Flying Squirrels
Flying squirrels can control their glide and speed, by direction, angle and destination, and have been recorded to glide as far as the length of a football field.

Description

To call them 'flying' squirrels is a bit of a misnomer, however, as the rodents actually use unique flaps of skin to glide among treetops and other structures. They are not capable of true flight like birds or bats. Though they are actually quite common throughout New Hampshire, flying squirrels are rarely encountered by humans because they are nocturnal.

Appearance & Habitat

Flying squirrels are the smallest members of the squirrel family, and have distinct characteristics that set them apart.

  • Their bodies are covered in gray or brown fur
  • Their bellies typically appear gray/white
  • Grow between 8 and 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) long, with their tails accounting for at least half of their length
  • Flat tails that function as brakes during flight
  • Flaps of skin that extend from their ankles to their wrists that function similarly to parachutes
  • Large, bulging eyes that help them see in the dark

They prefer to nest in forests of seed-producing hardwood trees as well as deciduous and mixed forests. Flying squirrels build nests out of twigs, bark, feathers, fur, and leaves in abandoned bird nests, dying trees, and woodpecker holes.

Flying Squirrel Problems

Entry

Flying squirrels often construct nests in ornamental and shade trees on lawns, in barns and sheds, and in attics. They may also take up residence in parks, golf courses, and other areas with constant human activity and sufficient vegetation, though they are seldom seen by people due to their nocturnal habits.

Damage

As they are responsible for the spread of fungi spores and seeds of trees, flying squirrels are largely considered beneficial. However, they become problematic when they move onto lawns and into attics as they make a lot of sound at night. Additionally, their urine smells foul and can carry harmful bacteria. Flying squirrels also gnaw on walls, structural support beams, and wires.

Flying Squirrel Control

Control and Safety

New Hampshire property owners can make certain modifications to homes and yards to ensure their property is less favorable to flying squirrels. Close up all possible entry points to homes by covering small openings, sealing cracks, replacing broken window and door screens, and adding screens to vents and chimneys. Remove possible sources of food by fitting indoor and outdoor trash bins with tightly sealed lids. Finally, restrict flying squirrel access to roofs by trimming tree branches that hang over or close to rooftops.

Trapping and Removal

Though humans and flying squirrels are typically able to coexist peacefully, females become aggressive when they feel their territory, or young are threatened. Individuals should never attempt to approach the wild animals as interaction may result in harm to them, and/or the animal. Contact the technicians at Critter Control of New Hampshire for humane and safe removal of flying squirrels from private property.

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Amherst, Auburn, Bedford, Biddeford, Chester, Concord, Derry, Dover, Dover, Durham, Exeter, Franklin, Goffstown, Hampton, Hooksett, Hudson, Keene, Laconia, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua, Pelham, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Rochester, Saco, Salem, Somersworth, Windham

We also cover the following counties in New Hampshire & Maine: Hillsborough County, Strafford County, Rockingham County, Carroll County, Coos County, Belknap County, Merrimack County, York County, Cheshire County, Sullivan County, Grafton County

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