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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 arboreal squirrels commonly found in Georgia (the other is the gray squirrel) 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 with impressive accuracy from a higher place to a lower one. Their "wings" resemble 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, generally landing within inches of their intended target. 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 and health 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 control flying squirrels using only safe, humane, non-chemical 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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At a #home in #Canton today getting rid of #flying #squirrels they have tore up at attic right before it came time to #sell #flyingsquirrels
by Carl F.
Dec 12, 2019 10:06:15 am.

Just finishing up a flying squirrel removal and exclusion in Palmetto, before I head to Atlanta for some squirrel trapping.
by Jason McFarland
Dec 05, 2019 10:27:35 am.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Made this House in Marietta, Georgia their Hangar
by Webmaster
Nov 29, 2019 09:01:10 am.

New Blog Post: Happy Thanksgiving!
by Webmaster
Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Gray Squirrel Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Dallas, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2019 10:17:17 am.

How Flying Squirrels Got Into the Soffit of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Nov 14, 2019 11:25:14 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole in a House in Tucker, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 30, 2019 11:39:59 am.

How Flying Squirrels Got Into the Attic of this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2019 10:59:14 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Got Into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Oct 10, 2019 11:10:58 am.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

This Roof Ridge Vent Allowed Flying Squirrels into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2019 09:02:48 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Typical Flying squirrel Entry Gap into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2019 12:10:31 pm.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Tiny Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in Stockbridge, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2019 12:09:11 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Doing Insulation Replacement at a House in Brookhaven, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2019 11:47:45 am.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Worried Flying Squirrel in the Attic of a House in Cartersville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2019 10:55:16 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole into a House in Berkeley Lake, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2019 10:00:20 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Typical Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2019 10:53:14 am.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Very Shoddy Flying Squirrel Exclusion Attempt in Duluth
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2019 11:40:29 am.

A Flying Squirrel Chewed its Way Into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2019 09:42:16 am.

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.

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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