Flying Squirrels in the Attic
Flying squirrels in the attic are the most problematic animal removal situation for homeowners and wildlife removal companies to resolve. These small rodents are not much bigger than a mouse and attack all roof-line gaps. If every gap bigger than 3/4 inch is not sealed properly, this problem can continue for years every winter.
The biggest misconception with flying squirrels is they can actually fly hence the name flying squirrel. These animals are actually gliders and accomplish this feat by using a thin winglike membrane. This membrane at is attached on their sides between their feet and arms.
Depending on the speed and the direction of the wind, flying squirrels can glide up to 150 feet from heights as tall as 60 feet. These rodents can turn easily sometimes at sharp angles while gliding through the air. As a flying squirrel descends on the landing, the small rodent redirects their tail in an upward position to slow down its gliding speed. This gives the flying squirrel plenty of time to position its feet for grasping on a tree or roofing shingles.
To successfully remove these nuisance wildlife the best method is through exclusion. This means sealing up all potential entry points on and around the roof. Once the sealing up process is complete, a small gap should be left open where it appears the most activity is occurring. In front of this opening a one way door needs to be installed so the squirrels can leave but not re-enter. Most squirrels will typically leave every night so the problem literally should be gone overnight if all the proper measures have been taken.
In some instances if you have areas on the roof line that are inaccessible or are too dangerous to reach, rat snap traps can be put up in the attic. This is more of a short term solution but if you have a family of flying squirrels in the attic the sounds of scratching in the attic at 3am will quickly get your attention.
For all of your flying squirrel removal needs call General Pest Co. 704-777-8003