Flying squirrels are nocturnal, feeding primarily on tree nuts and seeds. In the winter months when temperatures drop, flying squirrels tend to group up in colonies. Typically, flying squirrels will occupy tree cavities, but they are more than happy to overwinter in your attic space as well. Like other squirrel species, flying squirrels will typically take advantage of vulnerable areas along the roofline, chewing a golf ball sized hole to gain access. Unlike other squirrel species, flying squirrels have the ability to glide due to an enlarged membrane called a patagium that connects to their front and rear legs. Flying squirrels have been known to glide distances of over 100 feet, allowing them to access your roofline from trees far away from the house.
It is not uncommon to find over two dozen flying squirrels occupying the same attic space during the winter. Typically, flying squirrel activity is reported as sounding like partying going on in the attic space at all hours of the night. Like other rodents, flying squirrels are tenacious chewers, often targeting electrical wiring, insulation, and storage items in the spaces they occupy. Because flying squirrels occupy structures in such high densities, droppings are often a concern. Flying squirrels use communal “toilets”, often all leaving their droppings in the same area.
Luckily, flying squirrels can be evicted from your home fairly easily. Wildlife specialists from Pest-End will use a variety of techniques including trapping and exclusion work to ensure all flying squirrels are removed from the property. If droppings and insulation damage in the attic are a concern, we also offer attic remediation services where we will clean up the mess and make sure the area is sanitized.