Flying squirrels are a common wildlife pest for homeowners in Georgia. Homeowners will occasionally report being woken up during the night because of sounds of animals moving around their roofs and attics. While there are a variety of potential wildlife pests that could cause this, in many cases flying squirrels are the culprit.
There are over 40 species of flying squirrels around the world. Here in Georgia, however, only two species of flying squirrels are active. In the northeastern counties of the state, you will occasionally find the northern flying squirrel, which can be distinguished by its thick, brown colored fur. The other active species, the southern flying squirrel, can be found anywhere in the state, and is characterized by its grayish-brown coloration and cream colored stomach.
Despite their name, flying squirrels cannot actually fly. Instead, they are able to glide between trees using skin flaps that connect their legs and arms. This gives the flying squirrel exceptional mobility. While they mostly use this to move between their nests and other trees, they can also use this gliding ability to access parts of the home that are otherwise safe from pests.
Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and forage for food late at night. Like many other squirrels, they spend most of the year storing food that they use when hibernating during the winter. While they usually live alone during the spring and summer, flying squirrels will commonly gather together in groups during winter to share food and keep warm.
Usually, flying squirrels enter the home seeking a nesting location. They will sometimes chew holes into walls and roofs to gain access the home, and will then build a nest out of accessible materials such as insulation. Once inside, flying squirrels can cause a variety of problems for homeowners. Due to their tendency to chew through various materials, flying squirrels can create fire hazards by chewing through electrical wires and water lines. Also, being wild animals, flying squirrels can carry bacteria and are known vectors of Typhus and other arboviral diseases.
Since they are capable of causing so much damage, homeowners will naturally want to deal with a flying squirrel problem as soon as it has been identified. However, it is important to be extremely cautious when interacting with flying squirrels. If mishandled, they could potentially bite and spread disease. It is also important to note that, should you identify an crack or gap in the home that the squirrel is exploiting to get inside, you should wait to seal it until the squirrels have been removed. If the squirrels are trapped inside, they will typically chew another hole into the home, which will then have to be found and repaired.
Flying squirrel removal is difficult and meticulous work. In many cases, specialized equipment such as scaffolding, traps, and professional grade ladders are required to remove the squirrels. Not only is this work challenging, it can also be dangerous if not done correctly. For these reasons, it is often better to call in a licensed wildlife professional to deal with squirrels in your home.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience trapping and removing wildlife of all kinds. Our technicians are trained professionals, and begin every treatment process with a thorough inspection of the home, which we use to identify any signs of pest activity. Once this is complete, we will develop a safe, targeted plan to deal with your wildlife problems once and for all!
So if you are dealing with squirrels in your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!