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Have you seen Flying Squirrels in Milwaukee?


Observing wildlife can be a calming and entertaining experience. Very few things can take your mind off the stresses of life like watching animals scamper and flutter around in their natural environment. Flying squirrels are among the most entertaining animals you can find in nature. Once you discover the joy that these furry foragers bring, you will understand the importance of humane squirrel control in keeping cute little animals like these in the Milwaukee area.

Squirrels of Wisconsin


Wisconsin has two species of the flying squirrel. They are the Northern Flying Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel with the former being the larger of the two. These squirrels are able to glide through the air because of a flap of skin on both sides of the body that operates like wings. The flap extends along the side of the body from front leg to hind leg. The squirrels don’t technically fly. Instead, they glide from one point to the next after jumping.

Where to Find the Wisconsin Flying Squirrel


If you want to observe Milwaukee’s flying squirrels in their element you need to venture outside of your domestic space. The furry foragers can be found in forest spaces with trees that provide the perfect launching platforms for the squirrels to glide around above the ground. The best time to observe these animals in action is from the late evening into the night. This is because they are nocturnal. During the day they are only seen if they are disturbed as their preference is to remain in repose huddled in tree cavities (such as holes carved out by woodpeckers).

If you want the pleasure of observing flying squirrels in your own backyard there are some things you can do to encourage them to come to play. A great way to do this is to put out a bird feeder late in the evening when larger squirrels and birds have retired to their nests. Tree squirrels love nuts and seeds and so they will gravitate to the feeders. Other food that will attract them include meat, fruits, and berries such as mountain ash, juneberry, and huckleberry. If you live near a natural space such as a forest that is already occupied by flying squirrels, you are in an ideal position to invite them over.

Over time, you could get the flying squirrels to respond to your call. To do this, you should tap on a metal object repeatedly just after replenishing the seed supply in the bird feeder. As time passes, the squirrels will make the association and scamper or glide towards the bird feeder once the sound is made.

Why Tree Squirrels Should Remain Outside Your Building


But while you will certainly enjoy watching the acrobatic exploits of tree squirrels outside, you most certainly do not want them inside your building. Like most other wildlife animals, flying squirrels should only be entertained on the outside. Once they get inside they bring with them (albeit unintentionally) diseases associated with wildlife. They also may damage the building and its contents as they glide around in a bid to escape or gnaw on sections.

This is why you need wildlife specialists like Skedaddle if flying squirrels hang out in your area. Our wildlife technicians can implement exclusion strategies to ensure that squirrels stay out of your building. If you already have squirrels inside, they can remove them humanely before implementing exclusion strategies to prevent their return. With these squirrel control experts on your side, your Milwaukee property can remain intrusion free even as you enjoy the entertainment of squirrels in your outdoor spaces.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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