Although they’re cute, finding flying squirrels on and around your property may lead to some problems. These nocturnal creatures aren’t as common as some other types of wildlife in North America, but as their population increases, more homeowners are reporting them as a nuisance. Property owners should be aware of some of the troubles that a flying squirrel infestation could cause to their homes. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we provide squirrel removal services that are safe and humane to these interesting animals. Let our team at Skedaddle prevent your property from becoming a nesting ground for flying squirrels.
Flying Squirrels Compared to Other Squirrels
There are several differences between common squirrels and their exotic cousin, the flying squirrel. The most plentiful squirrels in North America are the grey squirrel and the red squirrel. These squirrel varieties are seen throughout the day in backyards, forests, parks, and other places where there are trees and potential sources of food.
Grey squirrels can sometimes become a nuisance to homeowners. These squirrels grow to be about a pound once they’re adults and sometimes make their nests in attics or inside the home’s walls.
Flying squirrels are much smaller than the typical grey squirrel. Adults only weigh up to four ounces once they’re fully mature. Additionally, it’s rare to see a flying squirrel during the day. They are most active at night. Even though they’re called flying squirrels, these creatures don’t actually fly. They use the skin flaps along their wrists and ankles to glide from place to place. They may enter homes by gliding from a nearby tree to a property owner’s roof and chew their way inside.
Facts About the Northern Flying Squirrel
The northern flying squirrel is the most common species in North America. These animals live in the northern United States and Canada. They reside in coniferous forests but may also be found in residential areas with various types of trees due to deforestation. In some parts of North America, the squirrels are considered endangered due to habitat loss. Other types of flying squirrel species are found in Asia and Europe, and the southern flying squirrel resides in the United States.
Flying squirrels have brown or grey fur and large, black eyes, perfect for spotting things in the dark. They have long whiskers to aid them in foraging for food during their active times at night. They eat fruit, nuts, seeds, berries, and insects. They also have scent glands inside their cheeks to help them find their territory. Today, some people even keep flying squirrels as pets inside their homes.
Problems With These Unique Animals
The flying squirrel’s unusual and endearing appearance doesn’t change the fact that it can be a big problem for a property owner. Just like typical squirrels, they can nest inside an attic or wall and leave behind messy droppings and potential parasites. They are capable of chewing through walls, wires, and other vulnerable parts of a home.
Their urine and feces may trigger allergic reactions or respiratory problems in some people. They also may carry diseases, such as rabies or typhus, so it’s important to never attempt to pet or handle a flying squirrel.
If flying squirrels are present on a property, they also may cause damage to a homeowner’s yard. Flying squirrels can dig holes while looking for food and even get into a garden. They may also wreak havoc on small sapling trees or chew through the bark on full-grown trees on a property.
The Importance of Professional Squirrel Removal
The key to getting these animals to leave is partnering with professional wildlife removal experts. Our Skedaddle team has the knowledge and experience required to remove flying squirrels safely without disturbing the rest of the area’s wildlife habitat.
In some locales, flying squirrels may be protected, so it’s important for homeowners to avoid attempting their own wildlife removal. Not only is this dangerous to the average person, but it also may be prohibited by law and result in hefty fines.
Another thing to understand about flying squirrels is that they are difficult to completely remove from a property. They’re naturally shy around humans and easily hide, which makes them a challenge to remove without expert experience. There are some ways to prevent animals such as flying squirrels from getting inside a home.
Property owners should make an effort to trim tree branches that are close to their house. They should also go through their home and seal any holes that lead to the outside. Flying squirrels and other rodents may be able to squeeze inside through tiny cracks or gaps. Additionally, installing a chimney cap can often keep out unwanted guests
While they are fascinating to observe, it’s never good when flying squirrels take over a property and cause damage. There is a way to remove them safely and protect your home. Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for professional removal of flying squirrels or any other wild animal today.