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Flying Squirrel Removal

Caged flying squirrels.
Caged flying squirrels.

Flying squirrel removal is not an exact science.

Every critter removal job is different, of course, but we will typically handle the seal-out similar to other animals, going around the structure and sealing any openings, much like a grey squirrel removal job.

However, a flying squirrel job more typically needs to be performed at the same level as a bat removal job. Flying squirrels are small enough that they can squeeze into a hole that is the width of even just ¾-inch!

For flying squirrels, sometimes it is appropriate to set traps in an attic. Sometimes it makes more sense to set traps only on the outside of the house. But the key to this animal is that everything needs to be sealed.

When it’s a small colony, we often find it’s the beginning of the problem. When dealing with a big colony it often seems we’re not the first company to try to fix the problem, having been brought in after a previous abatement attempt has failed.

Gliding flying squirrel inside a house.
Gliding flying squirrel inside a house.

Because flying squirrels tend to migrate into different roost areas depending on weather conditions and environment, sometimes a less reputable company may perform a “flying squirrel abatement” to a lesser degree in March or April – when the attic is still relatively temperate – and then give the customer a three-month warranty.

The problem with this is that flyers commonly leave the attic in the summer because it’s too hot, but return to old nesting sites in the autumn, in other words just enough time for that tree-month warranty that these companies give you to expire.

Clearly, in these cases, the homes were never properly sealed in the first place and the animals left for more comfortable conditions throughout the summer months. But the holes remain, so they find their way back in.

Flying squirrels may also vacate a structure temporarily because of human activity, this is more common with a small colony.

Occasionally we’ll have a house that has a flying squirrel concern, but we may never catch one if they are disturbed by our presence alone during, for example, our inspection.

Sometimes that disturbance is enough to encourage them to make their way out before the seal-out. But if you don’t seal up the house, you can be sure these little creatures will be back!

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