Flying Squirrels: What You Need to Know About These Attic Intruders
Flying Squirrels: What You Need to Know About These Attic Intruders

Flying squirrels may sound like an animal act you’d see at a circus, but these outdoor pests sometimes find their way into your home. Here are some of the distinguishing features of these intruders and why they make unpleasant housemates.

Physical Characteristics

Despite their name, flying squirrels don’t have wings and they don’t technically fly. They use a fleshy membrane that extends from their front legs to their hind legs to glide across distances up to 160 feet. Unlike regular squirrels, they’re actually fairly clumsy when on the ground.

Flying squirrels average only a foot in size, so they can easily enter small openings. They sometimes share their nests with up to eight other squirrels, including adults and youngsters, especially during the winter when they congregate in same-sex groups to keep warm.

Behavior Patterns

Like most rodents, flying squirrels are nocturnal. Their periods of greatest activity are usually right after sunset and right before sunrise.Their large black eyes are designed to give them better visibility at night.

Common signs that flying squirrels have entered your home are the chirping and clucking sounds they use to communicate with each other, which will be heard primarily during their active nighttime hours. Their feces and urine pose a health risk and can also stain floors, walls and belongings.

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