Flying Squirrel Exclusions in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts & Vermont
Flying squirrels are nocturnal, the size of chipmunks, they keep you up at night with their constant running around and noisy nut dropping, making you want to shoot holes in your ceiling. Flying Squirrels Live in Colonies and are very community oriented. The Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels are both found in the North East United States. They use communal toilets just like the otter and Raccoon.
They cause staining on the outside of your house when their toilet is in your soffits, it looks like a brown liquid running down the siding of your house. they will fill up the area and then move to another spot a few inches or feet away and fill up another area, heavily infested Flying Squirrel toilets can make the siding and areas almost black.
They can fit through a hole the size of your thumbnail and can squeeze through a linear crack the size of your pinky finger. Flying squirrels are omnivorous and will eat acorns, fruits, seeds also mice, bats, small birds, bird eggs and have been observed eating their own species from a different colony.
Flying squirrels do not actually fly but glide from spot to spot and can be heard hitting the roof of your house at night. Flying Squirrels are very hyper and can go fast enough so that following them with your eyes can be difficult.
Flying Squirrels disperse out in small groups of 2 or more, that is why one night your house will be quiet and the following night it will sound like thunder in your ceiling the next night. They usually leave in the springtime when the weather warms up and will return in the fall but on some occasions, they will return for short bursts in the summer, we have found some colonies that stay the entire summer.
Besides your attic, they love to nest behind bathtubs and in wall cavities. their nests are not usually built up like red or gray squirrels that have material brought in but rather have residue from their food as the first layer of their nest. We have found nuts, mouse bones, pine cones, and deceased Flying squirrels as nesting material.
Even though Flying squirrels are small they make an incredible amount of noise, most times we find large mouse populations where Flying Squirrels are inhabiting. Flying squirrels do not chew on electrical wires as much as regular squirrels but they will chew on them. The best method For Flying Squirrels is an exclusion, not trapping. Using way doors and sealing all entryways keeps them from coming back. And with our guarantee, you do not have to worry about the flying squirrels returning later on. If the flying squirrels do return, the flying squirrels will get back in well within a year. All you have to do is call us and we will find out how the flying squirrels got back in, get them back out and then begin the guarantee over again from the beginning, at no cost to you at all.
We offer a quality squirrel removal service; squirrel removal should be handled by professionals like us. Our service entails that the flying squires do not get back into your home along with trapping flying squirrel animals.
How to Get Rid Of Flying Squirrels from The Attic
Although tiny-looking, flying squirrels are arguably the most fascinating species of squirrels. Thanks to the thin skin that extends from the sides of their bodies, they can glide for up to 200 feet. To learn more about flying squirrel’s habitat visit squirrelattic.com.
But when you have them in your attic, this fascinating attribute becomes the least of your worries. They cause severe damages in the attic – from chewing on wood, wires, and pipes to tearing off the insulation. Not to mention the amount of waste they leave.
Little wonder they leave many New Hampshire residents frustrated. In the post, we explore effective ways to get rid of these troublesome critters.
Getting Rid of Flying Squirrels
Here’s the process we use at New Hampshire Animal Damage Control to get rid of flying squirrels from the attic:
A thorough inspection is important because it helps to confirm the nature of the infestation problem you’re dealing with.
As you probably know, several other animal species also find the attic comfortable. But with an inspection, you can be 100 percent sure what species you’re dealing with.
But more importantly, inspection helps you identify how the flying squirrels are getting in. And since flying squirrels are smaller than regular squirrels, they can get in through small spaces. That’s why you need to look carefully, especially in areas around the roof. More often than not, there will be more than one entry point.
Removing flying squirrels is usually challenging because they live in colonies. Hence, you can have up to 20 flying squirrels living in your attic at the same time. But here are some of the most effective ways of getting rid of them.
This is the easiest and recommended way of getting flying squirrels out. It involves locating all potential entry points into your attic. Thereafter, all these holes are sealed off, leaving only the main entrance.
In this main entrance, a one-way door is installed. A one-way door is an exclusion device that makes it impossible for critters to get back in once they get out. And as these squirrels leave in search of food for the next few days, they are unable to get back in.
After about a week, get into the attic to confirm that all of them have left. Only then should the exclusion device be removed, and the final hole sealed.
Trapping is another way to get rid of flying squirrels – and they are ideal for specific circumstances.
For instance, if you have a mother flying squirrel with her kits in your attic, using exclusion will separate the mother from her kits. These kits will eventually die due to the absence of parental care. Live trapping can be used to avoid that. When the mother’s not around, the kits are picked up and used as bait to lure the mother into a live trap. They can then all be relocated.
When dealing with multiple flying squirrels in your attic, a repeating trap is best used. The trap is placed on the exit hole (where you would have installed an exclusion device). As the squirrels try to get out, they become trapped.
Ensure that you check the traps regularly, so you don’t keep them in for too long. And before releasing the capture flying squirrels into the wild, ensure they are not dehydrated, exhausted, or injured.
Clean Up and Repairs
Flying squirrels leave lots of waste in the attic – from droppings to urine to torn-up insulation and lots more. While wearing a disposable hand glove, pick up this waste and dispose of it. Also, disinfect the area with an enzyme-based cleaner.
Finally, the damaged wires, wood, insulation, and pipes need to be repaired to restore the integrity of your building.
Putting Preventive Measures in Place
After removal is complete, the last thing you want is for the problem to reoccur. To prevent that from happening, you should:
- Cut off access to easy food in your yard. Ensure you sweep off bird seeds from under your bird feeder. Take pet food inside, especially at night. Regularly harvest fruits from plants in your garden.
- Remove potential hiding spots in your yard.
- Cut off tree branches overhanging your roof as they can serve as bridges into your attic.
Getting rid of flying squirrels is challenging. That’s why getting professionals involved is a wise choice. The wildlife removal experts at New Hampshire Animal Damage Control can help put an end to your flying squirrel infestation problem.
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