Southern Flying squirrels are the smaller of two flying squirrel species indigenous to North America. They generally have grey-brown fur with white furred bellies, and they’re notable for the furry membrane which goes between their front and back legs. When they reproduce, flyers generally have 2-7 pups two times per year.
Why They’re Pests
Nobody needs to live with their entire extended family, and it would be even worse to have somebody else’s entire family move in your home as well. Regrettably, when a flying squirrel decides that your home is a great hangout, they bring an entire colony of flyers together to roost. Flyers seek out warm, enclosed places like attics during the autumn and the cold winter months so that they can store food and stay cozy while winter rages outside. Pregnant flyers additionally seek the security of attics for birthing and raising their pups.
Flyers aren’t directly dangerous to people if managed properly (though, like any animal, they will bite if they feel threatened!) These creatures are rodents, which means they must chew to file their teeth down. This gnawing can result in potentially massive property damage as flyers may chew on anything, such as structural elements and electric wiring. Wiring damage is a really serious concern since it can quickly become a fire hazard.
Flying squirrels mainly carry one disorder that affects humans: typhus. It’s uncommon to catch typhus out of a flyer, but it is a risk to think about. Flying squirrels also play host to a lot of different parasites, such as but not restricted to lice and fleas. Rabies is very uncommon in flyers, but it’s possible for them to have it.
Because flying squirrels reside in colonies, it is not sufficient to trap a few and call it a day. You have to ensure that each flyer is relocated away from your house, which can be a time-consuming undertaking. To make removing and relocating your southern flying squirrel issue simpler, consider employing a professional wildlife removal and relocation team. Professional wildlife extractors can make sure each member of the colony is securely and properly captured and relocated. After all the flyers have been eliminated, your professional wildlife removal and relocation specialists can recommend repairs for your house to keep it from being re-colonized.