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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta

Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Marietta

Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Marietta

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 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 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 that respects our natural world, 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.

Flying Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of 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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by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

This Was a Flying Squirrel Entry Hole into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2019 12:16:18 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

A Flying Squirrel Chewed its Way Into a House in Tucker
by Webmaster
Jan 16, 2019 11:54:51 am.

Picture of a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2019 11:53:33 am.

Leaving a Jasper GA flying squirrel job heading to Smyrna to do a rat inspection and repair.
by Jason McFarland
Jan 11, 2019 11:54:09 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

Customers report hearing what sounds like critters bowling in their attic at night. Thats the sound of flying squirrels or rats dropping acorns as they move about in the attic. Call Ridacritter and we will stop the bowling tournament fast.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 11, 2019 10:17:08 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Was in big canoe this morning, then went to cartersville, now headed to Suwanee, busy day today
by Chris Collender
Jan 08, 2019 10:45:50 am.

In Marietta Georgia today tracking out flying squirrels and get them out of the house
by Carl F.
Jan 08, 2019 10:45:05 am.

Carl Found a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2019 10:28:16 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Stone Mountain
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2019 11:57:20 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

Tiny Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2019 10:00:23 am.

Picture of a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Berkeley Lake
by Webmaster
Jan 02, 2019 11:11:52 am.

Another Failed Flying Squirrel-Proofing Attempt by a Roofer in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jan 02, 2019 10:49:20 am.

Went Gainesville for a quote for flyin squirrels, then headed over to Buford for a mouse quote.
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2019 09:06:16 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Got Into a House in Berkeley Lake
by Webmaster
Dec 19, 2018 10:12:57 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

Good luck 🍀 to all students taking their midterm exams this week.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

Starting to see lots of flying squirrels in attics in Atlanta. The colder it gets outside the more likely flying squirrels will move into our warm dry attics. Many customers report hearing the squirrels "thump" as they land on the roof.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 13, 2018 10:43:31 am.

Water Damage and a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Kennesaw
by Webmaster
Dec 12, 2018 11:21:21 am.

Solving a Flying Squirrel Problem in a House in Johns Creek
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:58:36 am.

Video of Carl Correcting Another Animal-Removal Company's Work
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 am.

Wow, it’s been a lot of wet and cold weather here in Ga. and has the phones ringing. Make sure your home is secured against all the wildlife looking for warmth and shelter.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2018 04:42:47 pm.

Getting lots of calls for removal of flying squirrels from attics all over Georgia and Alabama today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 10, 2018 12:26:02 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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