Flying squirrels are a group of arboreal rodents known for their unique ability to glide through the air. They have several species distributed across different parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Flying squirrels possess a distinct patagium, a membrane of skin that stretches between their forelimbs and hindlimbs, enabling them to glide effortlessly from tree to tree.
North America’s most common flying squirrel is the Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus). They have soft fur that is usually grayish-brown or reddish-brown. These squirrels are relatively small, measuring about 8 to 10 inches, with a tail length of around 3 to 4 inches. They have large, round eyes that aid in their nocturnal activities, and their hindlimbs are longer than their forelimbs to facilitate gliding.
The scientific or Latin name for the Northern flying squirrel is Glaucomys sabrinus.
Common Extermination Techniques
It is important to note that flying squirrels are protected wildlife in many regions, and exterminating them is generally illegal without proper permits or licenses.
Suppose you are experiencing issues with flying squirrels on your property. In that case, it is recommended to contact a licensed wildlife control professional who can assist you with humane removal and relocation methods. They will assess the situation, identify entry points, and develop a customized plan to mitigate the problem.
Flying squirrels can cause damage to homes when they gain access to attics or wall voids for nesting purposes. They may chew on electrical wiring, insulation, and structural materials. Their urine and feces can also lead to unpleasant odors and potential health concerns.
Flying squirrels are generally not dangerous to humans. They are timid and prefer to avoid human contact. However, if they feel threatened or cornered, they may bite. It is best to leave flying squirrel handling to professionals trained in wildlife control.
Yes, flying squirrels undergo a period of hibernation during the winter months. They prepare for hibernation by building nests and accumulating fat reserves. While they do not fully hibernate like some other mammals, they enter a state of torpor where their metabolic rate slows down and remain inactive for extended periods.
If you’re facing concerns with flying squirrels in your property, contact our licensed wildlife control professionals today for safe and effective extermination services. Preserve the integrity of your home and ensure the well-being of these protected wildlife species.