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Flying Squirrel Control - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

A flying squirrel in a cage with limbs spread

Flying squirrels have membranes between their legs and bodies that form "wings," enabling them to glide through the air.

Flying squirrels are small, furry squirrels with membranous "wings" between their legs and bodies, which enable them to glide through the air. The technical name for their "wing" is the patagium, and by controlling its tautness, they're able to steer. They control their descent and landing using their tails in a similar way to how the elevator of an airplane works.

These abilities give flying squirrels considerable control over their flight and the ability to land with impressive accuracy, which is why they're called flying squirrels. The one thing they can't do, however, is increase their altitude, including taking off from the ground. They can only glide from a higher area to a lower one.

Nonetheless, even being able to glide is enough to make flying squirrels quite a nuisance. They can get into any place a gray squirrel can, plus quite a few places where they can't. Unlike gray squirrels, flying squirrels leap from nearby trees and gently glide to your home, so simply trimming the tree branches back so they don't overhang your home isn't enough to keep these critters out.

Once they get into your home, they create the same sort of problems that gray squirrels do, including:

Flying Squirrel Biology and Behavior

A Southern flying squirrel on the limb of a tree

A Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomy volans) on the limb of a tree.

The most common of the flying squirrel species we get in Alabama is known as the Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomy volans). Occasionally we also get the Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomy sabrinus), which is a bit larger, as well. Both species have similar biology and habits.

Flying squirrels are the smallest of all members of the squirrel family, and they are the only nocturnal tree squirrels. The are usually grayish in color, but there's quite a bit of variation possible, ranging from tan, to reddish-brown, to almost black. They prefer living in established forests with dense tree cover, although they have adapted to living in human-occupied buildings.

Most flying squirrel young are born in the spring or summer, and although they are weaned at about eight weeks, most flying squirrels stay with their mothers until her next litter is born.

Flying squirrels are omnivorous, but most of their diet is plant based. They eat fruits, nuts, mushrooms, lichens, and tree sap; but they've also been known to feast on small mice, birds' eggs and nestlings, slugs, snails, carrion, insects, and other animal foods. One way to tell if a flying squirrel has been eating a nut is that rather than crushing the whole nut, they make a hole in one end and eat the insides out through the hole.

Transmission of disease directly from flying squirrels to humans is rare. However, they do have fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can be involved in disease transmission, and their droppings can serve as breeding media for a variety of insects and fungi.

Flying Squirrel Control

Two baby flying squirrels in a technician's hand

Two juvenile flying squirrels found by one of our technicians

Flying squirrels are not considered "pests," and therefore there is no such thing as a "flying squirrel exterminator." They're nuisance wildlife, and they must be humanely trapped and removed. Exterminators who leave poison bait for flying squirrels are breaking both state of Alabama and federal laws. They're also setting their customers up for serious problems with odors and insects if the animals die inside the home, especially inside a wall or ceiling void where their carcasses are difficult to find and retrieve.

At Rid-A-Critter, we have performed thousands of flying squirrel removal jobs, and we do them the right way. We humanely trap and relocate the animals, preserving family groups whenever possible. In the case of orphaned or injured animals, all of our technicians have a list of certified wildlife rehabilitators whom we work with and who will accept our animals.

After the flying squirrels are trapped, we also seal up your home so that "new" flying squirrels can't get into the attic. This exclusion work will also animal-proof your home to keep other nuisance animals out of your house.

Like all animal control work, flying squirrel control and exclusion is potentially hazardous work that requires special training, equipment, and safety precautions. This is not a do-it-yourself kind of job. Save yourself the trouble and call us instead.

Flying Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of flying squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing jobs we've done in Birmingham and throughout the Metro area.

  • Flying squirrel droppings in the attic of a house in Birmingham, AL

    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic

  • Flying squirrel urine and feces on the lower sill of the lower left portion of an octagonal gable vent in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel mess in an attic in Hoover

  • Flying squirrels droppings in an attic in Vestavia, Alabama

    Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Vestavia

  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and sheathing to get into a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Hoover

  • A flying squirrel hole in the exterior wall of a home in Pell City, AL

    Flying squirrel hole in a Pell City house

  • Man standing on a gently sloped roof peering into the junction of a dormer to find out how flying squirrels were getting into the attic

    Inspecting a Birmingham home for flying squirrels

  • Flying squirrel entry hole in a soffit screen in Hoover, Alabama

    Flying squirrel hole in a soffit screen in Hoover

  • Triangular gap between the shingles and the timbers in the roof of an Anniston Alabama home allowed flying squirrels into the attic

    Flying squirrel entry gap into an Anniston home

  • Man on a roof sealing flying squirrels out of the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Flying squirrel removal job in Birmingham

  • Ridge vent on the roof of a house through which flying squirrels got into the attic

    Flying squirrels got in through the ridge vent

  • A construction gap in a roof that flying squirrels used by flying squirrels

    Flying squirrel entry point in Mountain Brook

  • Hole in the soffit that flying squirrels used to get into a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Flying squirrel entry point in Valdosta

  • A soffit vent that allowed flying squirrels to get into a house in Birmingham, Alabama

    Flying squirrel entry through vent in Birmingham

  • View along a roof at a hole through which flying squirrels were getting into a house

    Flying squirrel entry hole in a house in Oxford

  • Flying squirrels gnawed a hole about four inches high by two inches wide and exposed the inner insulation in the insulated wallboard in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel damage in an attic in Hoover

  • Flying squirrel looking directly at the technician's camera in an attic

    A flying squirrel caught in an attic by our tech

  • Flying Squirel

    Flying Squirrel

  • Snake skin hanging from a gap between the stones that flying squirrels used to get into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Flying squirrel gap into a house in Birmingham

  • Flying squirrel gnawed a hole through the roof sheathing

    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham

  • Flying squirrels chewed an irregular hole through the metal covered insulated wallboard to build a nest in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel damage in an attic in Hoover

  • Homeowner tried to seal flying squirrels out with sheet metal, but the flying squirrels just gnawed a new hole next to the metal patch

    DIY flying squirrel control fail

  • Flying squirrel hiding under a sweater that it chewed up in an attic

    Flying squirrel trying to hide from our tech

  • One piece of trim at the peak of the roof is sticking out from the bricks and allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a Hoover Alabama home.

    Flying squirrel gap into an attic in Hoover

  • Gap between roof and sheathing allowed flying squirrels into a house in Homewood

    Flying squirrel entry gap found in Homewood

If you need help keeping flying squirrels out of your home's attic, please call us today for an on-site inspection and consultation.


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Video of a Flying Squirrel in the Attic of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Oct 12, 2020 09:55:26 am.

Why This House in Hoover, Alabama Needs Flying Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2020 09:30:26 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Our Birmingham office has a crew at work repairing flying squirrel damage to the peak of the roof of a house in Hoover, Alabama. We'll also be trapping and humanely relocating the flying squirrels who are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:54:31 am.

He have a crew trapping and relocating flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. The flying squirrels did quite a bit of damage in the attic, which we'll be repairing, as well.
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2020 10:16:37 am.

Video of Flying Squirrels in a Gable Vent in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2020 10:18:47 am.

A new customer just called and told us she has flying squirrels in the attic of her house in Hoover, Alabama. We have an inspector on the way to check it out.
by Webmaster
Jul 10, 2020 10:49:36 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Example of Flying Squirrel Damage in the Attic of a House in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2020 10:00:58 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

A Gap in the Roof Allowed Flying Squirrels into the Attic of an Anniston, Alabama Home
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2020 12:10:18 pm.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Bees and bugs are flying in Birmingham. Spring is here, bats, squirrels and birds will be getting active.
by Dean Scott
Mar 19, 2020 12:39:50 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

We're Doing a Flying-Squirrel Removal Job in Birmingham
by Webmaster
Feb 28, 2020 09:39:20 am.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Scenery at a Flying Squirrel Removal Job in Pelham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2020 10:46:15 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Our Crew Sealing Flying Squirrels out of a House in Pelham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2020 10:41:40 am.

Here's Justin Sealing Flying Squirrels out of the Attic of a House in Birmingham
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2020 11:10:07 am.

Here'a a Flying Squirrel Gap into a Stone House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2020 11:06:25 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides flying squirrel removal and exclusion in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas.

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