Have you woken up to the sound of scurrying and scratching noises coming from your attic or chimney? There’s a good possibility that you have flying squirrels in your attic or chimney that have made themselves at home. Why your attic or chimney? Perhaps they couldn’t find a tree nearby to nest. When flying squirrels y can’t find a tree, they will seek out tree-like locations – like your attic. They are quick to find an entry on your home, and often they are seeking the warmth found in attics to give birth.
Unwanted pests in your home is unnerving, but unwanted rodents are worse. You can spend time and money researching ways to rid the flying squirrels in your home, or you can call the wildlife experts at Alpha Wildlife to perform flying squirrel removal. We have the tools necessary to remove the flying squirrels safely and are trained in the techniques of flying squirrel exclusion in the greater Knoxville area.
Flying squirrels have distinct qualities. They are small in size, compared to other squirrels such as grey squirrels, are usually no longer than 12 inches, and weigh around five ounces. They have enlarged eyes and a broad, flattened tail. The term “flying’ is only a misnomer. It’s what we describe as this animal’s mobility. Flying squirrels have a patagium (wings). This is the extended webs of skin that go from the squirrel’s front and back legs and it enables the squirrels to fly (actually they glide!). They’ve been known to glide the length of a football field. Flying squirrels live in communal families with 4 to 20 other flying squirrels.
The entry holes of flying squirrels are often just the size of a quarter. They most often cause damage when they enter homes or buildings via construction gaps, gaps around siding, chimneys that are uncapped, via louver vents, fascia boards and soffits. After flying squirrels nest in your attic for a while, you can be sure that their population in your attic increases! This causes them to chew holes around the outside of your attic in an attempt to create easily accessible entry points for their friends and family!
Flying squirrels have been known to chew and gnaw on wood, and also electrical wires in attics which can start fires. They can also cause damage by leaving droppings and urine stains on attic insulation. We can remove the soiled insulation and replace it, if needed. Outside of your home, flying squirrels are known to chew on shrubs and bark on trees, raid bird feeders and gardens, and dig holes in turf.
Sometimes flying squirrels carry diseases like rabies which can be dangerous to your pets, along with ticks, mites and parasites.
Once all nuisance pests have been trapped, the Alpha Wildlife Knoxville team will move on to the next step – repair. Alpha Wildlife trained professionals will recommend the best clean-up and restoration plan depending on the amount of droppings in your attic.
Some times a full home-exclusion is needed after these destructive rodents have invaded and lived in your attic for a while. Exclusion is needed when the flying squirrels have created multiple points of entry and we have to seal every gap on your home to prevent re-entry. Sometimes we fill crevices where no damage has been done to prevent future invasions. If insulation is soiled, we can remove and replace it.
In solving a flying squirrel invasion in your Knoxville-area home, there are several approaches we can take to reduce the possibility of a flying squirrel infestation. After a full assessment inside and outside your home, we will integrate a complete pest management plan based on your circumstances.
This is always important. Our wildlife team can teach you things to look for on your home that will help prevent future invasions in your home. Among other things, we recommend installing chimney caps, trimming trees around your home and buildings on your property, and ridding your yard of all easily accessible food sources including bird feeders and pet bowls.
Live Trapping: We will figure out the best course of action to eradicate the flying squirrels on your property, and have the right traps for the job, along with their favorite foods!
Alpha Wildlife’s local team of wildlife experts in Knoxville provide top notch rodent control that is effective and competitively priced. Call us today! We’ll quickly rid your home of flying squirrels so you can retain your peace of mind.
Make sure to choose the flying squirrel removal experts you can count on – Alpha Wildlife! To learn more about flying squirrel removal and prevention in the Knoxville, TN area, follow us on Facebook or YouTube or call us at (865) 224-6555. Contact our flying squirrel control experts to learn more!
Alpha Wildlife offers flying squirrel removal in the greater Knoxville, TN area, including Alcoa, Clinton, Dandridge, Friendsville, Gatlinburg, Greenback, Kodak, Lenoir City, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, Powell, Sevierville & Townsend.
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After detecting the wildlife and the area, we will come up with a trapping solution that is efficient and ethical.
Once we have removed the wildlife from your property, we make sure strategies are in place to prevent the problem from repeating.
If any damage was made to your property prior to trapping, we will come up with a solution to handle any repairs.
We had a terrible smell in our bathroom that we assumed was a dead animal. We needed help ASAP! We called and were able to get someone on the phone right away and they came out very quickly. They found the issue and were finished in less than 20 minutes! Excellent service! I would highly recommend.
Worked with us and helped us once we realized we had animals living in our attic. In total they removed 3 raccoons and 2 opossums. All the entry holes were sealed. Great service. I highly recommend.
I called Alpha Wildlife and within an hour they came out and took care of the issue in minutes with ease. They were very professional and had awesome customer service. I will be sure to recommend to everyone I know that might have unwanted guest in or around their home!