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What Are Flying Squirrels?

In New York, there are two species of flying squirrels, the Northern and Southern. The Northern flying squirrel is a reddish-brown with large eyes and a flat tail, while the Southern species are more gray-brown in color, similar to the color of mice. They, too, have large dark eyes and flattened tails. Flying squirrels in New York don’t actually “fly,” as their name implies. These small, mostly nocturnal rodents actually glide through the air by extending their feet, which causes the large flaps of skin on their sides, called a patagium, to stretch out, creating “wings.” Both flying squirrels average only about 2 ounces in weight, making them the smallest of the squirrels found in NY.

Things You Should Know:

  • Flying squirrels glide rather than fly.
  • Flying squirrels are nocturnal.
  • They can carry in other pests such as fleas, ticks and mites.

Why Are They In My House?

Southern flying squirrels prefer to feed on seeds or nuts, berries, lichens, fresh leaves, and flowers, while the Northern flying squirrel prefers lichens and fungi. Still, both are frequent visitors to backyard bird-feeders, so if a food source is readily available, they may stay close and nest in attics or the wall voids of your home.

Are Flying Squirrels Dangerous?

Any human contact with squirrels or other rodent or wildlife can be dangerous as they are known carriers of fleas, mites, ticks, and many dangerous diseases, including rabies. Also, if they are nesting in your home or business, they can cause damage to insulation with their feces and urine, to the structure of your property with their constant gnawing and chewing. They can also chew on electrical wires, posing a fire hazard.

What Does It Take To Get Rid Of Flying Squirrels?

Taking care of flying squirrels should be left to the wildlife control professionals. These pests can become dangerous if they feel threatened and are not properly handled. At Parkway, our technicians are highly trained in the proper methods to deal with flying squirrels. Contact our office to discuss a flying squirrel control program that fits your needs.

How Can I Prevent A Future Infestation?

Removing potential food sources such as bird feeders and sealing up entry points can help, but it is nearly impossible to completely prevent flying squirrels from coming onto your property. One way to help be consistently protected from pests is a protection plan from Parkway Pest Services. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get rid of flying squirrels and other pests and keep them out!

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