Flying Squirrel Removal in Foxborough, Mansfield, MA

NON-LETHAL NUISANCE ANIMAL REMOVAL AND EXCLUSION

Flying Squirrels
Flying Squirrels

Flying Squirrels
PEST CONTROL IN FOXBOROUGH, MANSFIELD, MA AND EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Both Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels can be found in Massachusetts, so for our purposes we will refer to them simply as Flying Squirrels. These small, nocturnal mammals may very well be the ultimate house pest. They are social creatures who may live in communities of up to 50 in one nest. They are vocal, emitting squeaking sounds when they are communicating. Worst of all, they are active at night when we are trying to sleep. Although activity can be seasonal, established nests will be revisited annually by the same clan. In other words, they won’t go away on their own.

Unlike their name may suggest, these squirrels do not “fly”, but rather glide on a membrane or patagium, a fold of skin that extends from the wrist of the front leg to the ankle of the hind leg. When the front and hind legs are extended, the membrane forms a wing-like gliding surface. The furred, broad and horizontally flattened tail serves as a rudder and stabilizer during glides. The eyes are noticeably large, an adaptation for its nocturnal habits. Besides the loss of sleep that often accompanies their invasion into our homes, they can do an extensive amount of damage to the insulation in our attics and even the exterior of the home. Flying Squirrels will use communal toilets or “latrines”, with all the squirrels defecating and urinating in the same area. This will often cause staining on the exterior of the home from the overflow of their waste. They are very small and can fit through gaps the size of your thumbnail.

Flying Squirrels in Massachusetts

Flying squirrels typically enter our homes through small openings in the roof (trim boards, fascia, vents, under-roof shingles, chimneys, etc.). They need very little space to enter, so preparing a home for exclusion is a painstaking and very detailed process. This is where most exclusions fail, and the reason a trained professional should be contracted to perform the service. On the first visit, we will carefully and thoroughly inspect the entire roofline and sidewalls for any openings. Any entry points we discover will be fitted with a one-way exclusion cone or “check valve”. This check valve is designed to allow the squirrels to escape while preventing them from being able to re-enter. All other openings in the roofline will be sealed to prevent re-entry. We use a variety of materials to seal the openings, depending on the size of the gap. These materials include: 100% silicone sealant, .23 gauge premium aluminum coil, galvanized steel ¼” grid screening, or in some cases, replacement roof material (shingle, wood, flashing). Once the entire roofline has been sealed and all entry points fitted with check valves, the first visit is complete. We will return in approximately 2-6 weeks to remove the check valves and permanently seal the entry points.

Flying Squirrels
Flying Squirrels