Do They Cause Damage?
Flying Squirrels become a pest when they take up residence in homes, usually attic areas. Their nocturnal activity can cause sleepless nights for homeowners and their pungent urine can create odor problems and stains. They can do damage by chewing to gain access to an area.
What Can Masters Touch Do?
Control of Flying Squirrels relies on a thorough inspection by a knowledgeable professional who can identify the entry points and develop a strategy of exclusion and trapping. Entry points can be very difficult to locate. Once the entries are found, exclusion devices can be installed to allow the squirrels to exit but not return. In some cases trapping in the structure may be required. After all are out, entry points must be sealed to prevent re-infestation.
How Can You Help?
Maintaining the overall condition of the exterior is extremely important. Rotting or damaged trim, soffits, fascia boards and siding should be repaired quickly. Attic roof vents, gable and soffit vents should all be screened with heavy duty galvanized screen if you live in flying squirrel territory. Chimney caps are also recommended to help prevent unwanted visitors in the living spaces. Cutting back nearby trees can also help to make your home less attractive to them.
A Flying squirrels peak of activity is shortly after sunset as they venture outside to feed, and again an hour or two before sunrise as they return to the nest for the day. Occasionally they will make their way into living spaces by accident. Droppings are often mistakenly identified as mouse droppings but they appear slightly larger and have rounded ends. Flying Squirrels often live in large groups and it is not uncommon to capture 10 or more in one location.
Depending on the species (Northern or Southern) they have 1-2 litters per year with 2-6 young per litter. Young are born April-May and August-September. Adults have been known to live as long as 13 years. They typically inhabit wooded areas and feed on nuts, acorns, berries, seeds, insects and bird eggs.