If you suspect that you have flying squirrels in your home, there are some things that make this different than having gray squirrels in your home. Here are some things to know about these amazing creatures:
1. In the wild, flying squirrels live in woodpecker holes.
Holes in wooden trees are the place where flying squirrels get away from the cold and make their nests. This makes siding gaps and holes a tempting choice for these furry critters.
2. There are two species of flying squirrel in the United States.
The Northern US and Canada have two species of flying squirrel that live there. Flying squirrels in Atlanta are typically the southern flying squirrel, whose population covers most of the eastern half of the US.
3. Baby flying squirrels are helpless for a long time.
Baby flying squirrels are nursed by their mother for an average of 65 days, which is significantly longer than most mammals of this size. Depending on when they are born, they may stay with their mother from summer until the following spring.
4. Flying squirrels have multiple nests at any time.
Flying squirrels in the wild will maintain a number of homes; if one becomes uninhabitable, they can carry their babies to other homes when they need. Savannah-area flying squirrels were seen carrying babies away from flames during a forest fire.
5. They are most active at dawn and dusk.
These wily little rodents are crepuscular, meaning they like to move around at sunrise and sunset. The large eyes they have may make them really cute, but they are designed for seeing well. One sign that these creatures are around your home is a short “cheep” sound in the trees around sunset.
What do you do if there are flying squirrels in your home?
If you suspect that you have flying squirrels in your Atlanta-area home, give us a call. We can look at your house, confirm that you have a flying squirrel problem and give you our step-by-step plan to fix the issue and prevent it from happening again.