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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta and the Metro Area

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 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.

As is the case with wildlife in general, flying squirrels can cause quite a nuisance, as well as a safety and health hazard, once they get into a home. 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 one of the more challenging wildlife control jobs. 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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Video of a Flying Squirrel in the Attic of a House in Mableton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2021 10:22:12 am.

One of our technicians is heading out to remove a trapped gray squirrel from the roof of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The squirrel was caught early this morning and will be relocated to the forest, away from homes or buildings.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2021 10:10:23 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

One of our crews is replacing the roof flashing to keep flying squirrels out of the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. The original flashing may have kept the water out of the house, but not the animals.
by Webmaster
Mar 16, 2021 11:01:18 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Video of Flying Squirrel Removal and Exclusion at a Kennesaw, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2021 10:17:51 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Monroe, Georgia. They've already trapped and removed the raccoons from the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 10:15:23 am.

Flying squirrels made their way into a home in Acworth. Subdivisions are fantastic homes for wildlife! Stay vigilant!
by Jake A.
Feb 16, 2021 04:29:56 pm.

A team from our Metro Atlanta office is trapping and removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. They'll also animal-proof the roof to keep flying squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:27:38 am.

One of our teams is sealing a gap at the roof junction of a house in Atlanta to keep flying squirrels out of the attic. Flying squirrels are smaller and more slender than gray squirrels and can get in through smaller openings.
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2021 09:39:32 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Headed to Americus Ga today gonna be handing some ole gray squirrels and some mice their walking papers TIME TO GO!!!!
by Carl D.
Jan 26, 2021 07:58:41 am.

Out in Sandy Springs and Kennesaw on this lovely day today. You squirrels don’t stand a chance!
by Chris G.
Jan 15, 2021 01:23:05 pm.

Me and my helper are heading to Newnan Georgia today to deal with flying squirrels possibly I must say this is the first job I have ever had that I actually wake up early and I am excited come Monday morning Man I love my job
by Carl D.
Jan 11, 2021 05:55:32 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Went to Canton GA today to remove a funnel trap that we installed to exclude flying squirrels. Had a great view and was very successful!
by Jake A.
Jan 06, 2021 06:17:54 pm.

We're removing flying squirrels from the attic of a stone house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Sealing animals out of a stone house is challenging because the irregular surface creates many potential animal entry gaps.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2021 10:36:22 am.

It’s cold outside, but the flying squirrels are nice and warm in your attic. If you hear strange noises at night call us now.
by Dean Scott
Jan 06, 2021 08:49:13 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

What a lovely morning to be doing exclusion work ! Where here at Tabernacle of Praise Church removing some pesky flying squirrels. Should be a great fun filled day with my buddy Chris G.
by George R.
Jan 05, 2021 08:48:00 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Flying Squirrels Out of a House in Smyrna, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2020 09:41:28 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has a technician adjusting the limit switches and replacing the weather seal on the garage door of a house in Conyers, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2020 10:51:15 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 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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