Flying squirrels can drive you crazy if they find a way into your home because they can make quite a racket in your attic spaces. But even when they don't make a sound, they can still present a problem. Flying squirrels are wild animals. They will leave their excrement all around your attic spaces with absolutely no regard for the inconvenience this will cause you when you have to go up there to clean it. They also bring ticks and fleas into your home, which can make cleaning the mess in your attic a risky problem. Fleas and ticks can carry harmful diseases. You can avoid these issues by taking steps now to keep flying squirrels out. 

If you hope to keep these pesky, flying rodents out of your Merrimac home, you're going to have to do some hard work or hire someone to do the work for you. One of the difficulties of getting this work done requires getting up to high places outside your home. When doing this, there is a potential for injury. If you can afford it, it is far better to give this work to a licensed professional who is covered if an injury should occur.

flying squirrel outside
flying squirrel on a tree

Entry Points

The most common entry point for squirrels is the roofline of a home. They'll squeeze in through gaps or damage in a soffit, fascia, or box ends. Gaps or holes don't have to be very large. A flying squirrel is only about 5 ½ to 6 ⅜ inches long in the body and can fit through a hole the size of its head, which is about the size of a quarter. If it finds a smaller hole, it is equipped with teeth that can make the hole larger. You need to seal these holes and protect vulnerable areas to prevent entry. In some situations, you may need to use metal flashing to prevent squirrels from getting in.

Another source of entry is louver vents. A flying squirrel can crawl right into your attic space if there is a large enough space between the louvers. If there is an obstruction, it may be able to chew through it or chew through wood to get around it. We recommend protecting louvers with a heavy-duty steel grid.

Does your home have roof soffit intersections? If so, these can present entry points for flying squirrels. You'll need to get up on your roof to inspect your RSIs.

Be sure to check closely around window frames and inspect window screens. These can also provide entry points for flying squirrels. 

Note: If you already have a squirrel infestation, do not seal the entry points the squirrels are using until the squirrels have been trapped and removed from your property. When you trap a squirrel in your attack, it can do a lot of damage trying to get back out. You can tell that squirrels are going in and out of an opening on your home by looking for dirty spots. These dirty spots are created as the fur from the squirrels rubs against surfaces on the way in and out.

Access Points

Flying squirrels can use tree branches to get onto your roof. If you trim tree branches away from your roofline, you can prevent this. They may also use your downspouts to work their way up onto your roof. While flying squirrels are excellent climbers and may be able to scale your exterior, your roofline stops them from getting all the way up onto your roof. This is why they use the downspouts on gutters. Prevent this by putting wire mesh in your spouts. This allows water to flow out but keeps squirrels from climbing up.

Rotting Wood

If you have rotting wood on your roofline, it can present a soft target for flying squirrels—quite literally. Squirrels are rodents, and rodents can chew through a sound piece of wood. A piece of wood that is rotten will be even easier.

Remove Food Source

Flying squirrels may be coming into your yard because there is open trash, birdseed on the ground, or other food sources. Protect food sources to reduce squirrel activity and reduce the threat of unwanted entry. 

What To Do If You Already Have Squirrels

For assistance with squirrel management, contact Freedom Pest Control. Our technicians use humane trapping to catch and remove squirrels from properties in Merrimac, Massachusetts. We can ensure that no squirrels remain inside your property before holes are sealed up. We can also seal the holes for you as a part of our service. When addressing pest wildlife in Merrimac, you can count on the service professionals here at Freedom Pest Control. Reach out to us today and tell us about your wildlife control problem. We can help.

 

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