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Flying Squirrel Removal, Trapping & Control Services
Although flying squirrels appear to have wing-like appendages, they are not capable of true flight. The webs of skin that connect their arms and legs instead facilitate gliding from branch to branch among treetops. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and quick climbers. As they move awkwardly on the ground, the rodents prefer to spend most of their time in trees.
Flying squirrels are the smallest of all squirrel species. They have light brown fur, dark stripes running along their sides, and lighter cream-colored fur on their bellies. Small rounded ears and large dark eyes give them an attractive appearance. When they leap from tree branches, they extend their arms and legs and allow their webs of skin to catch the air. Flying squirrels use their furry tails for steering when in flight. The rodents rarely exceed 10 inches in length.
Similar to other types of squirrels, flying squirrels mostly feed on nuts, berries, and fruits, which are available to them without leaving their tree homes. Their carnivorous tendencies lead them to regularly eat baby bird eggs, as well as insects and the occasional small animal.
Forests throughout North America host flying squirrels. The creatures prefer to nest in warm, enclosed spaces such as hollowed out sections of trees, crevices, bird boxes, and abandoned bird nests. They live in large colonies that huddle together when they sleep in order to keep warm.
Entry into Homes or Yards
Flying squirrels are common in yards across the United States, but property owners are often clueless to their presence. Since the rodents are nocturnal and tend to stick to the trees, people rarely encounter them. Human and flying squirrel activity intersects when the furry nuisances construct their nests in attics.
Problems & Damage
Colonies of flying squirrels are made up of an average of a dozen rodents. Having so many flying squirrels inside man made structures like attics quickly leads to major property damage. They defecate and urinate near their nests, which creates foul odors in the home and damages buildings. As is the case with most rodent species, flying squirrels chew and gnaw constantly, which damages wooden support structures and electrical wires. Flying squirrels are also carriers of ticks, mites, fleas, and diseases, which are all easily transferred to residents living in infested homes.
Prevention & Exclusion
To prevent flying squirrels from nesting in attics, individuals should ensure that all exterior entrances are sealed with calk or covered with wire mesh. Common points of flying squirrel entry include vents, chimneys, windows, and gaps around cables or pipes. Additionally, removing bird houses or boxes and thinning out dense trees in yards makes areas less attractive to flying squirrels.
Trapping & Removal
Flying squirrels are legally protected animals in some states. In order to safely and effectively deal with flying squirrel infestations, property owners should call Trutech animal control specialists. Armed with the knowledge necessary to identify and address the factors causing flying squirrel activity, animal removal experts humanely and efficiently handle pest problems.