Flying Squirrels

Flying Squirrel in Air

The term “flying squirrel” is a misnomer. They don’t fly; they glide from tree to tree or other higher structures. Flying squirrels also create a lot of noise, especially inside attics.

How are they different?

Flying squirrels are very different compared to other squirrels. They have a patagium which is basically a furry-like parachute that allows them to glide. Moreover, the membrane extends from their wrists to their ankles. Their broad, flattened tail provides stability, while the limbs allow them to steer during flight.

They are much smaller than a typical squirrel. Additionally, their fur ranges from a tan to rust color and their bellies feature white fur. Because of their smaller size, their eyes appear to be more prominent.

What Do They Do?

Their diet is very similar to other squirrels. They munch on acorns, seeds, and bird eggs. At only five weeks old, gliding is practiced. By ten weeks, they are ready to explore their surroundings.

Flying squirrels launch themselves from a high branch and spread their limbs to catch air. Furthermore, their slight movements are what allow them to steer. The wide tail is used for braking during landing. Surprisingly, they glide up to 150 feet in a single launch!

As nocturnal rodents, they are also active throughout the year. They prefer to live in colonies, which can contain up to 30 squirrels! Big hollow trees shield their colonies from extreme weather. Furthermore, mature trees that provide nuts and seeds are also ideal.

Common Damage Caused by Flying Squirrels

The smallest entry points are as big as a quarter. Often, entry is found through construction gaps, dormer and louver vents, chimneys, and fascia boards. Like most rodents, they will also chew through electrical wiring and cause fires.

Flying squirrels are some of the messiest rodents. They leave black stains on walls, ceilings, and soffit panels. Moreover, droppings are a noticeable sign of entry. Furthermore, their chewing and rustling creates a lot of noise. Outdoors, they strip bark from trees, dig holes, raid bird feeders and gardens.

Removal and Exclusion

Trapping is the most effective way to get rid of flying squirrels. Due to their communal living habits, it takes time and patience of an experienced wildlife professional. In some instances, we use one-way doors so the squirrels leave, but are unable to return.

After removal is complete, we seal all entry points and offer methods of safe clean up. Droppings can contain a wide variety of bacteria and should be handled by a wildlife technician.

If you believe flying squirrels are living in your attic, feel free to call us at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form.

Squirrel Removal in Denver Pa

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Squirrel removal in Denver, PA

Sunday evening, we received a call from customer with a squirrel trapped in their fireplace. The home was located in Denver, PA. The owners recently opened the damper to build a fire, but the damper cap remained open.

Upon our inspection, we found the damper cap was not functioning correctly. The squirrel had climbed down the chimney flue and was unable to climb back up.

While squirrels are excellent climbers, newer chimneys are lined with clay tile. Builders started using these around the 1940’s. Older chimneys constructed of brick or stone provided ideal traction for squirrels to come and go as they pleased. However, the clay tile flues are too smooth for climbing. When squirrels are unable to climb up, they venture down into the fireplace.

The Removal Process

We removed the squirrel from the fireplace, and successfully closed the faulty cap. On the contrary, we recommended the cap be replaced.

A week later, the customer encountered another squirrel in their fireplace! In attempt to use the fireplace, the faulty damper remained open. We removed the squirrel, and closed the damper.

This particular cap and damper system is a Lyemance damper. The cable inside the fireplace opens and closes the damper. Generally, builders use these on a chimney if a damper was never installed. Additionally, they are used if the damper above the fireplace is broken. After each use, Lyemance caps must be closed once the fire has been completely extinguished. When open, animals have access to enter the chimney and fireplace.

At Backyard Wildlife Solutions, we install all stainless steel standard and custom chimney caps to prevent any critters from entering. We also inspect and seal chimney crowns to protect your chimney against water damage.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions provides squirrel removal in Denver Pa, and surrounding Lancaster County. We provide all animal removal and exclusion services in Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Harrisburg, Pa.

Squirrel Removal in Lancaster Pa

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We are experts in squirrel removal in Lancaster PA and vicinity

Squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa is common year round, but during the winter months, inside activity is at it’s height. As the temperature drops, squirrels seek out shelter from the cold nights, and often enter chimneys and the attic and crawl spaces of homes. Squirrels can enter these spaces of your home by accessing a variety of vents, or by exploiting a “weak point” on your home. Proper exclusion work done by an experienced professional in conjunction with trapping and removal of the offending animal will insure your home against repeated squirrel issues.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions recently performed squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa. We received a call from a customer who was experiencing noise in their fireplace. They suspected a squirrel. After inspecting the fireplace and chimney flues, we were able to confirm that a squirrel had accessed the open chimney.

Quite often a squirrel that enters a flue lined chimney is unable to crawl back out, due to the smooth texture of the flue tiles. After removing the trapped squirrel from the fireplace, we were able to verify that there were no additional blockages in the chimney. We then installed properly fitted chimney caps on both of the open flues to prevent future issues for the homeowner. Aside from keeping out additional squirrels, the new chimney caps will keep out birds and raccoons, as well as rain, which will help prevent weather damage.

For help with squirrel removal in Lancaster Pa, call Backyard Wildlife Solutions at 717-419-0781 today!

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We offer squirrel removal in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Reading, PA.

Squirrel Removal in Harrisburg Pa

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Squirrels are very common in Harrisburg and surrounding areas. They cause significant damage to your home and property. We offer trapping and squirrel removal for indoor and outdoor issues. We also repair damage and use preventative methods to keep squirrels out of your home in the future.

What do they do?

Typically, squirrels have two litters per year; one in the spring, and one in late summer. Generally, their first litter will disperse, but the second litter may stay with their mother. As cooler weather approaches, squirrels that have nested outside begin to look for warmer places.

As squirrels are excellent climbers, they explore and investigate your home from top to bottom. They will enter any “weaknesses” on your home’s exterior. They will enter all types of vents including ones with built-in screens.

Chimneys are another highly probable area for squirrel entry. If there is no damper in place, they will end up in your living room. Squirrels will also chew through a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum. They will quickly turn a small hole or gap into their new front door.

What damages do they cause?

When squirrels are living in your attic, the damage continues to increase. They nest in the insulation, move it around, flatten it out, and destroy the “R” value. They also chew on electric wires, causing the risk of fire. In some cases, they will scratch and chew through walls and ceilings, and enter your living spaces. We have seen severe and costly damage to window and door trim from squirrels who are stuck inside trying to escape.

Backyard Wildlife Solutions will solve your squirrel problems. We offer repair and exclusion work on all exterior components of your home. We repair holes and seal them properly, screen vents, and install chimney caps. We offer removal of squirrels and other animals in Harrisburg Pa, and surrounding areas such as Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Reading.

If you believe squirrels are living in your home, feel free to call us at 717-419-0781 or use our contact form.

Squirrel Removal – Attic in New Holland

Squirrel and pest removal in New Holland PA

Recently, we received a call from a family in New Holland, PA. Noises coming from walls and ceilings are usually signs of rats, mice, or squirrels. During inspection, we found typical signs of squirrel entry.

Squirrels are always chewing on something; their teeth never stop growing! While they are entertaining, they easily become a safety hazard. At this home, they chewed through areas near the gutter, the crown molding, and the fascia board. Luckily, none of the wiring was damaged. Not only is this a safety issue, it’s also a complicated repair process.

Trapping is the next step in squirrel removal. Once all of the offending animals are removed, we repair the entry points. Furthermore, custom chimney caps can be installed to prevent future entry from squirrels and birds.

We can also provide other preventative repairs specific to each home or business. With all of our repairs, we aim to create a seamless design that matches the rest of the building or home.

Clean up should be handled by a professional. Their droppings are a breeding ground for harmful organisms. Moreover, salmonella and leptospirosis are two common diseases found in droppings. Altogether, extreme care should be taken during the process of squirrel removal.

Call Backyard Wildlife Solutions if you have problems with squirrels and other animals in your attic and in your home in Lancaster County.  We are your ethical, licensed squirrel removal professionals.