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12-16-2008, 07:58 AM
Has anyone seen any flying Squrriels?
I just installed a new outside security light and i left the step ladder up so i could adjust the settings.
Well the light works my wife looked out to see what set the light off she starts screaming come look at the rat,
I went to the door and there is this squirrel looking thing on the ladder i got my camera and found the batterys were dead:angry::angry:
It stayed around for awhile then lefted.
I have not seen one since i was a kid ,are they a rare sighting???

special k
12-16-2008, 08:43 AM
i had a couple entertaining me opening day of rifle season.
just at first light they were climbing trees next to me and gliding off to other trees. the higher they climbed the farther they would glide. i watched one "fly" over 50 yards, manuvering through the trees until he finished his flight.
a first for me it was amazing to see. they aren't much larger than chipmunks with large, noctournal eyes.

12-16-2008, 06:08 PM
i have them around my house

CT SwampHunter
12-16-2008, 06:55 PM
pesky little critters.

12-16-2008, 07:27 PM
I have never seen these little guys before.

12-16-2008, 07:42 PM
They've caught me off guard and scared the heck out of me a couple of times out on the deck @ night. Dang things will reak havoc on a house if theres room under the sofet.

12-17-2008, 06:48 AM
Hi folks,

I just joined this group. Besides being an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper I run Critter Control. We are America's leading Nuisance Wildlife service with over 125 offices nationwide.

For the past few weeks I have been dealing with nothing but Flying Squirrels. I recently took over 3 dozen out of an attic in Southington. If they are on your house they are likely in your house. They can get in a variety of ways and only need an opening the size of a quarter to get through. They live in communal families and you can expect anywhere from 5 to over 30 to take up residence in your attic. They re nocturnal so you don't really know they are around until you hear things going bump in your attic in the night.

Here is some information on them for any one interested.


The flying squirrel has many distinct qualities that differentiate it from other squirrels. In North America, there are two species of flying squirrels—the Northern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus, and the Southern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys Volans. The term “flying” is a misnomer in describing one of this animal’s unique means of mobility. (Bats
are the only mammals capable of true flight.) 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.

Flying squirrels are extremely small in size compared to other squirrel members, such as the gray and fox squirrels. They have a broad flattened tail, enlarged eyes, and a patagium. The patagium is extended folds of skin from the wrist to ankle that enables
it to fly. The flying squirrel has two litters per year, one in early spring, and the other in mid-summer. Each litter producing from one to six young. The young are blind, naked and helpless. Flying squirrels usually live in medium (4-10) or large (10-20) communal
Families with one or two breeding males while the rest are breeding females or immature squirrels. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and feed mostly on insects, nuts, fruits, seeds and berries. They do not hibernate, but may stay in the nest during bad weather. Known predators of this species include large mammals, owls, and cats.
The Northern flying squirrel prefers conifer forests and the Southern flying squirrel prefers deciduous forests. The habitat ranges of these two species vary, but cover most of North America.

Flying squirrels may cause damage when they enter buildings via construction gaps, dormer and louver vents, chimneys, fascia boards and soffits. Their entrance hole is often times the size of a quarter. Squirrels have been responsible for starting fires by chewing on electrical wires. Other damages include accumulated droppings, urine stains, chewing
and gnawing on wood, and degradation of insulation
Outside the home they are known to denude bark on trees and shrubs, dig holes in turf, and raid bird feeders and gardens. There are few health concerns associated with
flying squirrels. They are, on rare occasions, carriers of rabies and typhus, but these squirrels pose little, if any, significant threat to humans.

There are various approaches for controlling flying squirrels. Prevention of the animal entry, or excluding the site, is of extreme importance in solving this situation.
Another technique is humanely live-trapping the animals from the space. Cage trapping can be utilized, using nuts and vegetables. Tree trimming around the building will discourage use by these squirrels, along with other birds and animals. We also recommended installing chimney caps on any uncovered chimney, to prevent unwanted animal entry.

To successfully manage a flying squirrel population, you must have an integrated pest management plan. Critter Control uses multiple approaches to eradicate and exclude these and other nuisance animals from your home and property.

Doug Humphrey
Critter Ccontrol of CT.

12-17-2008, 11:28 AM
I cut down a big dead pine tree in my yard, and one of those little guys glided out of it and landed over on my wood pile. It was pretty cool to see.

12-17-2008, 03:46 PM
Welcome aboard Crittercontrol.:)
Thanks for all the info on flying Squirrels .This is the first time i seen one around my house and i have been living here ten years..

12-17-2008, 09:47 PM

We don't see them much because they are nocturnal. But to be sure if there is one there are alot more that you aren't seeing. I would suggest you take a peek in your attic. If they are there you will know it. Their droppings look like mouse droppings only a little bigger. You may see bore holes in your insulation where they have pushed through it. Again these holes will be larger than for mice. If they have been in there for awhile then they may have established community toilets and you will see concentrations of droppings and urine in various places in your attic. You may not have any of this but a quick check in the attic is worth it. The longer they are in there the more havoc they will wreak. I am doing a home in Southington now where I have taken out over 3 dozen so far. All the insulation in the attic is premeated with dropppings and urine. It all has to come out and be replaced. So it is better to catch the little buggers early before they get well established.


12-18-2008, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the update Doug,i will look in the attic after the holidays i dont want to open that can of worms now:icon_e_surprised:

12-19-2008, 09:30 AM
I saw one in Nov. as I walked to my deer stand.It ran up a small
tree and we weae eye to eye.Cute as long as they stay outside.

03-13-2009, 12:51 AM
I used to see them in the Tolland and Ellington areas while taking trees down. That was the only time ive seen them in the day time. It is pretty cool seeing them glide right past you. Also have seen them at my parents house in Windsor Locks at night around the bird feeders.

03-13-2009, 09:08 AM
Hey Doug, do you have any helpful hints to get rid of coyotes???


03-13-2009, 12:11 PM
Hey Doug, do you have any helpful hints to get rid of coyotes???


yeah shoot them!

03-13-2009, 12:35 PM
yeah shoot them!

+1 hahahaha

03-13-2009, 08:35 PM
Hey Kenny,

Sorry i missed your question until just now. I wasn't ignoring you......Pretty much, under current law, shooting id the best option. Any dry land set for cyotes will also catch dogs. Since Collarums are not an option we are very limited on control options in populated areas......