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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.

  • Hole in the soffit that flying squirrels used to get into a house in Valdosta Alabama
    Flying squirrel entry point in Valdosta
  • Flying squirrel droppings in the attic of a house in Birmingham, AL
    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic
  • Small gap between the shingles and the roof trim at a junction point allowed flying squirrels into an attic in Homewood Alabama.
    Flying squirrel gap into an attic in Homewood
  • 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
  • Juvenile flying squirrels in a squirrel control technician's hand
    Juvenile flying squirrels
  • Baby flying squirrels on a tree after being trapped, relocated, and released from a house
    Baby flying squirrels in after being released
  • Flying squirrel entry hole in a soffit screen in Hoover, Alabama
    Flying squirrel hole in a soffit screen in Hoover
  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and fascia board of a house in Hoover Alabama
    Flying squirrel damage to a home in Hoover
  • 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
    Flying Squirrel
  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and sheathing to get into a house in Hoover Alabama
    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Hoover
  • Flying squirrel droppings and damage to an air conditioning duct in Pell City, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings and damage in Pell City
  • A flying squirrel hole in the exterior wall of a home in Pell City, AL
    Flying squirrel hole in a Pell City house
  • Flying squirrel gnawed a hole through the roof sheathing
    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham
  • Flying squirrels droppings in an attic in Vestavia, Alabama
    Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Vestavia
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 a plywood door in an attic
    Flying squirrel droppings and urine in an attic
  • Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover, Alabama caused fire hazard
    Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover
  • Exposed conductors on wires from flying squirrel gnawing in Birmingham Alabama
    Wiring damage from flying squirrels in Birmingham
  • 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
  • Large gap between the roof sheathing and fascia needs to be closed to exclude flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Flying squirrel gap into a Vestavia Hills home

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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Albany, Americus and Thomaston squirrel calls are on the rise. Scheduled them all today for exclusion quotes. Scratching noises in the attic prompted them to call. Call for your free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 19, 2021 10:16:47 am.

Another busy day. Off to Tuscaloosa to quote a couple of clients who are interested in having their homes sealed to prevent rodent entry. Then to Mountain Brook for some squirrels in an attic.
by Chris Scott
Oct 19, 2021 07:55:58 am.

As we get ready for the cooler weather, so do they! Monday has started off with lots of “animals/noises in attic” calls!! Call your local RAC office for an estimate on humane removal & exclusion!
by Amber A.
Oct 18, 2021 08:44:48 am.

Beautiful week ahead for helping customers rid critters from their attics. If you live in and around Birmingham AL, Atlanta, GA Macon, Ga and you hear animals in your home call Ridacritter. We can get those rats, bats & squirrels out.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 18, 2021 08:10:23 am.

Busy Saturday @ Ridacritter. We accepted new jobs or rat, mice, bat and squirrel removal in Indian Springs Village AL, Macon GA, Acworth GA, Harpersville AL & Albany GA. Don't share your house or attic with nuisance critters.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 17, 2021 09:07:05 am.

Wanna know the best way to get rid of rats, bats, squirrels, mice, raccoons and rodents? Call Ridacritter of course. A+ BBB, TrustDale Cert & over 20 years in business. Critter removal from attics and complete animal exclusions.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 14, 2021 08:19:18 am.

Headed out to Pell City to do a couple of evaluations for rodents one client has some snake issues under the house the other flying squirrels. Then a little drive over to Crowell for a rat and mouse quote.
by Chris Scott
Oct 14, 2021 08:16:35 am.

Had a busy day today! Couple of customers in hueytown with squirrels in their attics. Went down to Pelham for another squirrel quote. Then finished out the day in Vestavia Hills for two more squirrel quotes. Lots of squirrels jobs today.
by Chris Scott
Oct 12, 2021 09:14:00 pm.

Good morning! I’m off to Leeds for a hornet’s nest. Then headed to vestavia for mice and snakes. Got a couple quotes in Birmingham for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Oct 11, 2021 07:33:23 am.

Happy Friday! We’ve spent most of the morning getting calls about squirrels in the attic! If you’re hearing noises in the attic, give us a call for an estimate!
by Amber A.
Oct 08, 2021 10:44:38 am.

Good morning! I’m off to Bessemer Alabama. Got a customer with some squirrels in there attic. Then headed to Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide! Got a few quotes for mice and squirrels. Have a Good Friday. Everyone l!
by Chris Scott
Oct 08, 2021 07:30:02 am.

In Americus Ga quoting a bat exclusion job.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 06, 2021 11:08:51 am.

Rainy weather might stop us from wanting to go out, but not the squirrels, bats, or other rodents! If animals are getting into your home, give us a call for an estimate. We offer humane removal and full home exclusion services!
by Amber A.
Oct 06, 2021 08:06:31 am.

Valdosta bats and Americus squirrels has our crews in South Ga busy today.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 05, 2021 09:02:26 am.

Did you know a squirrels front teeth never stop growing? If they’re using your house as a teether, we can help! Call us today for a quote to humanely remove them and seal up your home!
by Amber A.
Oct 04, 2021 09:17:24 am.

Happy Monday! Looking forward to a great week.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 04, 2021 08:50:40 am.

Already a busy week lined up for next week. Squirrels, bats, rats from Valdosta all the way up to the Griffin.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 01, 2021 12:03:44 pm.

Happy First Day of October!! That means it’s getting closer to cool weather and the animals might seek a home in your home! Call us for a quote to animal proof your home!
by Amber A.
Oct 01, 2021 10:28:33 am.

We have technicians from our Birmingham office doing flying squirrel removal in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Sealing flying squirrels out of a house can be challenging due to the animals' small size and ability to glide through the air.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 10:14:03 am.

Mice chewed through the screen behind a foundation vent to get into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Mouse control experts from our Birmingham office are re-screening the vents to keep mice out of the house, and using traps to eliminate the existing mouse population.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:24:11 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Our inspector came face-to-face with a flying squirrel in the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. Our crews are sealing up the attic to keep flying squirrels and other animals out, and relocating the flying squirrel to the forest.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:35:01 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 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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