Flying Squirrel Removal & Trapping in MD, DC & Northern VA
Description: Flying squirrels are typically confused with young gray squirrels due to their size and squirrel characteristics. They are nocturnal animals equipped with two arms, two legs, large dark eyes, a flattened tail, gray-brown fur with a cream colored under belly, and very distinct flap of skin/fur that allows gliding flight for these squirrels, referred to as the patagium. The patagium does not allow for long distance flight. It simply equips the squirrel with a parachute-like ability, allowing them to glide as far as 200' feet or more. Although graceful during flight, ground life can be a potential danger for these small creatures (they are prey to house cats, snakes, owls, and other large mammals). They are colonizing animals by nature. Typically multiple are present in a given area at one time (approx. 10 - 30+ in any given colony).
Food Sources: Flying squirrels will dine on fruits, nuts, acorns, insects, flower buds & other vegetation, and even bird eggs. Flying squirrels are known for hoarding & storing food, usually acorns, mainly for survival during the winter months.
Life-Span & Reproduction: The mating season for flyers beings in February and continues through the month of March. After a gestation period of about 40 days, a litter of up to 7 young are born without any capabilities of their own. Flying squirrels will nest and nurture their young until they leave the nest (approx. 65 days or so after birth). They will practice hopping & gliding during the first few months of birth until they are successful. The young flyers are completely independent around 120 days of age. Flying squirrels can live up to 6 years in the wild and even longer in captivity. As stated above, they are primarily nocturnal as many of their predators will be active during the day.
Typical areas of Entry: Flying squirrel infestations typically occur in the attic or attic crawlspace of the home because flying squirrels prefer to be in lofty areas away from ground level. Flying squirrels are able to quickly & easily gain entry because of their size and climbing capabilities. They only need a hole the size of a quarter to gain entry. Flying squirrels are partial to entering, but are not limited to entry through: open chimney flues, open rooflines, unscreened gable, crawlspace, or roof vents, bath, kitchen & dryer exhaust vents, rotten fascia or soffits, rotten wood within the roofline, and a number of other potentially open areas within the exterior of a structure. Pertaining to chimneys: Starting a fire won't help - you will simply allow the damper to become open, allowing the flying squirrels easy access inside and in to the living space. Flying squirrels will be urinating & defecating in the areas they habituate (attic/crawlspace). Insulation, existing in the attic or crawlspace, will become soiled and an odor is likely to be profound due to the excrement & debris left behind. The "R" value, which dictates thermal resistance, will become declined over time as the flying squirrels disturb & tunnel through the insulation. Their continuous running and tunneling, even without debris left behind, can destroy and make insulation useless. Trappro offers attic insulation/debris removal & re-insulation.
Typical Treatment: Live cage trapping is NOT effective with flying squirrels, due to the fact that their bone compilation is mainly cartilage; they can easily escape from cage traps due to their size & flexibility. Because of this, Trappro advises using an "exclusion" tactic to rid your home or structure of these nuisances. First, a thorough inspection by a Trappro technician will be completed, area(s) of entry will be identified, and repair/sealing recommendations will be created. The technician will explain which areas need to be sealed & how, and these repairs/sealing with have to be made in direct conjunction with the installation of an "exclusion trap". Exclusion traps are one-way doors which allow smaller wildlife (unable to be caught in a live trap) to escape an enclosed area with NO re-entry. In order to assure NO re-entry, ALL existing openings will need to be permanently sealed IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the one way door is installed. By closing off all existing entry points, and installing a fabricated exit, the flying squirrels will have one way out, with no way back inside of the structure. Flyers have a natural instinct to hoard food and can hoard a month or more supply easily. Trappro recommends leaving the exclusion trap on the home or structure for 2 - 4+ weeks, in order to assure ALL flying squirrels have made a successful escape. Trappro ALWAYS includes the removal & permanent sealing of the exclusion trap site one all flyers have exited the building.
Dangers: Chewing is a dangerous tactic flying
squirrels are equipped with. Not only will chewing allow them entry
in to the home, but flying squirrels prefer to chew on electric &
utility wires (Fire Hazard), drywall, wood and all other types of
materials. Flying squirrels also carry ectoparasites (fleas, ticks,
bed bugs, lice) that are easily transferred to other surfaces, pets
Our professional trappers will also be able to seal up holes in attic or walls including fireplaces and vents where flying squirrels have entered the home. Trapping and exclusion of flying squirrels is available for homeowners and business owners throughout Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
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