A flying squirrel removal job in Trumbull, CT. We got a call from this customer saying she can hear a ton of noise around 11 pm or so in her attic. We made an appointment with her to do an inspection. Our inspection concluded that she had flying squirrels. So we started trapping with multi-catch traps which allows the flying squirrels to come out, but cant get back in. We removed over 25 flying squirrels from the home. We then did carpentry and sealing up after we were done trapping.
Southern Flying Squirrels are the most common flying squirrel in Connecticut. The fur on top is grayish brown, the underbelly fur is white. Along their sides they have a flap of skin running between the front and back legs on the right and on the left called a patagium that is used for gliding. When the squirrel isn’t “flying” this flap is scrunched up and may not be very noticable. They have a 3 to 4 inch tail that, unlike the Eastern Gray Squirrel’s, isn’t bushy. These are small squirrels, weighing between 1 and 4 oz. Their black eyes look large in proportion to their heads giving them a very cute, babyish appearance
Flying squirrels actually glide rather than fly. They stretch out their legs, pulling the skin flap called the patagium taut enough to act as a gliding sail. They have good judgement of distance and can steer around obstacles mid-glide. The glides can be as long as 50 ft, but are usually shorter from tree to nearby tree. The squirrels glide from a high point to a lower point. Mother squirrels can even transport babies while gliding.
Depending on the air current, flying squirrels may glide 150 feet or more from a height of 60 feet. They can turn easily at right angles while gliding and control the direction of their glide by tensing and turning their legs and body and flapping their tail. As a flying squirrel approaches its landing, the squirrel flips its tail up and holds its body back to slow the glide down, giving the squirrel ample time to position its feet for grasping the tree trunk. Flying squirrels usually land face up and often run up the tree immediately after landing.
Flying squirrels are active year-round, are highly sociable, and will feed and den together, especially during periods of harsh weather. There are even reports of flying squirrels denning with other animals, including screech owls and bats.
When feeding on tree nuts, they will characteristically make one opening in the shell to extract the meat. In contrast, other squirrels and chipmunks break the nuts into many pieces to obtain the meat. They store food for winter use in den trees or underground.