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Flying Squirrel Control - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

A flying squirrel with its front paws on a cage trap door looking as if 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 droppings in an attic in Vestavia, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Vestavia
  • 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 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
  • Baby flying squirrels on a tree after being trapped, relocated, and released from a house
    Baby flying squirrels in after being released
  • Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover, Alabama caused fire hazard
    Wires gnawed by flying squirrels 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
  • 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 flying squirrel hole in the exterior wall of a home in Pell City, AL
    Flying squirrel hole in a Pell City house
  • Flying Squirel
    Flying Squirrel
  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and fascia board of a house in Hoover Alabama
    Flying squirrel damage to a home in Hoover
  • Flying squirrel gnawed a hole in the roof fascia at a house in Helena Alabama
    Flying squirrel hole in Helena
  • 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 looking directly at the technician's camera in an attic
    A flying squirrel caught in an attic by our tech
  • A baby flying squirrel sleeping in a technician's gloved hand after being removed from a Birmingham home.
    Flying squirrel removed from a Birmingham home
  • 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 between the joists of an attic in Birmingham, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic
  • Roof gap in a house in Hueytown Alabama, let flying squirrels into house
    Flyinng squirrel entry in a house in Hueytown
  • 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
  • Urine dripping down the side of the house from the soffit is evidence of a flying squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Flying squirrel urine on a house in Tuscaloosa
  • Gap between roof and sheathing allowed flying squirrels into a house in Homewood
    Flying squirrel entry gap found in Homewood
  • Flying squirrel droppings and urine on a plywood door in an attic
    Flying squirrel droppings and urine in an attic
  • A soffit vent that allowed flying squirrels to get into a house in Birmingham, Alabama
    Flying squirrel entry through vent 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
  • Flying Squirrel
    Flying Squirrel

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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The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Technicians at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama flying squirrel removal job will be replacing a water-damaged soffit panel that flying squirrels chewed through to get into the attic. There wasn't enough left of it to repair. It will also help prevent future problems with nuisance wildlife getting into the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 09:41:09 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Urine dripping down the side of the house from the soffit was evidence of a flying squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Flying squirrel removal and exclusion can be challenging because they're very slender animals under all that fur, and because of their ability to fly. Other than that, trapping, removal, and exclusion of flying squirrels is similar to other wildlife removal work.
by Webmaster
Jan 10, 2022 10:31:27 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Ridacritters Birmingham Al crew is doing a great job helping customers with their pest wildlife issues. Removal and prevention of pest rats, pest squirrels, pest bats and much more is our focus. Over 20 years getting nuisance animals out.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 16, 2021 06:23:51 am.

Seems a though pest flying squirrels and other pest wildlife are on the move in the Birmingham, AL areas. We have seen an uptick in calls for nuisance pest animals all over Birmingham. We remove and prevent pest wildlife like squirrels etc.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 15, 2021 04:52:38 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

Middle to South Georgia squirrels in the attic? Protecting homes since 2001 against wildlife. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 03, 2021 03:50:03 pm.

Another beautiful day in Metro Birmingham to be a wildlife removal expert! The cold temps this past week have the flying squirrels headed to attics again!
by Jason McFarland
Dec 02, 2021 11:07:58 am.

Just finished up on a free quote in Albany Ga. Afterwards I was able to let the customer know that the noises they’ve been hearing are squirrels. Now headed to another in Macon Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 01, 2021 11:07:54 am.

Good morning! Headed to Birmingham to quote a client with a multitude of rodent issues squirrels in the attic and rats in the crawl space. Then off to vestavia for squirrels and raccoons. Then to mccalla for more squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 01, 2021 09:20:33 am.

We're sending a crew from our Birmingham to a Hoover, Alabama flying squirrel removal job. Because of their small size and ability to fly, flying squirrel exclusion can be a challenge even for experienced wildlife-removal companies. Even the tiniest of gaps must be sealed to keep the animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2021 10:46:58 am.

The wildlife might be out of your house but they probably left something behind - like urine and feces, YUCK! Call us for quote to remove contaminated insulation and blow new back in! We can help!
by Amber A.
Nov 29, 2021 06:21:45 pm.

Extensive droppings and urine were unpleasant evidence of flying squirrels who decided to make the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama their hangar. We're trapping and removing the pesky flyers and sending them on their way, and sealing the roof to keep flying squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 29, 2021 11:16:31 am.

Are you experiencing attic pest wildlife such as squirrels, rats or mice? Ridacritter can help you. We remove those and other animals from attics, walls and crawl spaces. You don't have to share your home with unwelcome furry critters.
by Richard Adcock
Nov 29, 2021 06:14:59 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, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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