The Southern flying squirrel does not actually fly as its name implies. With the loose skin between its four and hind legs it simply jumps from a elevated position extends its arms and legs and simply glides to its desired destination.
Southern flying squirrels have been known to glide over 300 feet in a single jump in some Virginia Cities. In Virginia Southern flying squirrels are one of the only squirrels that are nocturnal in nature. Meaning that the squirrel is only active at night. Southern flying squirrels are one of the most secretive squirrels in existence in the state of Virginia. They are shy and bashful and are rarely if ever seen by a human.
Exspecially in the cities cuch as Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and all the other Northern Virginia towns in which we service.
The Southern flying squirrel diet consists of nuts, seeds, berries and has also been known to the insects such as moths and centipedes. Southern flying squirrels are a type of communal squirrel. Meaning they like to live in large communities. A large community of flying squirrels can number between 20 and 40 specimens. The southern flying squirrel has the same breeding schedule as the gray squirrel, the red squirrel and the rock squirrel. Typically the Southern flying squirrel will have anywhere between two and seven baby squirrels that will leave the nest and fend for themselves at the young age of five weeks.
Southern flying squirrels can become a nuisance when they make your attic their home. Southern flying squirrels can be tricky to get rid of. With the Southern flying squirrel being very small they are very hard to trap. A lot of times they are trapped with the old snap type rat traps using very specific Bait. Most of the time when a attic has a infestation of Southern flying squirrels a squirrel exclusion is needed to totally eliminate the Southern flying squirrel population. Squirrel exclusion is the process of sealing the exterior portion of an attic and leaving one small opening with a mechanical tunnel type mechanism that lets the squirrel leave the premises but not reenter. This process is a must when dealing with Southern flying squirrels. Please ask your wildlife removal company if they recommend having a squirrel exclusion done to your home.
Flying squirrels will get into your attic by finding the imperfections in your roofing structure they are very keen at finding little teeny holes to work themselves into the attic area of your home. These animals can be very destructive as they are a rodent and their front teeth always grow, they like to to on various things such as ductwork, truss roofing systems, and the outside fascia board in which your gutters are attached to. There are many imperfections even in a good built house in which the small mammals can take advantage of. Most of the sounds that are associated with a Southern flying squirrel will be heard mostly at night, this is because the Southern flying squirrel is a nocturnal mammal meaning it only stirs in the evening time and will sleep predominantly most of the day. The flying squirrel is one of the smallest squirrels in Virginia, second only to the chipmunk sized ground squirrels that are found in the Western sections of the United States. The Southern flying squirrel should not be a welcome addition to your attic area once you learn of this intruder you should seek all possibilities and exhaust all resources and having this small mammal removed from the attic area of your home. If you live in one of the cities that are mentioned on our home page please click on their link to find a quality squirrel removal company in your local area to handle your squirrel in attic problem. If you are not in one of the areas that we currently have listings for please go to the wildlife control operators resource page located here to find a squirrel removal professional.
Some of the cities we also service in Virginia is Roanoke, Salem, Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, Richmond, Chesterfield, Ashland, Stafford, Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and many other towns throughout central Virginia.