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Southern Flying Squirrel Removal & Control Services



The Southern Flying Squirrel (flying squirrel) can adapt to human environments easily, and usually by choice. The flying squirrel can adapt easily due to the abundance of food and shelter. Humans provide food sources, such as bird feeders or squirrel feeders that are replenished regularly. Urban landscapes provide attractive nuts, buds, and fruits from trees that flying squirrels will favor. Once a flying squirrel has found a prevalent food source, it will look for a nesting site that is relatively close to that food source. In most instances, your home becomes the nesting site due to increases in urbanization or land development in flying squirrel inhabited areas, and a decline in large native trees in established neighborhoods. The flying squirrel will look for a spot to enter your home that poses the least resistance; gable vents, attic fans, or rotten wood behind your gutter or in your soffit are a few locations. Once the den hole is established, they will start to build their nest. The noise level in your home will increase once the flying squirrels begin bringing nesting material and food inside. It escalates when breeding season begins and when the young flying squirrels venture out and begin gnawing on the roof trusses or wall studs to wear down their teeth. Chewed electrical wires create the risk of fire, and odor issues from their droppings and urine can create a biohazard. As long as we continue to urbanize, cut down native nesting trees, and provide an abundance of food to the southern flying squirrel, they will continue to adapt to human environments and pose a threat to homes and human health.

If you need flying squirrel removal services, Blue Ridge Wildlife Management, LLC is here to help you. Please Contact Us to help solve your problem.

Identification Reproduction Other Information
Trapping Techniques Damage & Damage Areas  
Health Concerns FAQ's  

Trapping & Removal Techniques

Professional grade single-door or colony humane live capture traps are used. Live single- door cage traps are anchored on the building next to the hole, or placed in the attic when we cannot reach or pin point their entrance hole. Typically, we set live colony traps that are anchored over the hole and the flying squirrels are forced into the trap. Once the flying squirrels are trapped, we Repair the hole where they are entering so that it will not happen again.

Flying squirrel entrance hole   Colony trap with 13 flying squirrels
Flying squirrel entrance hole   Colony trap with 13 flying squirrels
Set above hole behind gutter   Set next to hole on cedar shakes
Set above hole behind gutter   Set next to hole on cedar shakes
Louver vent set anchored into brick   Louver vent set on roof
Louver vent set anchored into brick   Louver vent set on roof

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Damage and Damage Repairs

The most common areas that flying squirrels enter a home or business are behind the gutter near a downspout, through the gable end louver vents, or the attic fan. Look for bent louvers or a dark discoloration on the gutter where the flying squirrels are traveling.

Gable vent damage   Attic fan damage
Gable vent damage   Attic fan damage
Behind gutter damage   Cedar wood damage
Behind gutter damage   Cedar wood damage
AC line with electrical wire damage
AC line with electrical wire damage
Oval vent screen before   Oval vent screen after
Oval vent screen before and after
Attic fan cover before   Attic fan cover after
Attic fan cover before and after
Attic fan cover before   Attic fan cover after
Attic fan cover before and after

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Health Concerns

Mites and fleas can parasitize flying squirrels. Their droppings and urine can create odor issues and stains to interior and exterior walls. The droppings can pose a biohazard in homes that have had ongoing issues that have been ignored. The greatest health concern is the fire hazard risk due to the flying squirrels chewing on electrical wires. When flying squirrels nest inside a home or business, there is a chance that these parasites, mold spores, or odors described could travel throughout the building. The greatest health risk is fire.

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Identification


(Glaucomys volans) Order Rodentia


Body Size:

  • Ave. Length (Adult): 8" - 11" long. The tail is flat, 3" to 5" long, & ¾"-1" wide.
  • Ave. Weight (Adult): 1 ¼ oz. - 5 oz.
  • Young at Birth: Less than ¼ oz. They are pink and hairless, with eyes and ears closed. The flying membrane is transparent and visible.
  • 3 Weeks: They have short hair and their ears open.
  • 4-5 Weeks: Their eyes open.
  • 5-6 Weeks: They're fully furred. Young are weaned from their mother.
  • 6-8 Weeks: They leave the nest for first time, and the young usually stay with their mother until the next litter is born.

Fur Color:

The top of the body is covered predominately with short grayish black hair. The belly area is a cream color.

Voice and Sounds:

High pitched squeaks that usually last about 5 seconds and can be repeated in 10 minute intervals.

Scat:

It is ½" long and ¼" in diameter with both ends rounded.

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Reproduction

Time of Year: (2 Times) In February - March & May - July
Young Born: March - April & July - September
Gestation: 40 Days
Number of Young: Average 3 - 4
Weaning: 5 - 6 Weeks
Average Reproductive Age: 1 Year

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Other Information

Habitat:

Their habitat is in heavy deciduous timber, such as oak or hickory, not far from water. Deciduous trees are trees that lose their leaves in the fall.

Home:

Their home, or den, is typically in the cavity of a dead or living tree. The entrance hole to the den is usually no less than an inch in diameter. Soft materials, such as moss or leaves, line the den for comfort.

Home Range:

1 acre. This changes with food abundance.

Food:

Nuts, fruits, seeds, buds, flowers and cones make up their diet.

Habits:

They are strictly nocturnal, or nighttime animals.

Average Life Span:

They can survive up to 5 - 6 Years in the wild and up to 10 Years in captivity.

Average Size Family or Colony:

Summer colonies are usually 1 - 5. Winter colonies average from 10 - 15. We have captured as many as 32 in one home.

Glide:

Actually, flying squirrels do not fly; they glide. Their average glide is about 20 - 30 feet, but it is not unusual for them to glide 150 feet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge for flying squirrel services?
  • Yes. We are not funded by your local, state or federal government. We are a private business and must charge for our services.
  • See our Services page or Contact Us for pricing. Do you guarantee your flying squirrel service?
  • We guarantee that you will receive the most courteous, honest, and professional wildlife management service in southwest Virginia or it's FREE!
  • See Our Customer Service page for more details.
What does the flying squirrel service fee cover?
  • The service fee covers us coming out, inspecting the exterior to find all the holes, setting the traps, and keeping them baited as long as it takes to catch the flying squirrels.
  • The service fee price is based on the height of the house, and the accessibility to the holes. We will give you this price over the phone.
What does the per trip fee cover?
  • It is cost effective to the customer, knowing that we may catch several flying squirrels every trip.
  • The price per trip fee covers us coming out, removing the contaminated trap and flying squirrels from your property, resetting a clean trap with fresh bait, relocation of the flying squirrels, and cleaning and disinfecting the contaminated trap for the next customer.
Do I have to sign a contract agreement?
  • Yes. In order to protect you and our company, a contract must be signed.
  • Our contracts spell out the services to be provided, as well as our guarantee and warranties.
  • You should not do work with a company that is not willing to back up their work in writing.
  • See our Contract page for more details.
How many traps will you set?
  • We set a minimum of two professional grade single-door humane live capture traps or one professional humane live capture colony trap.
  • We will set more colony traps if needed.
Why are the traps covered?
  • We have rigid metal covers fabricated to cover the top, sides and bottom of the trap for several reasons:
    • The top and sides are to protect the flying squirrels from the weather.
    • The bottom is covered to help reduce any urine or feces from being left on your roof. It also reduces damage that the flying squirrel(s) can create by trying to dig its way out of the trap.
    • This cover also prevents curious people that may pass by from seeing the flying squirrel(s) in the trap.
    • It also reduces stress to the flying squirrel(s) while it is in the trap because it feels protected and unseen.
    • We do not use cloth material to cover our traps because the wind may blow it off, and the flying squirrels will usually pull the cloth into the trap, leaving it uncovered.
  • See our Animal Care section for more details.
Do you put enough food and water in the traps for the flying squirrels in case you cannot get to it right a way?
  • Yes. There is plenty of food for the flying squirrels.
  • Yes. In the warmer months, we will attach water bottles to the traps, if necessary. We like to place the traps in shaded areas to reduce heat and dehydration.
Will you inspect my attic and crawl space?
  • Yes, we will inspect your attic and/or crawl space to inspect for damages only after we have trapped the flying squirrels out of your house.
  • We will inspect your attic and/or crawl space if we are having trouble finding the entrance hole, which is rare.
How long is the service fee good for?
  • Your contract will specify the time period that it is good for, which is usually a minimum of 30 days.
  • If the flying squirrels have not been caught in 30 days, which is rare, we will leave the traps out as long as it takes to catch them at no additional service fee cost.
How long does your standard service last once you pull the traps?
  • Our standard service fee is usually a minimum of 30 days. If anymore flying squirrels are heard within one week of pulling the traps after the flying squirrels have been captured, then we will reset the traps.
Why did you pull the traps before 30 days?
  • Once the flying squirrels have been captured and we have not had any captures, or you have not seen or heard any activity in a week, then we will pull the traps and do the repairs. Leaving the traps set will only increase the chances of capturing squirrels looking for a new home.
  • You also have the option of purchasing the optional service warranty.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
Will you repair the damaged areas to prevent future problems?
  • Yes. We will inspect the entire structure to find the current problem area(s), as well as any potential problem areas that should be repaired. We will give you an itemized estimate of these repairs and prices in your contract. You have the option to do what repairs you feel comfortable with. We will only recommend repairs that we feel are important to prevent future problems.
  • We will typically do most of the repairs before we start the trapping. It is important to seal any other potential entrances or exits, so that the flying squirrels do not avoid the traps.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
Do you warranty your repairs?
  • All of our warranties have a one-year minimum, with an option to renew that warranty at the end of that year.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
How long does your optional service warranty last for squirrels?
  • For one year from the date of completion.
  • You must approve all of the repairs on the contract in order to get a full service warranty with the option to renew at the end of the year.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What is covered in my optional service warranty fee for flying squirrels?
  • The optional service warranty period will start upon completion of the repairs once the target animal(s) have been captured or after we pull the traps.
  • This warranty will cover coming out, setting traps and re-baiting them as long as it takes to catch the flying squirrels, and the per trip fee.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
How long will you renew your warranty?
  • As long as you keep paying the renewal fee, we will keep it under warranty.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What do I get with the annual service warranty renewal fee?
  • Once we receive your payment for the renewal, we will return to your home and inspect the repaired areas for penetration from flying squirrels.
  • If a flying squirrel penetrates the structure while it is under warranty, we will remove the flying squirrels, and repair the original damaged area for free.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What happens if a flying squirrel penetrates an area that did not require repair in the initial service?
  • We will remove the flying squirrels for free and there might be a minimal charge for the repair.
  • If the penetration point is obviously something we overlooked, there will be no charge at all to remove the flying squirrels and repair the damaged area.
What if a different type of animal penetrates your repairs?
  • If this were to happen, we probably would treat it as if it were the same animal.
Does this annual service warranty renewal fee inflate as the house gets older?
  • No it does not.
  • See our Warranty page for more details.
What does exclusion mean?
  • It is a technique where damaged areas or possible penetration points are made uninhabitable, or penetrable, to the squirrel.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
How often do you re-bait the traps?
  • We re-bait the traps every 1 to 5 days, depending on the time of year and weather.
  • We like to keep the bait as fresh, or not dried up, as possible. If you feel like the trap needs bait or you do not see the bait in the trap, call us and we will send someone out to re-bait it as soon as possible.
What if a flying squirrel is trapped when you come out to re-bait?
  • We will call you or leave a note on your door that we picked up an animal.
What types of bait do you use?
  • We use specialty paste baits that are formulated for flying squirrels. Professionals in our industry design them for professionals.
How many traps will you set?
  • We set a minimum of two traps, more if available.
  • See our Trapping page for more details.
Where do you set the traps?
  • We set the traps as close to the den hole area as possible.
Can the animal get out of the trap?
  • No. We use a professional grade trap with doors that lock once they close.
How much are the repairs?
  • We will inspect the entire structure to find the current problem area(s), as well as any potential problem areas that should be repaired. We will give you an itemized estimate of these repairs and prices in your contract. You have the option to do what repairs you feel comfortable with. We will only recommend repairs that we feel are important to prevent future problems.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
I could have 30 flying squirrels in my attic. Do I have to pay for 30 trips?
  • Average flying squirrel job requires 2 - 3 trips when we use colony traps, and that is only after we have sealed up any other potential openings first.
  • If we have to trap the flying squirrels in the attic, we will charge a flat rate to remove all of the flying squirrels.
How do I know what type of rodent is in my attic?
  • I am hearing a gnawing and scratching noise early in the morning before daylight and in the evening just after dark in the same place. It is probably gray squirrels.
  • I am hearing a lot of noise in my attic late at night, such as high-pitched chirps, gnawing, scratching and thumping noises. It is probably flying squirrels.
  • It is always safe to Contact Us and make sure. Other animals that frequent attics and wall voids are Opossums, Raccoons, Rats, and Mice.
When would be a good time for you to get in my attic to set the traps?
  • Typically, we do not set the traps in the attic space for flying squirrels because we can be more productive outside using a colony trap over the entrance or exit hole.
  • It is possible, and sometimes necessary, to trap flying squirrels in the attic, but takes a long time.
  • Entering the attic space where the flying squirrels are can be dangerous and it also makes the flying squirrels a little weary to the traps.
How soon can you set the traps?
  • We will typically set the traps the day you call.
  • We always have traps available.
  • We carry the necessary traps needed in our trucks daily on a seasonal basis to better service the customer the day they call.
  • We do not like to put anything off until tomorrow.
How often do you check the traps?
  • State law requires that the traps be checked daily.
  • We ask you, the customer, to check the traps and notify us when we have an animal in the trap.
  • If the customer checks the traps, it will eliminate additional costs to the customer, and it will also speed up the removal process.
How do I get in touch with the technician once a flying squirrel(s) is trapped?
  • Our contract and business cards have our office number on them.
  • Our secretary will notify the technician.
  • See the Contact Us page for more details.
We live out of town and cannot check the traps everyday.
  • We can provide a complete service to you.
  • If this is a rental property, we can contact the tenants and ask them to check the traps, if necessary.
We are going out of town next week and do not have anybody that can check the traps daily.
  • We will make arrangements to have our technicians check the traps for you.
  • An additional cost may be incurred.
Will you pick up trapped flying squirrels on the weekend and holidays?
  • Yes, we work on the weekends.
  • We typically shut the traps down for holidays, so that the customer does not have to be bothered with checking them.
How long does it take for a technician to pick up a flying squirrel(s) once I have called it in?
  • We will make every effort we can to pick up the flying squirrel(s) and reset a trap as soon as possible.
  • We often have two to three trucks out at a time, and the secretary will notify the closest technician to your property.
Where do you relocate the animals?
  • We have several areas that we can relocate the flying squirrels.
  • We take them a minimum of 10 miles away.
What do you do with the animal after you catch it?
  • Our permit allows us to transport the live flying squirrels to another location to be relocated.
Why can't you just seal up the hole(s) in the middle of the day when they are out of the house and we are not hearing any noise?
  • Flying squirrels are nocturnal, or nighttime animals.
  • You are taking a chance on sealing several flying squirrels in the house, and them dieing in there. See Dead Animal Removal page for more details.
  • Most importantly, once a flying squirrel(s) has established a nesting area in your home, it will do everything it can to stay.
  • The more that you mess with the flying squirrels, the smarter they get and the harder it is to trap them!
How do you all know when to seal up the hole?
  • Once we go a couple of days without catching anything, we will cover the hole with tape or just seal the hole.
  • Generally, once you go through a series of catches and they stop, you have removed the flying squirrels that know where that hole is.
  • If we are in doubt, we will contact the customer to see if they are hearing any noise.
There is a flying squirrel trapped in my wall; can you get it out?
  • There is a good chance that the flying squirrel is not trapped in the wall; it is most likely building a nest in that location.
  • Once a flying squirrel gets in a house, it can go anywhere.
  • If a flying squirrel is actually trapped in the wall void, then we can remove it by cutting a 4 ½ inch hole in the wall to remove it.
  • Please Contact Us so that we can set up an appointment.
I have a flying squirrel in my fireplace.
  • Not a problem; Contact Us to set up an appointment.
  • We will give you an estimate for a chimney cap(s) when we arrive.
  • See our Repairs page for more details.
I have a flying squirrel in my house or basement.
  • Not a problem; Contact Us to set up an appointment.
  • Usually, we can remove the flying squirrel shortly after we arrive. Trapping is necessary when a lot of obstructions are present.
  • We will tell you how and where the flying squirrel got in when we get there.
Can you remove the contaminated insulation from my attic?
  • Yes, we offer biohazard insulation cleanout and installation services.
  • See our Biohazard page for more details.

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