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Importance of Addressing Flying Squirrel Infestations In Norwalk

January 01, 2024 - Squirrels

flying squirrel on tree

Squirrel control in Norwalk isn't always an easy task, especially when we're talking about flying squirrels. These rodents are admittedly adorable, but that doesn't mean you want them taking up residence with you in your home. Learn more about these animals and how Insecta X Total Pest Solutions can help keep your Norwalk property free of flying squirrels.

Signs of Flying Squirrel Presence

Despite their name, flying squirrels don't actually fly. Instead, these squirrels can glide from one tree to another, thanks to wide membranes that run from their wrists to their ankles. When they spread their legs, they open these flaps of skin, which catch the air and allow them to glide.

Aside from their ability to glide in between trees, flying squirrels can also climb as well as any regular squirrel. This means it isn't hard for them to access certain areas of your home. These squirrels especially love to nest in attics because they're warm, dry, and free from predators. 

The Risks Associated With Flying Squirrels On Your Property

Like all types of squirrels, flying squirrels can cause several different problems around your property. The biggest issue with a flying squirrel infestation is property damage. Flying squirrels in Norwalk can easily tear their way into your home, ripping off wood and vinyl siding to get into your house. They must also chew on hard materials to file down their constantly growing teeth. This could cause them to chew on electrical wires or PVC plumbing, which can and does lead to leaks and house fires.

Aside from the damage that they can do to your property, flying squirrels also pose a couple of different health threats. When they are living inside your home with you, they can spread certain illnesses like typhus and salmonellosis. Flying squirrels are also covered in parasites, such as fleas and ticks. These external parasites can carry diseases of their own, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This is why it's vital to keep these rodents outside where they belong.

Removing Flying Squirrel Attractants

To get rid of squirrels of all types, including flying squirrels, you'll need to eliminate certain attractants from your outdoor and indoor spaces. The most obvious attractant is bird feeders. Bird feeders contain all the foods squirrels love to eat, including nuts and seeds, so if you are having trouble with squirrel infestations, bird feeders will have to be the first things to go.

Flying squirrels may also be attracted to your garden. They eat fruits and vegetables, too, so if you have a veggie garden or fruit trees, you should harvest produce as soon as it's ripe. You'll also want to clean acorns and other fallen products of nut trees from your gutters and off the ground. 

In addition, you will need to seal up construction gaps in your home like:

  • Attic windows

  • Ventilation holes

  • Condensation outlets

  • Chimney openings

  • Circulation gussets

Closing these potential entryways can make it harder for squirrels to enter your home and encourage them to move on to easier pickings.

Know When To Call In The Pros About Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrel control in Norwalk isn't always something you can handle on your own. While there are ways for you to make your home less attractive to these rodents, if you wind up with an infestation, there are not a lot of products you can buy at the grocery store that can effectively deal with it. That's why it's best to contact professional pest control.

Here at Insecta X Total Pest Solutions,our squirrel removal services can help you eliminate existing squirrel infestations and prevent new ones from invading the same spaces. So don't live with the risks of having flying squirrels in your home. Give us a call or visit our contact page to schedule your inspection today.

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