Squirrels In The Attic – An Educational Guide for the Safe and Humane Removal of Flying Squirrels From Your Richmond, Virginia or Charlottesville, VA Home or Business.
Flying Squirrel Removal – (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975. If you want to get rid of flying squirrels in Virginia, the methods are fairly similar to the removal of the Eastern Gray Squirrels from Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. Except that Flying Squirrels usually occur in much greater numbers, so a repeating trap or gang setting a location is usually better than using a single-animal cage trap. But the principles for mounting the trap(s) or exclusion doors on the entry/exit holes, plus sealing all other points of entry still apply. Flying squirrel removal can be tricky, because these animals are small and can get into very tiny holes and gaps.
Step 1) Inspect the attic and be sure that you are in fact dealing with flying squirrels – they are identifiable by their droppings, toilet areas, tracks, scent, or by visual confirmation.
Step 2) Inspect the outside of the home or business to determine how they are getting inside. It’ll usually be high up, at roof level, and it could be a small entry, or several small entry points.
Step 3) Set traps – the best is a repeater trap mounted on the exit hole. Or, you can set a one-way exclusion door on the exit hole (We are not big fans of one-way doors because of animals chewing back in at other locations.
Step 4) Once you have removed ALL of the flying squirrels, seal and repair the entry points to prevent animals from entering in the future. Use metal, so they don’t chew through.
Step 5) Clean up the attic – decontaminate urine and feces.
Although flying squirrels can glide for long distances, 100 feet or more depending on the starting height, Eastern Gray Squirrels can also jump a fair distance.
What To Know About Flying Squirrels – If you think you can are hearing all kinds of things scratching and scrabbling in the middle of the night you may well have an infestation of flying squirrels. Flying squirrels, unlike their earthbound cousins, are nocturnal. They are also extremely sociable and love to live in a colony – which means if you have see one flying squirrel you most likely have a lot more. As with regular squirrels, the flying variety can also cause a lot of damage with their chewing and gnawing of electrical wires and wood. They have to do this to keep their ever-growing teeth at a manageable level.
The only way to successfully remove flying squirrels is by trapping them and then removing them from your property. Trapping one or two is not enough; you MUST make sure you have evicted every single flying squirrel from your attic. Since a colony can contain around 20 of these critters (we have removed 35 from a single home), you can see that the eviction process will be quite lengthy. In order to set traps effectively you will need to do some detective work to establish the flying squirrels entry and exit routes, you must then block all of them except one – forcing the critters to use the same route all the time. This is where you will then set your trap.
What To Do To Remove Flying Squirrels In Ceiling – If you think you have a flying squirrel in your ceiling you are probably wrong – you are more likely to have a whole colony of them!! Flying squirrels live in colonies and love to spread the news if they find a great place to live. The first thing you need to do when trying to remove your unwelcome visitors is a bit of detective work – get up early and observe the comings and goings of the squirrels. Once you have identified their runways and entry point you can begin the removal process. Install a trap along a runway – leave the bait just outside and don’t set it.
Over the following days, seal up all the cracks, holes, and crevices in your home but one so the squirrel can leave. This means the squirrels will only have one way in and one way out. After a couple of days put some bait inside the trap, but still don’t set it. Leave it there for another couple of days and then set the trap. You should now be able to start catching the squirrels – you should choose a multi-trap that can catch up to six rodents at a time. It will take some time for you to remove all of the flying squirrels and you must ensure you have them all and then seal the remaining holes.
How Are Flying Squirrels Getting In To My Attic? – Squirrels are determined, intelligent and curious creatures; they will use any means to find their way into warm, safe accommodations. Since flying squirrels have many of the same characteristics as their earth bound cousins, it is quite possible that you have squirrels getting in your loft via “flying”. The approach to dealing with an infestation of flying squirrels is the same as for regular squirrels, but will involve slightly different detective work. Flying squirrels are nocturnal – this means in order to discover their routes in and out of your home you will need to do some night-time observations.
If squirrels are getting in your loft via “flying” you must take steps to squirrel proof your home by sealing all of their entry and exit ways, except for the most popular route; this will force all the rodents to use that one entry way – making it a perfect location to set your trap. While you are sealing all entry points, it is a good idea to place your trap near the location you intend to use, with some bait placed just outside of it – this will give the squirrels’ time to get used to the trap before you set it to catch them.
If you are having trouble trapping and removing the flying squirrels occupying your home you should turn the job over to experts like Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC. We can safely and humanely remove and help control any wildlife problem in the Richmond, Virginia and Charlottesville, VA area. Contact us today at (434) 270-0488 or toll-free at (888) 893-1975 or visit us on the web at www.virginiaprofessionalwildliferemovalservices.com