- Flying squirrels are rodents, like all squirrels. They don't actually fly, but glide on flaps between their front and hind legs. They are nocturnal
animals, and they are colonizing - they live in groups. They usually live in trees, just like the Gray Squirrels, but just like the Grays, they love to live inside of
If you have flying squirrels in the attic, you will notice noise at night, since that's when these animals are active. They will leave the house at dark
and forage, and come back a few times, and retire by morning. They don't make quite as much noise as their larger daytime cousins, but because they live in large groups,
you're sure to hear them. You will also eventually smell them. Fliers have a very distinct odor, and they tend to keep communal toilets - they all poop repeatedly
in one place.
Flying squirrels like to live in attics, because an attic is just like a big, hollow tree. It's a great place to live. They don't need much
space to get inside, and will often chew to make room.
These photos show a flying squirrel about to leave the attic via its exit hole near the peak of the roof, at the
gable. The key to removing these animals is similar to most other attic critters - find out how they get in (such as the above hole) and mount a trap on the hole to catch
them. A repeating trap is great for Flying Squirrels, you can catch them all at once. They can also be caught in separate cage traps or even snap-type rat traps,
but I'd rather not see anyone kill Flying Squirrels. They are neat animals! I really think the repeater trap is the best method for Flying Squirrel removal.
If you need Flying Squirrel Control, it's probably your best bet to hire an expert who can identify the entry hole(s) and mount a repeater trap right on the hole. To do
the job correctly, all possible entry points must be sealed shut. This also prevents any future infestations.
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About 6 months ago we heard scratching inside the wall and had no idea what it could be! It was impossible to sleep, but I was afraid to just open the wall at 2am and have "someone" come popping out! What would I do with him? The next a.m. I set up a cat carrier and opened up the wall...but no one was there. I held a mirror up and nothing. That night, though, more scratching and jumping...next a.m. I opened up the next wall bay and found, sadly, a dead flying squirrel at the bottom of the wall. I couldn't save him, never occurred to me it would be a flying squirrel...
about a month later there was ANOTHER scratching and jumping in the same wall, different bay. this time I knew it was a flying squirrel, set up the cat carrier and cut into the wall. Later that day he went into the cat trap...and just as quickly got out and ran all around the house with me and the cats chasing him. Finally got him and relocated him 10 miles away.
Now, 6 months later, we have flying squirrels in the attic (which is actually where the were before they got trapped in the wall). I have seen them flying from the roof to the birdfeeders...went up to the attic and saw one peering at me from a rafter...I set up a havahart trap last night but the squirrel got the peanut butter and crackers without setting off the trap!
My dog barks all night at the scratching of this squirrel(s?). The scratching and gnawing is keeping ME up too. I can't sleep, can't work the next day. I have a metal roof but it wasn't installed properly so I don't know what they are scratching/gnawing at: wood, or acorns? I don't think I'll be able to keep my job if this keeps up!!!
Now I read your article about not trapping squirrels if they could have infants...
It is October 4 and I live in KY...Is it possible this squirrel has baby flying squirrels?
We have so many bird houses that most squirrels used them...until wasps came along and now I fear one got stung and they want to come in the house.
Anyway, is it likely this is a mother squirrel in the attic, with babies? Or too late in the season? Up until a week ago we had weather in the 90s all summer. Now it is about 50 degrees outside.
Anyway, how can I remove this flying squirrel from my attic with assurance I'm not leaving babies behind to die? I would set up one of those one-way doors so the squirrel goes out and can't come back in...but that would be leaving the babies behind too, right? So havahart or one-way door could have the same result.
I hope it is too late in the season for baby squirrels!
Thank you for your advice!
Hannah in KY
I honestly don't know much about Flying Squirrels. However, the young
are born in April, so October is safe.
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