Flying squirrels can make their way into attics and wall voids in your home, and they will do just as much damage as their other squirrel cousins. The biggest difference between these types of squirrels is the time of day when they do their damage. Most squirrels do most of their damage during the day because they are diurnal, however, the nocturnal flying squirrel does most of its damage during the night. No matter the type of squirrel that’s invaded your dwelling, Animal Remover can evict them and ensure they won’t return.
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Flying Squirrel Nuisance Concerns
Flying squirrels often do serious damage to exterior trim and siding, because they will try to make holes or widen existing gaps to get into your home. Once they have gotten inside, flying squirrels may chew on wiring, which could cause an electrical short or a fire. They live in colonies, sometimes up to 30 at a time.
Having that many rodents living inside a home’s wall or in an attic can cause some serious damage.
Flying squirrels can also chew through nearly any building material. Though they are not large animals, they are persistent and have been known to chew through wooden beams, drywall, and even cinder blocks. They also tend to defecate in a single area in the attic, so you may see staining in the attic or running down exterior walls.
Flying Squirrels Glide
Flying squirrels are cute little guys with big dark eyes and white bellies. They have a fur-covered sheet of skin that stretches between their front and back toes on each side that’s hard to notice when they are sitting still. They use these wings to glide; they can’t really fly. They can’t fly from the ground, but they can glide from a high place. They can glide 20 to 60 feet, from a tall starting location like a tree or a roof.
Flying Squirrels Are Elusive
You may not see flying squirrels very often because they only come out at night and they are usually in trees, not on the ground. They eat nuts, seeds, insects, birds’ eggs, and sometimes nestlings, fungi, and tender tree parts like buds. Females usually have one litter of three to five young in March to April. There may also be a second litter in late summer. Young are weaned in six to eight weeks but stay with mom for several weeks.
Flying squirrels build nests in trees in warmer months, but they are known to enter homes in late fall when the weather changes.
Flying Squirrels Are Active at Night
Highly social by nature, flying squirrels’ playful, nocturnal habits give them away. Homeowners with flying squirrel squatters often hear them scurrying around in the attic or coming and going after midnight.
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Flying Squirrel Removal
Whatever type of squirrel you may have infesting your attic, you shouldn’t let them stay there. It is also never a good idea to try to remove wild animals from your home on your own. They can be unpredictable and dangerous.
Call Animal Remover today and make an appointment so that we can help you remove the flying squirrels that are living in your home and keep them from coming back. Contact us online, or give us a call at 513-324-9453 for a quote.