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Flying Squirrel Removal in Macon

Dean on a ladder removing flying squirrels from a home.

Dean on a ladder removing flying squirrels from a home.

There are two species of squirrels that commonly create headaches for homeowners in and around th Macon area. Flying squirrels are one, and gray squirrels are the other. This page deals with flying squirrels.

Flying squirrels get their name from their ability to glide for fairly long distances, with great accuracy. They can't really "fly," as in taking off from a low point and gaining altitude; but they can glide from a higher point to a lower one quite well. This is because nature has equipped them with more lightweight bodies and better eyesight than other squirrels, as well as membranes stretched between their legs that allow them to glide.

One of the ways that flying squirrels use their impressive gliding abilities is to get into attics, soffits, and other parts of homes that would present challenges to more earth-bound squirrels. Once they're inside, they can create quite a nuisance. In addition to the mess they make with their uring and droppings, like rodents in general, flying squirrels are gnawers who will gnaw on practically anything, including the home's structural wood, stored objects, and electrical and communications wiring.

That last habit of flying squirrels is not only an annoyance, but can create a safety risk, as well. Flying squirrels can cause your television, telephone, or Internet service to go dark when they chew on those wires; but if they start chewing on your electrical wiring, they can start a fire. our squirrel-removal techs come across this all the time, and it's one of the main reasons why flying squirrels (or any rodents, for that matter) can't be tolerated even in an unused attic.

Flying squirrels can also create health risks and odor problems when they get into attics. Aside from their droppings and urine, which have their own health risks such as salmonella and leptospirosis, flying squirrels also have parasites like fleas and ticks, and can be reservoirs for arthropod-borne diseases. In other words, a flying squirrel can carry a particular germ in its body, which is then picked up by a tick, and then transmitted by the tick. Flying squirrels are known to be capable of transmitting typhus in this way, and may be involved in the transmission of Lyme disease.

Flying Squirrel Biology

Flying squirrels can get into homes through very small gaps

Flying squirrels can get into homes through very small gaps.

Like all squirrels, flying squirrels belong to the family Sciuridae. There are two species in North America, the Northern and Southern flying squirrels, which are almost identical in appearance and habits. As one would expect, the flying squirrels in get in Macon and throughout Georgia are the Southern ones, and the ones the Yankees up north get are the Northern ones.

Flying squirrels feed mainlt on nuts, seeds, fruits, and other plant products. They'll also eat insects and other invertebrates, small birds, eggs, and small animals once in in while, but they're mainly plant eaters. They're hoarders who store away huge quantities of food for the winter. Sometimes this hoarding turns out to be the reason for moth infestations in a home: The moths feed on the stored seeds and nuts, and a few of the adults make their way into the living area of the home.

Baby flying squirrels usually start venturing outside the nest at around 40 days old, and are fully weaned at about 60 days of age. By six months of age, they've typically left the nest and are on their own.

Flying Squirrel Removal and Exclusion

Their small size, gliding skills, and ability to squeeze through very small opening make flying squirrel control very challenging. Lots of folks are amazed at how small a hole or crack a flysing squirrel can get through, or at least use as a starting point to gnaw into a bigger hole.

Flying squirrels can enter a home pretty much anywhere, but usually they do so up high, getting in through construction gaps under the roof shingles or through openings in gable vents, around chimneys, under loose flashing, and many other places. That makes flying squirrel removal and exclusion a meticulous job that requires highly-trained technicians and specialized equipment ranging from long ladders to cherry pickers.

Our goal is to remove flying squirrels from your home, seal it tight to make it "squirrel proof" so they can't get back in, and then clean up the mess they made. This usually includes cleaning up droppings, nut shells, and other debris, as well as disinfecting and deodorizing. We also can replace contaminated insulation, if needed, and repair any damage the flying squirrels have done.

One more thing: There's no such thing as a "flying squirrel exterminator." Some poeple set down poison for flying squirrels, which is both illegal and can cause all kinds of odor and health problems when the animals die in your home. At Rid-A-Critter, we do things by the book. We humanely remove the squirrels, seal them out, and clean up after them. This is the safe, legal, and long-lasting solution.

If you need help with flying squirrels or any animal problem, please call us for a no-obligation consultation.

Flying Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of flying squirrel removal jobs in and around the Macon area.

Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any flying squirrel control job, so please call us today.

 

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