Flying squirrels are the aviators of the rodent world; but technically speaking, they can't really fly so much as they can glide. They can't take off from the ground and gain altitude like a bird or a bat can. They have a membrane stretched between their legs, not true aerodynamic wings that would allow them to truly fly. But "gliding squirrels" just doesn't have the same ring to it as "flying squirrels" does.
What flying squirrels can do quite well is glide for great distances, with pinpoint accuracy, from higher places (like trees) to lower places (like your house). They have much better vision than most other rodents and can land with accuracy that would make an airline pilot proud. That makes them among the more challenging wildlife species to control. They don't need a way to get from the ground to the attic of the house. They can just climb a nearby tree and glide there.
The other thing that makes flying squirrels hard to control is that they're much smaller and slimmer than grey squirrels are, so they can get through much smaller gaps. And if they can't find one that they like, they'll just gnaw one. Like all rodents, flying squirrels are blessed with sharp teeth and powerful jaws that enable them to chew through most building materials.
Aside from the damage they do getting into a house, flying squirrels also cause damage by gnawing on stored products and electrical wires, tearing insulation off the walls and from between the rafters, shredding whatever is convenient to use as nesting materials, and contaminated your attic with their poop, pee, and shed parasites. They may be small and cute, and their gliding abilities may be impressive; but when they get into your home, they're a menace.
Flying squirrels are protected animals and can't be deliberately killed using poisons or kill traps. They have to be humanely removed without harm and relocated elsewhere. Once they're gone, the house has to be sealed up so "new" flying squirrels (or other animals) can't get in to replace the ones we removed. As you might imagine, safe, humane, non-chemical control of flying squirrels is painstaking work that requires a keen knowledge of flying squirrels' abilities and habits, as well as great attention to detail. That's why DIY flying squirrel exclusion or work done by handymen almost always fails. Most folks have no idea how talented these animals are at getting into homes, much less how to keep flying squirrels out of their attics.
In addition to removing the flying squirrels and sealing them out of your home, we can optionally provide insulation replacement service to remove the old, smelly, contaminated insulation, safely dispose of it, and replace it with fresh, clean, energy-efficient, new insulation. Our prices for insulation are very competitive because we own our own insulation-installation equipment and have technicians who are trained to operate it.
Here are some randomly-selected pictures of flying squirrel-control work we've done in Tennessee and elsewhere.
Flying squirrel droppings in a Collegedale attic
Flying squirrel removed from a Chattanooga home
Flying squirrel entry point in East Brainerd
Flying squirrel entry gap in Chattanooga
Baby flying squirrels on a roof in Dunlap
Flying squirrel damage in Red Bank
Flying squirrel trying to hide from our tech
Evidence of flying squirrels in Jasper
DIY flying squirrel control fail
Flying squirrel chew hole in Soddy-Daisy
Flying squirrel entry gap in Jasper
Flying squirrel removal job in Signal Mountain
Baby flying squirrels in after being released
A flying squirrel caught in an attic by our tech
Juvenile flying squirrels
How flying squirrels got into a Chattanooga home
Flying squirrel hole in East Ridge
Flying squirrel droppings and urine in an attic
Flying squirrels got in through the ridge vent
How flying squirrels got into a house in Harrison
Flying squirrel entry gap in Harrison
Flying squirrel hole in a house in Middle Valley
Please contact us to learn more about flying squirrel removal and exclusion. Thank you for considering Rid-A-Critter for your animal-control needs.