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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta and the Metro Area

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.

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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Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Flying squirrels gnawed a hole through the screen behind a gable vent to get into the attic of a house in Conyers, Georgia. We have a crew trapping and removing the flying squirrels, and animal-proofing the roof to prevent future problems with critters in the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 11:21:03 am.

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by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

A broken screen behind a gable vent allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic of a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our bat-removal specialists are replacing the screen and sealing up any other gaps they find to make the house bat-proof.
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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

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by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Our Metro Atlanta animal-removal technicians are removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. They'll catch and relocate the flying squirrels, and animal-proof the house to prevent future problems with animals in the attic.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 10:49:44 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

A call we received regarding urine stains on the siding of a house in Douglasville, Georgia turned out to be from flying squirrels living in the attic. We have a crew trapping and removing the flying squirrels and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
May 14, 2021 09:45:30 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole through a Gable Vent Screen in Conyers, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 14, 2021 09:42:03 am.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

We have technicians removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Atlanta, and animal-proofing the roof so they can't get back inside. No worries, though: We'll help them find a new hangar in the woods.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2021 09:24:16 am.

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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

One of our non-chemical animal-exclusion teams is re-flashing the roof of a house in Atlanta to keep flying squirrels out of the attic. The flying squirrels themselves will be trapped and humanely relocated to the woods.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2021 10:30:45 am.

Here's Why this Smyrna, Georgia House needs Flying Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2021 10:14:58 am.

One of our crews is busy at a flying squirrel-removal job in the attic of a house in Atlanta.The flying squirrels are getting into the house through a gap between the siding and the roof overhang.
by Webmaster
Apr 16, 2021 09:48:25 am.

Chris found a live flying squirrel in the attic of a house in Mableton, Georgia. After some discussion, it was decided that the flying squirrel would be removed from the attic and relocated to a new hangar in a hollow tree in the forest.
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2021 10:45:01 am.

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.

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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