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Flying Squirrel Control - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

A trapped flying squirrel with its front paws on the cage trap door looking like it is pleading to be released.

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 entry hole in a soffit screen in Hoover, Alabama
    Flying squirrel hole in a soffit screen in Hoover
  • Man inspecting the edge of the roof of a house in Pelham Alabama for gaps he needs to seal to keep flying squirrels out of the attic
    Flying squirrel exclusion in Pelham
  • Roof gap in a house in Hueytown Alabama, let flying squirrels into house
    Flyinng squirrel entry in a house in Hueytown
  • Flying squirrel gnawed a hole in the roof fascia at a house in Helena Alabama
    Flying squirrel hole in Helena
  • Flying squirrel droppings and urine on a plywood door in an attic
    Flying squirrel droppings and urine in an attic
  • Flying squirrels chewed through the shingles for about four inches from the end of the very peak of the roof of a house in Hoover Alabama
    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Hoover
  • Flying squirrel entry gap of more than an inch between the roof sheathing and the fascia of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Flying squirrel entry gap in Birmingham
  • Flying squirrels droppings in an attic in Vestavia, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Vestavia
  • Flying squirrel entry gap of about an inch between the roof sheathing and fascia of a house in Hoover Alabama
    How flying squirrels got into a house in Hoover
  • Flying squirrel near a hole in the plywood roof sheathing by the peak inside the unfinished attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Flying squirrel in an attic in Birmingham
  • Man on a roof sealing flying squirrels out of the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Flying squirrel removal job in Birmingham
  • Flying squirrel hiding under a sweater that it chewed up in an attic
    Flying squirrel trying to hide from our tech
  • The sheathing is missing from under the shingles and there is a triangular gap under the tar paper that allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a Trussville Alabama home.
    Flying squirrel gap into an attic in Trussville
  • Flying Squirrel
    Flying Squirrel
  • Flying squirrel hole in a water damaged plywood soffit panel right up against the metal soffit vent at a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Flying squirrel hole into a soffit in Tuscaloosa
  • Gap between the roof trim and the brick chimney of a house in Birmingham Alabama allowed flying squirrels into the house
    Flying squirrel entry gap in Birmingham
  • Baby flying squirrels on a tree after being trapped, relocated, and released from a house
    Baby flying squirrels in after being released
  • A gap just barely larger than the tips of two outstretched fingers allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Flying squirrel gap into a Birmingham home
  • Flying squirrel droppings and urine on the lid of a bucket and in the insulation in the attic of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Flying squirrel mess in an attic in Leeds
  • Flying squirrel droppings and acorn shells inside a bucket in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Evidence of flying squirrels in an attic in Hoover
  • 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 droppings in the attic of a house in Birmingham, AL
    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic
  • Flying squirrel droppings and damage to an air conditioning duct in Pell City, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings and damage in Pell City
  • A gap about the size of a golf ball between a bend the plastic fascia material and the wooden soffit at a corner allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Flying squirrel gap into a soffit in Tuscaloosa

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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Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

A gap about the size of a golf ball between a bend in some sort of plastic fascia material and the wooden soffit at a corner allowed flying squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We have a wildlife-removal crew relocating the flying squirrels and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:59:29 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

A gap between the roof flashing and the rain gutter where an extension was added to a house allowed flying squirrels to get into the attic of a Hoover, Alabama home. Animal-removal specialists from our Birmingham office are at the house setting traps to catch and relocate the flying squirrels, and are animal-proofing the roof to keep wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2022 09:18:32 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

An animal-control crew from our Birmingham office is doing flying squirrel removal in Trussville, Alabama. There's a section of roof where the sheathing is entirely missing from under the shingles that we'll have to repair to keep flying squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2022 10:31:27 am.

Animal-control specialists from our Birmingham office are doing flying squirrel removal and exclusion in Hoover, Alabama today. Flying squirrels are able to glide from nearby trees onto homes, which helps them to avoid ground-dwelling predators. It also makes them a real challenge to seal out of a house.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:57:06 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Let's Start the Day with a Video of Flying Squirrel Removal and Exclusion in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 09:48:14 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

Newnan this morning for raccoons, then off to sharpsburg for mice and down to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2022 02:15:53 pm.

Crazy week so far, bats and carpenter bees are in full swing, from Athens to Suwannee, over to Duluth then to Alpharetta and Atlanta. Now this morning, I am in conyers with rats and squirrels
by Chris Collender
Mar 23, 2022 10:48:04 am.

Busy day today. Leaving a Tifton Ga bat quote that we’re going to seal next week. Headed to Coolidge Ga for another bat quote. Droppings on the driveway got the customers attention and squeaky sounds coming from the attic. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 21, 2022 12:24:07 pm.

Yesterday was another busy day, Ellijay had some flyers, then to norcross for rats, Athens with grey squirrels and woodstock with bats and rats
by Chris Collender
Mar 16, 2022 08:03:54 am.

Rats in temple ga, squirrels are running crazy in Dallas, ga
by Chris Collender
Mar 14, 2022 09:16:15 am.

Bats and squirrels today in Macon, Warner Robins and Perry Ga. Going out to give free quotes today to help protect their homes and businesses.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 10, 2022 06:55:24 am.

Bats are flying, went from lula ga, to bogart, down to newnan and McDonough.
by Chris Collender
Mar 09, 2022 01:59:40 pm.

Busy day, did 2 quotes for rats, Locus grove and then Atlanta, then headed to Marietta, squirrels and more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 28, 2022 07:30:00 pm.

Went to blue ridge, flyers in the metal roof, headed to Atlanta with rats in the basement
by Chris Collender
Feb 14, 2022 11:15:00 am.

Not a bad day, flyers in McDonough, rats in dacula and Decatur, headed to Marietta now for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 07, 2022 12:25:06 pm.

Squirrels in Douglasville to Rome with flyers, lots of stops todyab
by Chris Collender
Feb 03, 2022 02:41:31 pm.

Not a bad day, Gainesville for mice, Covington and Riverdale for squirrels,and then Smyrna for a insulation quote
by Chris Collender
Jan 31, 2022 02:39:05 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. We are fully licensed and insured.

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