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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta

Dean on a ladder removing flying squirrels from an Atlanta home.

Dean on a ladder removing flying squirrels from an Atlanta home.

Flying squirrels are one of the two species of aerial squirrels commonly found in Georgia (the other is the gray squirrel) and that account for most of the annoyance and damage that squirrels cause.

Flying squirrels can't really "fly" because they don't have real wings, nor the ability to flap them fast enough to take off from the ground like birds or bats can. What they have is skin stretched like webbing between their legs that allows them to glide from a higher place to a lower one. It's kind of like the "wing suits" that base jumpers wear.

That being said, flying squirrels use their "wing suits" more skillfully than any human. They can glide very impressively and are able to travel considerable distances, with remarkable accuracy. They use this skill to annoy us by gliding from high trees onto the sides of our homes, and from there getting into the attics and soffits.

Once they're inside, flying squirrels can cause quite a nuisance, as well as a safety hazard. Like all rodents, they're compulsive gnawers; and they'll readily chew on anything stored in the attic. When they start gnawing on electrical wires, they can create a serious fire hazard. They can also cause communications outages if they chew on telephone or cable television wiring.

Flying squirrels, like all rodents, also create health risks when they move into human homes. They have parasites that can spread typhus and other diseases, and their droppings can harbor disease-causing fungi. They can also stain and stink up the place with their urine, and the stains and odor are difficult to remove.

The flying squirrel's gliding abilities also make it a challenging animal to control. They don't need to climb up walls, nor do they need tree branches that hang directly over the house. All they need is a tree or a taller building in the general vicinity of your home, and they'll glide right on in.

Flying Squirrel Biology

Flying squirrels got into roof through narrow construction gap

Flying squirrels got into this Atlanta home through this gap

Flying squirrels are rodents in the family Sciuridae, which includes all squirrels. There are two species in North America, the Northern and Southern flying squirrels, which are so similar that even biologists have a hard time telling them apart. The ones we get around Atlanta and throughout most of the Eastern United States are the Southern ones, (Glaucomy volans).

A flying squirrel's diet consists mainly of nuts, seeds, fruits, mushrooms and other fungi, and sometimes insects, slugs, snails, bird eggs, nestlings, and other small animals. They hoard nuts during the warmer months and stash them away for the winter, usually accumulating several thousand by late fall.

The young are born in the spring in litters ranging from one to six young. The young are born hairless, with eyes and ears closed (their eyes don't open until they've several weeks old). Juveniles start leaving the nest at about 40 days of age, and usually are weaned in two months. By six months of age, the young are fully independent.

Flying Squirrel Removal

Flying squirrel control is very challenging. Remember that these are animals who can glide quite well, so they don't need any way to climb up the side of a house. They also have much slimmer bodies than other squirrels -- streamlining is a necessity for animals that fly -- which means they can get into very small holes and openings.

All this means that sealing flying squirrels out of a house requires a very experienced technician who knows how to find -- and seal -- every single possible entry point in the house. In many cases, it also requires specialized equipment like long ladders and lift trucks that most people don't have lying around in the garage.

One thing we should mention is that there's no such thing as a "flying squirrel exterminator." Like gray squirrels, flying squirrels are considered nuisance wildlife, not "pests." They cannot legally be poisoned. They must be humanely removed from a home in such a way as not to intentionally cause them harm.

That's fine by us. At Rid-A-Critter, we've always relied on safe, humane, non-chemical animal control methods that focus on making your home animal-proof. This is not only a more earth-friendly, environmentally approach to flying squirrel control, but it's also the most effective way to keep flying squirrels (and other critters) out of your home permanently.

If you need help with flying squirrels or any animal problem, please call us for an on-site consultation.

Metro Atlanta Flying Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures taken at flying squirrel removal jobs in and around Atlanta that we've done over the years.

Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any flying squirrel control job, so please call us today.


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A Flying Squirrel Chewed its Way Into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 11, 2019 11:18:38 am.

Serious Flying Squirrel Damage to Wires in an Attic in Fayetteville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2019 10:21:04 am.

This Gap Was How Flying Squirrels Got into the Attic of a House in Fairburn, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 27, 2019 10:29:03 am.

This Was How Flying Squirrels Got into a House in Covington, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2019 10:47:26 am.

A Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in College Park, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2019 10:44:43 am.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

A Flying Squirrel Chewed its Way into a House in Peachtree City, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 30, 2019 06:00:38 am.

Typical Flying Squirrel Chew Hole in a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 30, 2019 05:36:34 am.

Check Out How Flying Squirrels Got Into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 24, 2019 08:03:16 am.

Tiny Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Marietta, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 24, 2019 07:30:50 am.

This Was How Flying Squirrels Got Into this House in Riverdale, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 09, 2019 09:41:01 am.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Typical Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Kennesaw, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 03, 2019 10:27:47 am.

Casing f#lyingsquirrels in #Cartersville today they Have been keeping the Client up every night
by Carl F.
May 01, 2019 01:09:10 pm.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Tiny Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in McDonough, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 25, 2019 10:51:26 am.

Ambitious Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Apr 17, 2019 09:58:38 am.

This Was How Flying Squirrels Got Into an Attic in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Apr 11, 2019 10:46:39 am.

Typical Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Grayson, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 10, 2019 09:44:56 am.

Here's a Squirrel Hole in a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2019 11:08:38 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole in the Soffit of a House in Marietta
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2019 10:05:55 am.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

This Was the Flying Squirrel Entry Point into a House in Peachtree City
by Webmaster
Apr 03, 2019 11:03:55 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 02, 2019 12:21:16 pm.

Typical Flying Squirrel Damage at a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Apr 02, 2019 12:19:02 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

How Flying Squirrels Got Into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Mar 21, 2019 10:54:22 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Unlucky Flying Squirrel Hole in a Soffit in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Mar 14, 2019 10:33:11 am.

Typical Flying Squirrel Damage at a House in Marietta
by Webmaster
Mar 06, 2019 12:10:42 pm.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides flying squirrel removal in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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