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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 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
  • Flying Squirel
    Flying Squirrel
  • 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
  • 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
    Flying Squirrel
  • Flying squirrel looking directly at the technician's camera in an attic
    A flying squirrel caught in an attic by our tech
  • 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
  • Baby flying squirrels on a tree after being trapped, relocated, and released from a house
    Baby flying squirrels in after being released
  • Flying squirrels enlarged a hole in the wooden siding where a condensate drain passed through to about the size and shape of an egg to get into a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Flying squirrel hole through the siding in Hoover
  • 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 droppings and urine on what appears to be a rolled up carpet stored in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Flying squirrel mess in an attic in Hoover
  • 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 droppings in the attic of a house in Birmingham, AL
    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic
  • Ridge vent on the roof of a house through which flying squirrels got into the attic
    Flying squirrels got in through the ridge vent
  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and fascia board of a house in Hoover Alabama
    Flying squirrel damage to a home in Hoover
  • Juvenile flying squirrels in a squirrel control technician's hand
    Juvenile flying squirrels
  • 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 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
  • Flying squirrel droppings and damage to an air conditioning duct in Pell City, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings and damage in Pell City
  • Flying squirrel gnawed a hole in the roof fascia at a house in Helena Alabama
    Flying squirrel hole in Helena
  • Roof gap in a house in Hueytown Alabama, let flying squirrels into house
    Flyinng squirrel entry in a house in Hueytown
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

A sloppy job of flashing where two sections of roof meet at a junction point is the reason we're removing flying squirrels from the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home today. Our wildlife-management specialists are re-flashing the roof to animal-proof the house, as well as relocating the furry flyers to a new hangar in the forest.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 11:39:22 am.

A handyman tried to use insulating foam to seal a two-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia and keep squirrels out of the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. It didn't work, of course. It never does. We have a crew of squirrel-removal professionals properly animal-proofing the house, as well as trapping and relocating the existing squirrels.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 10:16:59 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Flying squirrels enlarged a hole in the siding where a condensate drain passed through to about the size and shape of an egg to get into a house in Hoover, Alabama. As with all rodents, flying squirrels need an edge they can wrap their jaws around to gnaw their way into a house.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2022 08:22:07 am.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

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.

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, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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