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Problem Animal
Fling Squirrel

Grouping Seedivore / Omnivore
Nicknames Bat Squirrel, Flying Mouse, Rocky, @#$%^&*!
Best Known For “Flying” from tree to tree. Keeping people up at night due to extreme racket. Often will drop nuts from heights in the attic. Toilet site animal creating severe stains on house exteriors, interior ceilings and walls.
Life Span 2 to 5 years.
Mating Season Spring through Summer.  
Reproductive Details After a 20 day gestation period 3 to 8 young are born in a litter. 1 to 2 litters born per year.
Habitat Mature tree areas that provide a nut and seed crop. Woodlots and big forest areas. Mature subdivisions and urban areas.
Activity Cycle Nocturnal and active year round. Colony squirrels with large extended family units living together. Numbers can exceed 30+ members.
Food Acorns, pine seeds, walnuts, hickory nuts, birdseed, sunflower seeds, eggs (everyone loves an omelet!), immature birds, fruits and fungi.
Damage Signs Damage Signs Toilet site animal – fecal matter and urine deposited in a common area. Black stains in soffit panels, black streaks running down walls, black staining on ceilings, soiled insulation, fecal matter on flat surfaces, scratching at entry points, light chewing on entry points. Will typically migrate in homes from high to low areas (attics down to basements). Entry via the underside of homes (at ground level) does occur.
Treatment Treatment Trap and remove from the structure interior and seal all entry points both primary and secondary. Can be excluded from structures by using one way doors after all secondary access points have been sealed.
Distinguishing Features Large, loose skin flaps between the front and rear legs allowing for glided flight like a kite. Very large eyes. Lots of mascara! Chipmunk in size. Tan to rust in color.
Risk and Disease  
Nests Nests and Dens Houses (big hollow trees) provide excellent den/nest sites all year long. Flyers will utilize woodpecker holes, gray squirrel chew-ins, and construction gaps not much bigger than a silver dollar.
 

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