Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels don’t 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.

Flying squirrels have a grayish brown body with 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

Flying squirrels are 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

Occasionally, flying squirrels 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

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