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
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.
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. You may have heard in the national news about the squirrel problems in New Jersey.
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.
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
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.