|Because flying squirrels are highly nocturnal, they are active and noisy at night. Homeowners tend to notice flying
squirrel issues in the attic right away because they are home, on the upper floors of their home, during those
active flying squirrel night hours. Besides the normal sounds of scurrying and footprints, flying squirrels make
soft chirping and clucking noises, and their collections of food (such as acorns and nuts) in nesting sites can make
for a rather loud compilation.
Flying squirrels are naturally reclusive because they are on the bottom of food chain. In fact, the University of
Michigan Animal Diversity Website states that: “Most northern flying squirrels live less than four years in the
wild." However, in captivity they average a 13 years lifespan.
The University of Michigan ADW also tells us that flying squirrel “courtship begins in March and may continue
until late May. One litter is born per year, and the female raises the young without the help of the male.
Copulation occurs in early spring and is followed by a gestation period of 37 to 42 days. Usually, 2 to 4 young are
born, though litters as small as 1 and as large as 6 have been recorded. Newborns are poorly developed; they
weigh 5 to 6 grams, and they have closed eyes and ears, fused toes, and a cylindrical tail. By the sixth day the toes
are separated, and the eyes open after 31 days. Young leave the nest at 40 days and are totally weaned after two
months, though they may remain with the mother another month. Flying squirrels breed in the first summer after
their birth.” (Information courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Animal Diversity Web.)
In our own professional experience with flying squirrels in New Jersey, the average colony is 2- to 15- animals in
one site. But on one memorable occasion All Wildlife Removal Service took a record 54 flying squirrels out
of one structure!
Flying squirrels are small even when fully grown. They commonly get in to buildings at attic fans, roof vents,
gable vents, pork chops, and most especially at gaps behind the fascia board. Flying squirrels are small enough
that they can slide underneath shingles and don’t always leave a sign (such as fur or scratch marks). This is a
common spot that’s missed when searching for animal entry points.
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|Often people call All Wildlife Removal Service and say they have found
a baby squirrel in the house. Then they go on to describe a small animal that
is brown with a flat tail and big black-as-coal eyes. In fact, that description
usually denotes a flying squirrel - not a baby grey squirrel. The flying
squirrel is not a particularly aggressive animal. In fact, in the early 1900's it
was common for children to raid a flying squirrel nest and sell the little guys
to pet stores! This is illegal now, of course, but just goes to show that flying
squirrels are rather mild-mannered animals.
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