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Flying squirrels are one of 50 members of the squirrel family. These squirrels glide and don’t fly, and their flattened tail is easily identifiable as it resembles a feather. They have a white underbelly and large eyes.
The Southern flying squirrel is small, ranging from 5-7 inches, while the Northern is a bit larger at 7-9 inches. This species of squirrel is the most carnivorous. These animals are nocturnal and are rarely out during the day. They can have multiple den sites, which is a reason some homeowners believe the problem is gone for good. It is best to trap double digits before declaring the problem eradicated.
Flying squirrels can be very loud in attics and can be mistaken for larger animals, such as a raccoon. They enter homes through holes in the soffit, window and door frames, and can chew holes in siding. Once inside, they have a “latrine,” which is the only spot they use the restroom and a telltale sign of an infestation. Flying squirrels typically congregate in large groups of 10-30.
Because of their congregation habits, flying squirrels can cause quite a disturbance for homeowners. If you suspect a flying squirrel infestation, it’s essential to contact a licensed pest control professional to inspect the structure, properly identify the species, implement exclusion techniques, and trap any resident squirrels. To observe activity patterns, a thorough inspection is necessary, hopefully locating any potential entry points. Knowing the entry points makes it easier to find any nests. An infestation can include not only trapping and removal, but attic cleanups as well. Luckily, Hogarth’s provides full-service flying squirrel removal and clean up. If you believe to be experiencing a problem with these animals, please give us a call today!