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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 squirrels droppings in an attic in Vestavia, Alabama

    Flying squirrel droppings in an attic in Vestavia

  • Exposed conductors on wires from flying squirrel gnawing in Birmingham Alabama

    Wiring damage from flying squirrels in Birmingham

  • Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover, Alabama caused fire hazard

    Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover

  • Juvenile flying squirrels in a squirrel control technician's hand

    Juvenile flying squirrels

  • Roof gap in a house in Hueytown Alabama, let flying squirrels into house

    Flyinng squirrel entry in a house in Hueytown

  • 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

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

    A flying squirrel caught in an attic by our tech

  • 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 hole in a soffit screen in Hoover, Alabama

    Flying squirrel hole in a soffit screen 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 squirrels gnawed through the shingles and sheathing to get into a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel damage to a house in Hoover

  • 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 Squirrel

    Flying Squirrel

  • Flying squirrel droppings between the joists of an attic in Birmingham, Alabama

    Flying squirrel droppings in a Birmingham attic

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

    Flying squirrel removal job in Birmingham

  • Flying Squirel

    Flying Squirrel

  • 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

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

    Flying squirrel entry through vent in Birmingham

  • Flying squirrels gnawed through the shingles and fascia board of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Flying squirrel damage to a home in Hoover

  • 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 gnawed a hole in the roof fascia at a house in Helena Alabama

    Flying squirrel hole in Helena

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

    Flying squirrel entry point in Valdosta

  • 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

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 Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
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by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

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by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Back to Hoover Alabama today Flying squirrels on the loose!
by James G.
Apr 15, 2021 09:09:59 am.

Off to Birmingham Alabama today to rangle some flying squirrels 🐿!
by James G.
Apr 06, 2021 09:07:48 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today Time to remove some flying squirrels
by James G.
Mar 24, 2021 09:15:46 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

A crew from our Birmingham office is trapping and removing flying squirrels from the attic of a house in Homewood, Alabama, and animal-proofing the roof so they can't get back in. They'll just have to find a new hangar.
by Webmaster
Mar 16, 2021 10:42:48 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Heading to Tuscaloosa Alabama today to battle some Squirrels 🐿 in attic!
by James G.
Mar 10, 2021 09:13:36 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today Chasing some flying squirrels.
by James G.
Feb 12, 2021 08:18:43 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today, Flying squirrels taking over a house. LETS GO RANGLE SOME SQUIRRELS!
by James G.
Jan 22, 2021 09:06:21 am.

Out in Sandy Springs and Kennesaw on this lovely day today. You squirrels don’t stand a chance!
by Chris G.
Jan 15, 2021 01:23:05 pm.

Heading to McCalla Alabama today To remove some flying squirrels.
by James G.
Jan 12, 2021 09:04:23 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Heading back to Trussville, Alabama To finish up the eviction of the flying squirrels!
by James G.
Jan 06, 2021 08:36:16 am.

Heading to trussville Alabama Homeowner reporting possible flying squirrels In attic.
by James G.
Jan 05, 2021 11:46:55 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

It’s definitely flying squirrel season in Metro Birmingham!!
by Dean Scott
Jan 05, 2021 07:07:47 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

This weather sure has the flying squirrels heading inside houses, as I have 3 stops in Metro Birmingham today and all are Flying squirrels in attics.
by Jason McFarland
Dec 31, 2020 09:43:25 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.

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