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Flying Squirrel Removal in Macon

RAC technician holding baby flying squirrels

RAC technician holding baby flying squirrels

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 professional inspection and 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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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.
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Typical Flying Squirrel Entry Gap at a House in Macon, Georgia
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Typical Flying Squirrel Hole in a Soffit Panel in Sylvester, Georgia
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Tiny Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in Albany, Georgia
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Unusual Flying Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in Sylvester, Georgia
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Hidden Flying Squirrel Nest in the Eaves in Sylvester, Georgia
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Look How a Flying Squirrel Got Into a Stone House in Monticello, Georgia
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Jun 13, 2019 12:39:28 pm.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
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May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
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May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Got Into a Stone House in Monticello, Georgia
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May 09, 2019 09:48:06 am.

Interesting Flying Squirrel Entry Point into a House in Valdosta, Georgia
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May 08, 2019 10:47:52 am.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
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May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Failed DIY Flying Squirrel Exclusion Attempt in Valdosta, Georgia
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May 06, 2019 10:34:39 am.

Typical Flying Squirrel Entry Gap at a House in Valdosta, Georgia
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May 01, 2019 11:20:11 am.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
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Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Here's How a Flying Squirrel Got Into a House in Sylvester, Georgia
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Apr 17, 2019 10:02:01 am.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
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Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
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Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
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Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
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Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Evidence of a Longstanding Flying Squirrel Problem in a Valdosta, Georgia Home
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Feb 22, 2019 10:34:09 am.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Heading to Dublin for a squirrel exclusion, then back over to columbus for Flying Squirrel inspection and repair.
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Jan 31, 2019 08:59:39 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
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Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
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Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

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Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

Customers report hearing what sounds like critters bowling in their attic at night. Thats the sound of flying squirrels or rats dropping acorns as they move about in the attic. Call Ridacritter and we will stop the bowling tournament fast.
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Jan 11, 2019 10:17:08 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
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Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides flying squirrel removal in Macon, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon.

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