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Flying Squirrels Really Don't Fly
Flying squirrels, while entertaining and adorable, are capable of considerable amounts of damage to your home and to your yard. In the yard, flying squirrels have been known to strip a tree of all its bark, dig holes in your lawn and terrorize your bird feeders and gardens. If flying squirrels should get into your home, they can chew on your electrical wires, gnaw on your wood, destroy your insulation and possibly even start a fire in your attic. Not only can flying squirrels cause damage but they pose a biohazard to you, your family and your pets. Flying squirrels often have diseases such as rabies and typhus, and their droppings and urine can cause respiratory problems.
If you have a flying squirrel problem, you probably want to know how to get rid of them.
- The easiest way to get rid of your flying squirrel problem is to call a wildlife control operator (not an exterminator).
- If you already have flying squirrels inside your home, it is going to be much more difficult to rid your house and yard of them. The first thing that you have to do is to trap them. There are many different types of live traps that you can buy that will safely and effectively trap them if you bait them with their favorite foods such as fruits, nuts and vegetables. Once you have trapped them, you can then relocate them no less than 25 miles away from your house to discourage them from returning.
- It’s important that you keep your yard clear of any food that the flying squirrels will be attracted to. Clean up any fallen fruit, nuts or vegetables that fall on your lawn and invest in a good fence to protect your garden. Most flying squirrels live in or next to wooded areas. Flying squirrels have been known to take over attics and sheds. This species can be communal and, if so, will often live in groups of up to fifteen other adults. Flying squirrels make as many as three different types of nests, each one geared to a specific purpose. Natal nests are created for raising young, and are often built in a safe tree hollow or household eve. When born, infant squirrels are hairless and will remain with the parents until three months of age. Solitary nests are notable smaller than natal nests but are built in the same areas and in the same fashion. Flying squirrels that choose to live in groups create aggregate nests. Communities of flying squirrels generally have a communal bathroom site as well, one of the reasons they can be a nuisance to homeowners. Of all the squirrel species, flying squirrels are the least destructive, gathering nesting materials instead of creating them from insulation or dwelling infrastructure. This species of squirrel is considered relatively docile, with accounts of safe human handling even in the wild.
Because they are mostly nocturnal, flying squirrels tend to irritate homeowners when they take up residence in an attic. Not only are these squirrels loud—they often live in large groups—but they also create significant damage when their selected waste area begins to seep into walls and insulation. Most homeowners notice an issue when brown stains begin to appear on the ceiling. Like any other squirrel, flying squirrels will also chew wires and insulation, though this occurrence is less severe than with that of other species. Flying squirrels will be opportunistic when it comes to bird feeders and gardens, though due to their nocturnal habits, homeowners are unlikely to know it was a flying squirrel and not a regular squirrel raiding the bird seed. Call Buzz Away Wildlife Carolina's