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Flying Squirrel Removal in Atlanta and the Metro Area

Flying squirrel hole in a house in Sandy Springs

Flying squirrel hole in a house in Sandy Springs

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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We're doing a flying squirrel removal job in the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia. The customer didn't even know they had flying squirrels in the attic until the urine started dripping out and staining the siding. Yuck.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2020 10:18:31 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

This was How Norway Rats Got into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:37:42 am.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Made this Atlanta Attic their Hangar
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2020 10:27:35 am.

Undeniable Evidence of a Flying Squirrel Problem in the Attic of a Johns Creek, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Aug 21, 2020 10:53:20 am.

Last Week We Squirrel-Proofed the Attic of a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2020 10:09:32 am.

Unusual Flying Squirrel Hole in a Window Frame in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2020 10:22:23 am.

Video of Jason and Justin Animal-Proofing a Crawl Space Door at a Marietta, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2020 10:13:28 am.

Video of a Dead Animal Removal Job in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2020 10:22:27 am.

A homeowner called us and said she found a flying squirrel nest in the attic of her Johns Creek, Georgia home. We have a technician on his way to check out the problem.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2020 10:14:19 am.

Serious Flying Squirrel Damage to Wiring in an Attic in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 10, 2020 10:26:29 am.

A homeowner just called and told us they have flying squirrels in the attic of their Smyrna, Georgia home. We're sending an inspector there to check out the problem and devise a plan to keep the flying squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:59:47 am.

A Flying Squirrel Chewed its Way into this House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2020 11:23:08 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Evidence of a Longstanding Flying Squirrel Problem in an Attic in Franklin, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2020 11:11:19 am.

Here's a Flying Squirrel Hole into the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2020 10:14:19 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

We have a crew removing flying squirrels from a house in Atlanta, and sealing gaps in the wooden siding to keep them out.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2020 11:01:21 am.

A crew is on their way to a house in Atlanta to remove flying squirrels from the attic and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:29:47 am.

Chris Found Flying Squirrel Urine Dripping from a Soffit in Douglasville, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 07, 2020 10:57:33 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

The Inspection Stage of an Atlanta Flying Squirrel Removal Job
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2020 10:51:44 am.

Video from a Flying Squirrel Removal Job in McDonough Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2020 10:26:28 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Justin Inspecting for Flying Squirrels in Powder Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2020 11:07:48 am.

Here's How Flying Squirrels Got into the Attic of this House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 02, 2020 11:06:56 am.

Here's Justin on a Powder Springs, Georgia Flying Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Mar 02, 2020 11:02:02 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 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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