Flying squirrels dont really fly they glide from trees using a flap of loose skin that connects their front and hind legs, and can cross distances up to 150 feet using their tale to steer the direction.

Identification

  • Grayish brown body, white belly
  • Soft and thick fur
  • Weighs 4 to 6.5 ounces
  • Up to 12 inches long including the tail, which is nearly as long as the head and body
  • Large eyes
  • Make a low, soft chirp when they are in danger

Environment

  • Nocturnal but may also be seen during the day
  • Eat mostly plants, seeds, nuts, leaves, bark, flowers, and roots
  • Usually nest in tree cavities and sometimes make “dreys” during the warmer months

Threats

  • Occasionally find refuge in attics when roof gaps make it easily accessible
  • Will often make a nest in your attic insulation
  • Can cause odor and damage from urine
  • Can keep you away at night with their nocturnal activity

Treatment

  • Provide an exclusion barrier along the roofline
  • Set traps out
  • Locate and seal off any entry points ¼” or larger to prevent squirrels and other rodents from entering your home.
  • Caulk any openings or crevices.
  • To keep squirrels from using utility wires as a way to your attic, slit a 2-foot section of 2-inch PVC pipe lengthwise and slip it over the wire. This makes squirrels unable to maintain their footing when the pipe rotates.
  • Cut back tree limbs that are close to your structure.
  • Squirrel removal is not recommended for amateurs. Call Northwest Exterminating for squirrel removal.

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