Essex CT Skunk trapping

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Skunk warning prior to spraying

Skunk Removal Essex CT

Skunks have been active in Essex CT lately. Skunks under sheds, skunks under steps. Had a large skunk stuck in a window well. One persons dog was sprayed and they made the mistake of letting him in the house. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk do not let them in the house. Dogs will run around trying to wipe the skunk spray off on your rugs and furniture.  For Essex CT Skunk Removal call RF Wildlife 860-510-6313 I am located on the border between Old Saybrook and Essex.

Skunk Breeding season starts late winter.

You may notice in Essex CT that around February the smell of skunk is common.  This is a good time to check under decks, under sheds and under steps for den sites. Here is a couple of picture of what a skunk entry looks like.

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skunk den under shed

 

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A skunks entrance under a porch in CT

 

Skunk Breeding season

My first skunk removal calls for the year typically start around Valentines day. Since being in business like clockwork I would get a few calls on Valentines day. This year that did not happen. The extreme winter is most likely to blame. Temperatures at night are well below freezing, with negative wind chills.  Shoreline towns such as Old Saybrook, Essex, Madison, Clinton, Old Lyme have over twelve inches of snow pack making movement for skunks difficult. Skunk removal’s in these towns are normally my first of the season due to the fact we tend to have less snow, and slightly warmer temps. City skunks also seem to be hunkered down. Skunk removal in West Haven, New Haven, Hamden, Branford is typically active all year. Towards the end of February Durham, Haddam, and Middletown skunk removal calls are very active.

Skunk removal calls come at two times a year mostly, the skunk breeding season in February, and when the young skunks start leaving the den in June. Now that skunks seem to be running late this year Skunk removals will probably pick up late June into July. Fourth of July picnics may have some unwelcome guests this year due to this. Young skunks are active at any time near the den site. Young skunk spray just as much if not more than older skunks. The spray is not as potent as an adult, but still stinks. Skunk control in Essex CT picks up during the summer. Skunk control calls in Madison, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton ,Old Lyme also pick up at this time when cottages are opened for the season.  Call 860-510-6313 for any skunk related Problems.

Raccoons under deck

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Ground entry points for raccoons: Decks , Sheds, hot tubs.

A good way to find  Raccoon entry points is to take a  walk around the outside of your house looking closely at where the house meets the ground. Are any of the vent covers Damaged or removed ?  Have any doors been left Ajar particularly the basement or rarely used garage door?  Is there missing or muddy siding?  Are you seeing any digging, dirty spots, or loose boards or lattice? Any of these signs can point you to a possible entry point on ground level.  You should do an inspection like this During the spring and fall at minimum. Doing such an inspection a few days after a fresh snowfall is also a great way to find an active den, thou the animals living there normally may be stuck at another den site for the time being.

Raccoons are a creature of habit, they tend to get into somewhat of a routine. Raccoons will have a latrine site close to where they are living.  Raccoon latrines are dangerous and precaution should be taken when working around them. The Raccoon page talks more about this. Raccoon trails are easy to spot on clean surfaces the muddy foot prints are easy to identify.

Below is a series of pictures taken in Connecticut showing a raccoon latrine and trail leading onto a deck.  The home owner informed me that a woodchuck was living under the deck.  My original call to this site was because the house smelled like skunk.  Skunks have taken up residence with the hibernating wood chuck. I have captured five skunks from under this deck,  job is ongoing at this time.  I believe that raccoon may be in the same woodchuck den, yet the breeding skunks spraying inside the den may have forced the raccoons to remove themselves for the time being.

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Raccoons Climbing onto a deck

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broken sideing, muddy trial up to deck from raccoons

 

Skunk den

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skunk den top view

I get asked what skunk dens look like. Here is some pictures of a skunk den site in a retaining wall.  I ended up catching four skunks out of this den before closing off the hole.  This entrance is a lot bigger than a normal den entrance, the typical den entrance is slightly larger than a softball.Skunk Den

These pictures where taken during the breeding season, normally there would be  less sign than pictured here. You can see how well used the trails leading away from this den are.  If the skunks were not removed June-August time frame the home owner would start seeing kits out at all times even during daylight. The young skunks can spray at this time typically they spray more readily than the adult skunks.  The young skunks spray is not as potent as the adults, but can still pack a punch. Skunk trail in snow

I occasionally will catch raccoons, opossums and woodchucks (ground hogs) along with the skunks out of den sites like this. It is possible to have many types of animals coexisting in a one spot, happens most often with woodchucks. Woodchuck dens tend to have many chambers and attract a variety of critters.

For skunk removal service in Connecticut CT give us a call 860-510-6313.

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Skunk den in a crawl space CT.

Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low

Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low

Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say

February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, kvelsey@courant.com, The Hartford Courant

Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.

Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.

taken from http://articles.courant.com/2012-02-26/news/hc-rabies-trends-0227-20120223_1_rabies-cases-rabies-spread-contact-with-wild-animals

I found this while browsing the local news.  I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick.  The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon.  I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon.  I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon.  Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin.  It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second. 

Essex CT squirrel removal

RF Wildlife recently responded to a call in Essex CT the home owner had a squirrel running around the living room.  We chased out the squirrel that was hiding under the armchair. Upon further inspection we noticed the door to the attic ajar. The squirrel had a nest in the corner of the attic. Bat droppings or guano was also found in the attic. A squirrel chewed a hole in the louver vent and screen allowing access for the bats also.  After making sure no other squirrels were still in the home we removed the nest. We then installed a one way door device (bat cone) over the hole and seal the rest of the vent with hardware cloth. 

closer view of wire chewed by squirrels
closer view of wire chewed by squirrels

Wiring had been chewed by the squirrels causing a fire hazard. Even though this homeowner lived in a well maintained home squirrels do not discriminate. If you are hearing noises in your attic , please do not hesitate, call a professional. Animals can and will cause major damage once they have access into your home.

Skunks and snow

It is that time of year again, Skunk breeding season is in full swing in CT. Our first Nuisance complaints started Valentines day. The typical call is for the skunk spraying under the house. Many of the people noticed the trails leading under the deck or house in the snow, but waited. We get the call after the home owners wake up in the middle of the night eyes burning, difficulty breathing from the potent spray. The skunk smell can linger for weeks or months.Skunk Control CT

Skunks will hold up for a few days when the weather gets bad, but they do not hibernate like groundhogs.  Storms like the blizzard we have just experienced do not hinder the skunks much. Now is a good time to walk around your property looking for trails in the snow. Skunks trails will always lead to a hole of some sort.  Skunks will move under sheds, crawl spaces and decks. Do not make the mistake in assuming that a woodchuck is the only resident under your shed. I find many times skunks living in the same hole as a woodchuck.

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A skunks entrance under a porch in CT. Home owner tried moth balls before calling.

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Skunks do not need a lot of room to get under something, they may look big but that is mostly fur. Spaces under three inches high and four inches wide is more than enough room for a skunk to fit. 

Bird feeders are a favorite source of food for the skunks this time of year especially. Raccoons will also visit bird feeders for an easy meal.  Skunks will have multiple den sites normally, and will visit them regularly in our area I find the time between visits average seven to eight days.  I am happy to answer any questions just use the contact form or give me a call.

 

2018 fall Squirrel report

Looks like this fall is going to be a busy season for squirrels. Flying squirrels seem to be becoming a nuisance early this year. The mild winter of last year and a good crop of acorns may be to blame. The same story can be told about the grey squirrels. 

If you are hearing noises in your attic, note the time you are hearing them. Gray squirrels are most active from dawn to dusk. Flying squirrels throughout the night. Mice can be anytime.

If you are unsure what you are hearing try hitting the spot you hear the noise. A mouse will usually freeze, squirrels typically will run. Flying squirrel droppings are easily confused with mouse droppings.

In these tough economic times more and more home owners are trying to tackle squirrel problems on their own.  The problem is that many fail to do the job correctly, and educate the squirrel in the process. A Grey that is educated can be a very difficult animal to capture.  Some home owners are successful with gray squirrels. I have yet to meet a home owner that has been successful with flying squirrels. My typical do it yourself clients have done battle with the flyers for two years before they call me. Flyers normally leave in the spring and return in the fall. The only way to remove them permanently is to close off all possible entry points into the home. They will chew in but tend to chew less than the typical Grays.

Finding nuts in your attic? Grey squirrels do not normally bring many nuts into the attic. Flyers on the other hand will have a cache of nuts somewhere. You may even here them dropping the nuts down a wall during the night. Sometimes these caches of nuts can be three feet deep in a wall cavity. White footed mice will also store nuts, yet not in such abundance.

Raccoon in attic removal CT step by step

     It all starts with a call. What was described to me on this call I was convinced that this would be a bat or squirrel job. When I arrived on the job I did a preliminary walk around the house. I noticed some vent damage which could be from gray squirrels, raccoons, opossums. I am still thinking possible gray squirrels, or bats let in by previous gray squirrels.

Vent damaged by raccoons

This is a attic vent damaged by raccoons.

 

     I head up into the attic by the time I got near the vent pictured I start hearing young raccoons.  At this point I leave the attic, I did not want to spook the mother raccoon to move her young into an inaccessible area of the attic.

I then head to the roof and get a closer look at the attic vent. Install a positive set trap (trap that is unbaitted that forces the animal into the trap in order to leave the attic)

Closer look at vent damaged by raccoons in CT

Closer look at attic Vent damaged by raccoons

 

The next day my client calls me telling me we have caught mother raccoon on the roof. I was already in rout being that the forecast called for temps in the upper 80s.

I removed the mother and then went inside the attic to retrieve the young. I retrieved the first within 10minutes of being in the attic. I searched the attic and could not locate anymore young. I was convinced their were more young and instructed the home owner to listen out that night.  The next morning I get the call that they did hear another raccoon. I went into the attic and made some raccoon calls. The next of the young showed himself. I retrieved him and did another search of the attic. No more raccoons were found or heard from. I sealed off all the attic vents completing the job.

Raccoon trap set for mother raccoon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mother raccoon trapped

Mother raccoon waiting in trap the next day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Baby raccoon found in attic CT

 
 
 
 

Bat Guano in CT attic

 

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Bat guano in CT attic

If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.

Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies.  A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.

Raccoon in bathroom

 

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Raccoon removal from public bathroom CT

 

This raccoon was removed from a public bathroom today. He decided to pull open a skylight and fall through a screen, effectively trapping himself in a locked bathroom. A worker went into the bathroom and had a close encounter with this raccoon.  Apparently the raccoon acted aggressively to the employee, then climbed a wall into a small attic space. The space was much to tight to employ a catch-pole. Luckily I had a Comstock cage trap on the truck. I installed the trap and the raccoon was removed the next morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Comstock for is innovative trap design, this trap was installed upside down on a ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raccoons Move into Connecticut Suburbia

Raccoons Move into Connecticut Suburbia

 

Coming soon to your neighborhood – the Masked Bandit and all his friends. He’s curious and cute, but not what you would call a good neighbor.     

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Raccoon damage to attic vent in a Connecticut cottage Westbrook

 

Raccoons make their homes in many different types of environs. They prefer to live near streams or other water sources in established wooded areas. They inhabit most of the United States and southern parts of Canada.

 

The raccoon’s natural habitat is changing. Urban expansion, agricultural growth and the clear-cutting of forests is forcing the raccoon to migrate, en masse, to suburbs and cities. In fact, more raccoon populations now live in the city than in woodlands.

 

Raccoons are highly intelligent mammals. They have five fingered toes which allow them to manipulate garbage can lids and open containers with ease. They tend to eat whatever their environment supplies. In the wild, they consume nuts, suck eggs, strip fruit trees, and eat frogs and insects. In the city, they consume all kinds of garbage, dog food and wipe out vegetable gardens. They are a nuisance to farmers. A large pack of raccoons will destroy a corn crop and decimate a fruit orchard.

 

Housing developments create the ideal habitat for raccoons. They find attics, basements and large drainage pipes to be dry, dark and warm – the perfect nesting ground. With cities providing easy access food and water sources, and the perfect place to live, it is no wonder the raccoon is changing its habits.

 

Some animal experts believe the raccoon has easily adapted to living among people because the young learn quickly from previous generations. They build upon this knowledge when adjusting to new living conditions, making each successive generation more at home in suburbia than in the woodlands.

 

Many raccoons have never lived in the wild. These are half-wild, half-tame creatures that rely on people for the necessities of life. City-born raccoons have lost their fear of people. Without this fear, their naturally inquisitive tendencies lead them into dangerous situations such as choosing hazardous places to den, like chimneys and fireplace flues.

 

In the city, raccoons have few natural enemies; though they are often the victims of roaming dogs and swift automobiles. With their funny habits and winsome ways, raccoons are a source of amusing entertainment. People tend to consider raccoons as cute, loveable animals. Some people feed raccoons regularly, not realizing they are placing the raccoon in a harmful situation.

 

Cities will continue to grow and farmers will continue to clear woodlands. The raccoon and his family must adjust to the loss of their natural habitat. The raccoon is learning to live side by side with people, but it is a necessary alliance not made by choice.

Skunk Breeding season, Love is in the air

Skunk breeding season is upon us, and love is in the air literally.

Skunk breedin season

Pepe Le Pew

February – March is the breeding time of the skunk. You may have noticed that you have been smelling skunk for the past couple of weeks. Driving you may have noticed more skunks hit on the road. The male skunk will travel many miles at this time of year searching for a mate. Just like Pepe Le Pew, they are oblivious to all else but finding a mate. He will be traveling in areas that are foreign to him and may spend the day under your shed, or porch just passing through.  When they are breeding on your property you have probably been woken up in the middle of the night eyes watering, and coughing, or gaging because the smell is so strong. Now is the time to remove the skunks before she has a litter. Male skunks will sometimes fight to the death, and will spray each other for the right to mate. Female skunks will also spray suitors that are not up to her standards. They can be for the lack of a better term be trigger happy, and may spray you or your pet if you get too close. Finding a skunk sleeping out in the semi open is more common this time of year. The skunks can be wounded, or just plain exhausted from their night of fighting.  If you are brave enough to approach it be careful skunks can carry many diseases including rabies, and distemper. Relocating skunks in Connecticut is illegal.  Skunks  are a rabies vector species RVS and transporting one from one area to the next can spread rabies to that area. The animal may look and act healthy and still be infected with rabies. The typical signs of rabies appear in the later stages of the disease. If you require professional skunk removal in Connecticut give us a call 860-510-6313. Have a question about skunk breeding season, or any other wildlife question shoot off an email to Rich@rfwildlife.com

Frozen Bat Guilford CT

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Frozen bat found outsid a chimney in Guilford CT today

Here is a bat I found frozen this morning on a home in Guilford CT. I did not disturb it on the off chance it was still alive. Seems that the weather we are having this winter has our bat friends confused. I did look at its muzzle, and could not detect any signs of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) a fungus that is killing off a huge amount of our bat population. WNS causes the bats to wake frequintly from hibernation to clean it off. This burns up their much needed fat supply and basically they starve to death during winter.

Bats will sometimes hibernate in your home during the winter months, from late fall until spring. Temperatures above 45 degrees is acceptable for a hibernation roost , and it is common for Big Browns to hibernate in homes and buildings. Rarely do we find  Little Brown bats hibernating in structures but it has been shown that they will also hibernate in structures.  Bats hibernating in homes may move roost positions within the structure, sometimes scratching or squeaking sounds will be heard when they are moving around. They may also find their way into basements for the winter hibernation period. The bats may even accidentally find their way into your living quarters during the winter months. This typically happens with either a rapid warming or cooling trend. I have also noticed that prior to or just after a snow storm bats may move around some.   Hibernating bats may respond to a sudden warm-up in outside temperature and some may be seen flying outside on warm winter nights. This will usually be a one night occurrence. Many houses that call with complaints about flying squirrels also have bats. It is believed that such houses have bats in the summer and flying squirrels in the winter, but it is possible both species can occupy the same space at the same time. Flying squirrels will eat bats that they find if they can get to them.

 

Baby squirrel in house

Baby squirrel in the house during the winter

Rf Wildlife gets a lot of calls about baby squirrels running around in houses during the wintertime. Almost all of the time the squirrel you’re seeing is not a baby it’s a southern flying squirrel. Flying squirrels are confused with baby squirrels because they are one third the size of an average gray squirrel. Their eyes seem to be overly large, they have flat tails and white bellies. Most of the time they will be found in the house at night. Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and it is very rare to have only a few of them in the house during the winter months.  The colonies are usually 10 – 40 animals. They normally gain access to the house from the upper levels. Flying squirrels will travel down walls and sometimes get into the living areas. They are not aggressive but rather tame.

Baby squirrels will be just about the same size as adults by the time winter arrives. The last litter of gray squirrels would have been born by September or October in most cases. This is not a hard fast rule for squirrels that are born in attics or other places in a house. Occasionally a female squirrel may have a late litter and their survival rate inside the human structure is much greater than if they were born outdoors. The baby squirrels from that litter may actually continue that same cycle. As you can see it is possible that you have a baby squirrel in the house.

Chipmunks in attic during the winter

Chipmunks in the attic is another common call also confused for flying squirrel problem. Flying squirrels look a lot like Chipmunks if all you get is a quick glimpse. They are the same size and shape when not in flight. During the winter Chipmunks will be in their dens in near hibernation, they wake up often to eat from their stores. When in a house Chipmunks will tend to be closer to the basement, rarely are they found in attics.

If the baby squirrels you found in your house looks like the animal in this picture you have a flying squirrels. Give us a call to set up an inspection. This is not a problem. You want to deal with by yourself. We remove squirrels from houses all over Connecticut and are experienced with flying squirrel removal one of the hardest animals to evict. 860-510-6313

Wintertime Pests Rodents

 

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squirrel removed Branford CT (southern flying squirrel)

Rodent pests are the majority of pest control calls during winter. Mice, gray squirrel, flying squirrel are the top three.

 

Many people complain about hearing noises in their attic. When they call one of the first things they asked me is what is living in my attic. The following is a list of questions that need to be answered before I can identify the problem rodent species.

What time are you hearing the animal?

Gray squirrels you will hear them running around from sunup to sunset. Flying squirrels are active. Later at night until early morning. Mice can be active at any time.

How loud are they? Do they wake you from a sound sleep?

Flying squirrels can be very loud their colonies average 10 to 30 squirrels. They will wake you out of a sound sleep. You may hear flying squirrels dropping nuts and other seeds. Flying squirrels store food in their den. Dear mice will also store food. Gray squirrels do not normally do this. Mice you’ll hear chilling and scratching. Gray squirrels are much easier to rule out.

Are you hearing the noise in one location or multiple locations?

Gray squirrels you will hear leaving the nest and going to the entrance hole. Gray squirrels usually do not explore the full attic daily. Flying squirrels will explore the whole attic. Flying squirrels will have a latrine and may have multiple entrances. Flying squirrels do not make a nest like gray squirrels do. Flying squirrels will burro into the insulation. Mice will also burro into the insulation. House mice tend to stick to smaller areas. But you still may hear them. In multiple locations on bigger infestations.

How to determine between mice and flying squirrels?

A simple test is to bang on the wall or ceiling at the spot you hear the noise. Mice will typically freeze, but flying squirrels will run.

The following is a list of commonly asked questions.

Do electronic sonic rodent deterrent devices work?

Some people say they do and some say they don’t. I am undecided on their effectiveness.

Do mothballs work to repel rodents and squirrels?

The simple answer is no. You would need to put so many moth balls that it would be toxic for humans. I have personally seen gray squirrels use a mothball box as nesting material.

Do rodenticides (mouse poisons) work well?

Rodenticides are very effective, but they have a few downfalls. Some pest-control companies mislead  their customers by telling them that the mice are going eat the poison and go outside, looking for water and die.  Most of the time the rodent dies in an attic or wall.

What is the best way to fix this rodent problem?

The best way to fix the problem can only be determined after an inspection. Sometimes there are multiple animals. I have personally been in attics that had raccoons, gray squirrels, flying squirrels, and mice all at the same time. I normally start by trapping, followed by closing off entrance points so other animals do not move in.

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Flying Squirrel removal

Flying Squirrel on a house Chester CT

Flying Squirrel on a house in Chester CT

Flying Squirrel Removal

 We have as many flying squirrel removal jobs as gray squirrel removal jobs, even though most people believe there are no flying squirrels in Connecticut. Flying squirrels are actually as common as gray squirrels, though they are rarely seen. Flying squirrels are nocturnal. During the colder months fall through winter flying squirrels may take up residence in human structures. Most the time they’re found in attics, soffits and in walls. Flying squirrels or flyers as we call them usually get in from the roofline. Rarely do we see just one squirrel. Flying squirrels tend to live in colonies of 10 to 30 squirrels. Most of the time. The whole colony is not found in the attic, wall or soffit at the same time. One day there may be three or four, the next 15 to 20. Many homeowners get extremely frustrated when removing flying squirrels. Just when they think they got rid of them, they come back. RF Wildlife has the knowledge and expertise to remove flying squirrels, and seal off their entrances so they do not come back.

How to identify flying squirrels over mice or other attic, soffit or wall dwelling rodents.

Flying squirrels tend to be active between the hours of 10 PM to 4 AM. And the hours between 1 AM and 3 AM they seem to be the most active. Gray squirrels on the other hand, tend to be active morning just before dawn, and evening just before dark. Mice can be active at any time, usually when it’s quiet. If you can locate where the sounds come from a simple test to tell you if it is mice flying squirrels is to bang on the wall. Flying squirrels will run whereas mice will freeze. They can be as quiet as a mouse. Though this is not very common. Most of the time they will wake you out of a sound sleep. Flying squirrels also store food and you may hear them drop acorns and other such nuts. Mice in gray squirrels do not store as much food in their den site, with the exception of dear or white footed mice. Dear and white footed mice are fairly easy to identify their brown on top and white underneath.

Why should flying squirrels be removed?

Flying squirrel should be removed not only because are noisy, or that they store food. Flying squirrels will also chew on wiring, and have the uncanny knack of removing wire insulation without getting electrocuted. Besides being a fire hazard. They also are one of the few animals that make the latrine. The other two animals that make latrines are raccoons and otter. Flying squirrel latrine (where they defecate and urinate) can seep through walls or ceilings. If you find it latrine in the attic. It will typically look like a lot of mouse droppings black and syrupy. This is because they drink a lot of tree sap.
You’ll sometimes see the black staining underneath soffit venting typically with vynal soffits.

Hopefully some of this basic information will help. If you need professional help give RF Wildlife a call 860-510-6313 or e-mail rich@RFwildlife.com