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What Damage can Flying Squirrels do in the Attic?

Flying squirrels will tear up insulation to use in their nests, defecate, and make obnoxious noises day and night. They will chew and gnaw on wooden support beams, walls, and electric wiring. They can cause substantial damage as well as disturb the peace in your home.

Their nesting sites turn into toxic messes. Clean up of squirrel feces presents a big safety concern. Wearing gloves, masks and following safety practices is very important. Note that a dust mask may provide some protection against dust, molds, and insulation fibers, but does not protect against viruses.

Like most squirrels, flying squirrels tend to run away and hide from humans and pets. However, they are not shy about taking up residence in your attic if they can find a point of entry, especially during the winter. In two out of every three of the cases of squirrels in the attic, there is a litter of three to five babies.

How do I Get Flying Squirrels Out of the Attic?

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In most cases, trapping a flying squirrel is the most effective way. Flying squirrels require different trapping and are harder to get rid of than standard squirrels. As squirrels are considered wildlife in many states, trapping them may require a special permit. Be sure to check your local trapping laws and legal requirements as they may differ from county to county. The safest method of removal is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the squirrel problem. Wildlife control specialists are trained to humanely catch and remove troublesome squirrels and flying squirrels from homes and attics.

Why Should I Address the Problem?

Flying squirrels can transmit a number of diseases as well as cause a lot of damage by gnawing on wires, insulation, and wood. Another good reason to address the issue is the entryways made by squirrels allow for other wildlife and rodents to infest your home and will be even a bigger problem than you have before.

What are the Most Common Diseases Spread by Flying Squirrels?

Lyme, leptospirosis, rabies, and tularemia are diseases they spread. Squirrels are also a host for parasites, like ticks, fleas, and mites which can transmit a number of diseases as well.

What are Some Preventative Measures?

  • Do not feed wildlife (remove bird feeders, or move them to a distant tree)
  • Get your home inspected by a wildlife control specialist
  • Seal entry points (be sure that all wildlife is gone)
  • Get professional-grade repairs done
  • Install vent, ridge, and roof guards
  • Squirrel and flying squirrel exclusions

What Fees are Associated with Flying Squirrels?

The fees to removal and control squirrels are variable. Contact us for a no-obligation quote.

What Services do we Provide?

Squirrel Removal | Squirrel Trapping | Squirrel Feces Clean Up | Insulation Replacement | Repairs | Squirrel Disinfecting and Deodorizing

Contact your local Wildlife Removal experts, Summit Environmental Solutions, for quick Squirrel Removal, in Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA.

Contact us online or give us a call at 703-884-2124 when you need our services. For dog or cat issues, contact your local municipal animal control office.


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