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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta and the Metro Area

A trapped flying squirrel with its front paws on the cage trap door looking like it is pleading to be released.

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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Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Flying squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of an egg through the bottom of the wooden window frame to get into a house in Atlanta. From there they traveled up inside the wall to the attic, where our wildlife-removal specialists have set traps to catch and relocate the flying squirrels to their new home in the forest.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:24:42 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Flying squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a golf ball through the edge of the wooden roof trim to get into the attic of a house in Dacula, Georgia. We have a wildlife-removal crew setting traps to catch and relocate the flying squirrels and animal-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:03:35 am.

The reason why we're removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia today is because of a gap around a pipe where it passes through the soffit panel. We're animal-proofing the roof to keep wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2022 09:00:47 am.

A gap between the siding and the roof trim under the peak of the roof is why we're trapping and removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Dacula, Georgia. They'll just have to find a new hangar.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:41:03 am.

A two-inch hole in the soffit panel where some sort of pipe used to pass through allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a house in Atlanta. It's important to seal the unused holes when removing pipes or conduit to keep wildlife from getting into the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2022 08:40:54 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

A triangular gap between the shingles and the roof trim allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. Flying squirrels are very slender animals who can fit through very small openings, making their exclusion quite a challenge.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2022 09:38:05 am.

A gap of a little more than an inch between the shingles and the soffit at a roof junction is why we're removing flying squirrels from the attic of an Atlanta home today. Flying squirrels are very slender animals under all that fur and can get through very small gaps.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2022 08:50:00 am.

Flying squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of an egg through the wooden roof trim all the way up at the peak of the roof to get into the attic of a house in Lilburn, Georgia. They probably landed on the roof by gliding from nearby trees rather than climbing the walls.
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2022 09:21:53 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

We're doing flying squirrel removal in Jonesboro, Georgia today. Flying squirrels do very similar damage to gray squirrels or roof rats, but are more challenging to seal out of a house because of their small size and ability to glide through the air with the greatest of ease.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2022 10:53:23 am.

Flying squirrels chewed a hole through the end of the wooden soffit to get into the attic of a house in Conyers, Georgia. Flying squirrel removal and exclusion is challenging even for wildlife-management professionals because of their small size and ability to fly.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2022 10:47:02 am.

Flying squirrels chewed their way through the wooden roof trim to get into a house in Atlanta. We have a crew of wildlife-removal specialists trapping and relocating the flying squirrels, and animal-proofing the roof to keep unwanted critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2022 10:53:51 am.

Droppings on top of a box stored in the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia were evidence of flying squirrels that need to be removed and relocated from the house. A wildlife-removal crew from our Metro Atlanta office is on their way to remove the flying squirrels and give them a ride to their new hangar in the woods.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2022 10:57:07 am.

Lifting the shingles revealed a gap of about of an inch between the roof sheathing and the fascia, which explains why our wildlife-management professionals are doing flying squirrel removal and exclusion at an Atlanta home today. Because of their small size, the flying squirrels didn't even have to gnaw to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 27, 2022 09:41:05 am.

Footprints in the dust on a return air duct told a tail of flying squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Atlanta. We have a wildlife-exclusion crew on the job animal-proofing the roof to prevent the flying squirrels from getting back in after they're removed and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:30:21 am.

One of our wildlife-management crews doing flying squirrel removal in Atlanta is replacing the attic insulation. The flying squirrels have already been removed and relocated, and the roof has been made animal-proof.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 09:45:31 am.

Flying squirrels made a hole about the size of a silver dollar through the corner of the soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Flying squirrels are actually pretty slender under all that fur, making removing and excluding them from homes very detailed work.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:22:59 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

We just removed a family of squirrels from the attic of an Atlanta home. They'll be relocated as a family to a more suitable environment than someone's attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2022 11:36:24 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 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, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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