Richmond, VA Flying Squirrel Removal, Control & Trapping in Virginia
(804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383
Flying Squirrel Removal, Flying Squirrel Trapping & Flying Squirrel Control in the Henrico, Glen Allen, Richmond, Midlothian and Charlottesville VA areas is performed by local wildlife experts. Did you know that flying squirrels can enter your home through an opening smaller than a golf ball? We have found that these pesky critters love to move into homes as the weather turns cooler in the Fall and Winter months. Does your home or business in Richmond and Central VA have flying squirrels in the attic, walls, ceiling, floors, vents, soffit or crawl space? Our humane capture and removal process is the solution to your wildlife removal and animal pest control problems.
Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services employs trappers that are experts in trapping and removing flying squirrels that have gained access to your attic, walls, ceilings, floors, vents, eaves, soffits, crawl space or other areas of your home. Flying squirrels will be trapped and removed quickly and humanely using the most holistic approach. Flying squirrel nests, droppings and other messes made by flying squirrels will be safely removed from attics, walls, ceilings, floors, vents, eaves, soffits, crawl space, etc. Dead flying squirrels or baby flying squirrels will also be carefully removed if found in your home in Central Virginia.
Flying squirrels are also notorious for chewing holes in ceilings and damaging sheet rock. If you hear sounds in the walls of your home, noises in the attic or see squirrels on your roof call us today at (804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383.
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Flying squirrels are typically confused with young gray squirrels due to their size and squirrel characteristics. They are nocturnal animals equipped with two arms, two legs, large dark eyes, a flattened tail, gray-brown fur with a cream colored under belly, and very distinct flap of skin/fur that allows gliding flight for these squirrels, referred to as the patagium. The patagium does not allow for long distance flight. It simply equips the squirrel with a parachute-like ability, allowing them to glide as far as 200′ feet or more. Although graceful during flight, ground life can be a potential danger for these small creatures (they are prey to house cats, snakes, owls, and other large mammals). They are colonizing animals by nature. Typically multiple are present in a given area at one time (approx. 10 – 30+ in any given colony).
Food Sources of These Flying Rodents:
Flying squirrels will dine on fruits, nuts, acorns, insects, flower buds & other vegetation, and even bird eggs. Flying squirrels are known for hoarding & storing food, usually acorns, mainly for survival during the winter months.
Life-Span & Reproduction:
The mating season for flyers begins in February and continues through the month of March. After a gestation period of about 40 days, a litter of up to 7 young are born without any capabilities of their own. Flying squirrels will nest and nurture their young until they leave the nest (approx. 65 days or so after birth). They will practice hopping & gliding during the first few months of birth until they are successful. The young flyers are completely independent around 120 days of age. Flying squirrels can live up to 6 years in the wild and even longer in captivity. As stated above, they are primarily nocturnal as many of their predators will be active during the day.
Typical Areas of Entry for Henrico & Richmond, VA Flying Squirrels:
Flying squirrel infestations typically occur in the attic or attic crawlspace of the home because flying squirrels prefer to be in lofty areas away from ground level. Flying squirrels are able to quickly & easily gain entry because of their size and climbing capabilities. They only need a hole the size of a quarter to gain entry. Flying squirrels are partial to entering, but are not limited to entry through: open chimney flues, open rooflines, unscreened gable, crawlspace, or roof vents, bath, kitchen & dryer exhaust vents, rotten fascia or soffits, rotten wood within the roofline, and a number of other potentially open areas within the exterior of a structure. Pertaining to chimneys: Starting a fire won’t help – you will simply allow the damper to become open, allowing the flying squirrels easy access inside and in to the living space. Flying squirrels will be urinating & defecating in the areas they habituate (attic/crawlspace). Insulation, existing in the attic or crawlspace, will become soiled and an odor is likely to be profound due to the excrement & debris left behind. The “R” value, which dictates thermal resistance, will become declined over time as the flying squirrels disturb & tunnel through the insulation. Their continuous running and tunneling, even without debris left behind, can destroy and make insulation useless. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services offers attic insulation/debris removal & re-insulation.
Typical Treatment for Flying Squirrels in Henrico & Richmond, VA:
Live cage trapping is NOT effective with flying squirrels, due to the fact that their bone compilation is mainly cartilage; they can easily escape from cage traps due to their size & flexibility. Because of this, Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services advises using an “exclusion” tactic to rid your home or structure of these nuisances. First, a thorough inspection by a Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services technician will be completed, area(s) of entry will be identified, and repair/sealing recommendations will be created. The technician will explain which areas need to be sealed & how, and these repairs/sealing with have to be made in direct conjunction with the installation of an “exclusion trap”. Exclusion traps are one-way doors which allow smaller wildlife (unable to be caught in a live trap) to escape an enclosed area with NO re-entry. In order to assure NO re-entry, ALL existing openings will need to be permanently sealed IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the one way door is installed. By closing off all existing entry points, and installing a fabricated exit, the flying squirrels will have one way out, with no way back inside of the structure. Flyers have a natural instinct to hoard food and can hoard a month or more supply easily. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services recommends leaving the exclusion trap on the home or structure for 2 – 4+ weeks, in order to assure ALL flying squirrels have made a successful escape. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services ALWAYS includes the removal & permanent sealing of the exclusion trap site one all flyers have exited the building.
Dangers Associated with Flying Squirrels:
Chewing is a dangerous tactic flying squirrels are equipped with. Not only will chewing allow them entry in to the home, but flying squirrels prefer to chew on electric & utility wires (Fire Hazard), drywall, wood and all other types of materials. Flying squirrels also carry ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, bed bugs, lice) that are easily transferred to other surfaces, pets & humans.
Our professional trappers will also be able to seal up holes in attic or walls including fireplaces and vents where flying squirrels have entered the home. Trapping and exclusion of flying squirrels is available for homeowners and business owners throughout Central Virginia.
We provide residential, commercial, and industrial animal removal, animal control, animal trapping, animal capture, pest control and wildlife management services throughout Virginia. Some of our service areas in Virginia include: Albemarle County, Amelia County, Ashland, Barboursville, Bon Air, Boyd Tavern, Brandermill, Bumpass, Central VA, Charlottesville, Chester, Chesterfield County (including Bellwood, Belmont, Bensley, Bermuda Hundred, Hampton Park, Moseley, Bon Air, Brandermill, Chester, Cuckoo, CVille, North Courthouse, Doswell, Dumbarton, Enon, Ettrick, Genito, Glenora, Gordon, Gordonsville, Harrogate, Hening, Jefferson Davis, Manchester, Motoaca, Meadowbrook, Midlothian, Reams, Robious, Rockwood, Salisbury, South Rockwood, Spring Run, Winterpock and Woodlake), Earlysville, Ferncliff, Fluvanna County, Glen Allen, Goochland County, Gordonsville, Gum Spring, Hadensville, Hanover County, Henrico County (including Chamberlain, Dumbarton, East Highland Park, Glen Allen, Highland Springs, Innsbrook, Lakeside, Laurel, Lewiston, Montrose, Sandston, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Wyndham, Fair Oaks and Varina), Keswick, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Louisa County, Maidens, Manakin, Manakin-Sabot, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Mineral, Oilville, Orange County, Palmyra, Powhatan County, Richmond, Richmond County, Rockville, RVA, Sandy Hook, Shannon Hill, Short Pump, Troy, Woodlake, Wyndham, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.
Contact Us at (804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383 for Virginia animal trapping, animal control, wildlife removal, pest control, animal capture, animal exclusion or wildlife management in VA involving:
- Bats (Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat, Others)
- Canada Geese
- Copperhead Snakes
- Cottonmouth Snakes
- Dead Animal Removal
- European Starlings
- Flying Squirrels
- Foxes (Red and Gray)
- Southern Flying Squirrels
- Stinging Insects
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