in Caversham, Reading. All Aspects Pest Control is fully licensed by Natural England to control the edible dormouse.
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